Detroit, Sept 14 (KMS): US Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib has condemned the Indian government’s revocation of Articles 370 and 35A in occupied Kashmir and urged the Indian government to lift the communication blockade in the valley.
In a statement, Tlaib said, “I condemn the Indian government’s revocation of Articles 370 and 35A, the communications blockade it has imposed, its suppression of life-saving medical care, and the reports of widespread violence, torture and other human rights violations being carried out in Jammu and Kashmir. »

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Islamabad, Sept 14 (KMS): Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan Friday said Pakistan will always stand by Kashmiris in their just struggle for the right to self-determination.
Addressing a women Kashmir solidarity rally here at D-Chowk, she said all Pakistanis stand with their Kashmiri brethren and sisters in this hour of great agony and pain. “Today the occupied valley has been turned into the largest jail of the world where people are facing shortages of food and medicines. We challenge Narendra Modi to lift the curfew and then see the reaction of Kashmiri population,” she said. She continued that India used illegal actions to strip the Kashmiris of their identity and presently the occupation forces were trying to change the demographic composition of Indian Occupied Kashmir. »

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Kashmir valley remains under military siege on 41st day

Srinagar, September 14 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, as lockdown in the Kashmir valley continues on 41st consecutive day, today, the telecom sector of the territory has suffered a loss of more than Rs 90 crore in last one month.

Mobile Internet services have been snapped and calling has also been barred across occupied Kashmir since August 05 when Narendra Modi-led Indian government announced repeal of special status of the territory.

The occupied Kashmir, having about 1.15 crore mobile subscribers, has been deprived of the Internet services, which is not only affecting the subscribers, but also all telecom operators operating in the territory. On one hand, the mobile subscribers have been demanding waving of their bills for the period as they have not used the services, while on the other, the mobile operators are facing huge losses, as they have to bear the operation cost with a limited revenue. »

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Strasbourg, Sept 14 (KMS): The European Parliament (EP) is set to debate an urgent resolution for the horrible conditions, including human rights violations, in Indian occupied Kashmir more than a month after New Delhi scrapped the Muslim-majority region’s special status and put the valley on a lockdown.
The European Union’s (EU) high representative for foreign affairs and security policy, Federica Mogherini, is scheduled to deliver a detailed policy statement on the Kashmir situation during the EP General Assembly to be held in the French city of Strasbourg on September 17. »

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Zia Ullah Ranjah
The recent annexation and illegal occupation of the State of Jammu and Kashmir by India has highlighted, once again, the seven-decades-old Kashmir issue. Before this catastrophe, the state had special status, separate laws, constitution, and flag. Now this special status has been removed in blatant violation of UNSC resolutions and international law.
Article 7 (2) of the Independence of India Act 1947 declared the lapse of suzerainty of “His Majesty’s Government” over the Indian states. Under Article 2 (4), the princely states were allowed to join “either of the new Dominions”. While it was a straightforward decision for some princely states due to their geographical proximity, territorial contiguity or political and religious affiliation of the rulers and subjects, the accession of the State of Jammu and Kashmir became an issue. »

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Ahmer Bilal Soofi
In a recent seminar in Islamabad on the Kashmir dispute, a senior official remarked that the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions on Kashmir were passed under Chapter VI of the UN Charter and not under Chapter VII, and are therefore not binding but only recommendatory. This view needs to be corrected.
The resolutions passed on Kashmir from 1947 to 1957 cannot be termed as recommendatory only. What we need to be clear about is that, in its initial years, the practice of the UNSC was not to mention the title of the chapter under which it was passing the resolution. During this time, it was the content and the substance of the resolution that would determine the nature of implementation. If one looks at the UNSC’s practice in its first decade of existence, only a handful of resolutions mention the title of the chapter, whereas the majority of resolutions that were acted upon by the member states did not mention any reference to a chapter of the UN Charter. The states’ practice seemed to be that the nature of recommendations and measures suggested or decided by the UNSC would be determinative of the chapter or chapters under which the resolution was passed. »

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Islamabad, Sept 14 (KMS): Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that the three major world powers – the United States, China and Russia – should join hands to help resolve several international issues, including the longstanding Kashmir dispute.
“The worst in this [Kashmir] case is unimaginable that the two nuclear armed countries getting into conflict. The only way is that US President Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping use their influence to settle the issue,” Imran Khan told Russia Today’s Paula Slier in an interview telecast on Friday. »

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Islamabad, Sept 14 (KMS): It’s been more than a month since the Indian government revoked Article 370 and imposed a lockdown in Kashmir. Raising his voice against the atrocities, Prime Minister Imran Khan announced earlier this week that he will address a jalsa in Muzaffarabad on Friday (September 13, 2019), in solidarity with the people of Kashmir.
In a Twitter post, Imran Khan wrote that a “big jalsa” was in order to “send a message to the world about the continuing siege of [Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir] IoJK by Indian Occupation forces; [and] to show the Kashmiris that Pakistan stands resolutely with them”. This announcement came a day after Pakistan urged the international community “not to remain indifferent to the unfolding tragedy” at the ongoing session of the United Nation Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva. »

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Lahore, Sept 14 (KMS): Speakers at a conference said that Pakistan is making successful diplomatic efforts and the people of occupied Kashmir will soon be liberated from the clutches of India. They were addressing a national conference on Kashmir at Punjab University’s Institute of Education and Research (IER).
According to a press release, former Punjab Education Minister Mian Imran Masood, poet and writer Amjad Islam Amjad, analyst Orya Maqbool Jan, Captain (r) Khalid Shaheen Butt, Director IER Prof Dr Rafaqat Ali Akbar, faculty members and a large number of students were present on the occasion. »

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Zafar Alam Sarwar
Western countries say India is a secular state where democracy prevails, but ground realities today belie the claim. Democracy, as American president Abraham Lincoln interpreted, stands for government of the people, by the people and for the people—it means an administrative set-up determined to provide economic justice to and work for the common man’s welfare.
That is what one ought to bear in mind while assessing socio-economic progress of a country. So, let us see from this angle things happening in various parts of India, Jammu and Kashmir and rest of the region.
Poverty has been spreading fast in India over the years, driving hundreds of thousands below the poverty line and to starvation. Any keen-sighted visitor with human heart and mind will return home disappointed and depressed with prayer for the Indian farmers compelled to sell their wives and daughters under financial burden. »

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