Turkey duty-bound to stand by Pakistan on Kashmir

Srinagar, October 02 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, normal life continues to remain badly hit on the 59th successive day, today, with heavy military deployment, restrictions and communications blockade in place in the Kashmir Valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu region.

Restrictions have virtually made it impossible for both shopkeepers and customers to access markets and students and teachers to educational institutions amid public transport being off the road. The residents continue to face shortage of essential commodities including food and medicines. No one knows the scale of miseries of the people living particularly in far-flung areas due to suspension of all means of communication including mobile and internet services.

Meanwhile, Indian police have confirmed to a four-member Juvenile body of the High Court of the occupied territory that scores of children as young as nine years of age were picked up since 5th of August when India revoked Kashmir’s special status and imposed a lockdown. Earlier, a report released by a delegation of Indian women organisations in New Delhi after a recent visit to the Kashmir Valley testified that 13,000 children were subjected to enforced disappearance by the Indian forces in Kashmir . »

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Muzaffarabad, October 02 (KMS): The Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front has condemned a Delhi High Court’s decision, which upheld ban on the party in occupied Kashmir saying that Indian judiciary has become a pawn into the hands of the government.

JKLF spokesman, Muhammad Rafiq Dar, in a statement issued from Muzaffarabad said that like thousands of illegal and undemocratic decisions against Kashmiri leaders and activists including Mohammed Maqbool Butt and Mohammad Afzal Guru, this decision, too, was a scandalous blow to Indian democracy and the Indian judicial system.

The spokesman rejected the decision to uphold the party’s ban, saying that the judge had given the verdict at the behest of the government, which proved that the Indian judiciary had become a pawn into the hands of the Indian government.

He appealed to the international community to take notice of inhuman treatment being meted out to JKLF Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik, in New Delhi’s Tihar jail and take steps for his release.

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Jammu, October 02 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, a TADA court in Jammu, today, issued non-bailable warrants against pro-freedom leaders, Showkat Ahmed Bakhshi and Javaid Ahmed Mir in three-decade old false cases registered against them by the Indian authorities.

The TADA court judge, Subash C Gupta, also directed Superintendent Tihar Jail, New Delhi, for making necessary arrangements for production of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik through Video conferencing on October 23.

The court issued non-bailable arrest warrants against Showkat Bakhshi and Javaid Mir and also directed that their sureties be produced on or before next date of hearing.

Court further observed that Muhammad Yasin Malik was not produced from Tihar Jail, New Delhi, on the last hearing.

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New Delhi, October 02 (KMS): Jamaat-e-Islami, India, has expressed grave concern over the human rights situation in occupied Kashmir saying that imprisonment of political leadership of the territory is against democratic ethos.

Addressing the media at Jamaat’s monthly press meet in New Delhi, the President of Jamaat-e-Islami, India, Syed Saadatullah Hussaini said that the Indian government abrogated Article 370 that gave a special status to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated the territory into two union territories through a presidential order without consultation of local population.

“We want the government to remove the severe restrictions on the people of Kashmir. People are without internet and mobile services for the last two months,” the JI India President said. “We are highly concerned about reports emanating from fact-finding teams to the Kashmir valley led by human rights organizations and civil society. They are reporting unjustified arrests of Kashmiri youth, application of excessive force to quell protests and severe shortage of medicines and disruption in healthcare facilities,” he added. »

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Islamabad, Oct 02 (KMS):Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has urged the visiting US Congressmen for a more active US role to help in lifting curfew and resolution of Kashmir dispute in accordance with aspirations of Kashmiris.

The foreign minister was talking to two visiting US Congressmen Jim Himes and Sean Patrick Maloney, who called on him in Islamabad. »

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Srinagar, October 02 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, normal life continues to remain badly hit on the 59th successive day, today, with heavy military deployment, restrictions and communications blockade in place in the Kashmir Valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu region.

All markets and educational institutions are closed while public transport is off the road. The residents continue to face shortage of essential commodities including food and medicines. People living in far-flung areas are particularly facing immense difficulties to access medical care.

Due to suspension of the internet services, the online stores operating from the Kashmir Valley are out of business, affecting the livelihood of hundreds of entrepreneurs as their business is entirely dependent on the internet. »

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Washington, October 02 (KMS): A US Congressional sub-committee has said that it will hold a hearing on the human rights situation in South Asia with focus on Kashmir on October 22.

Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Asia, Congressman Brad Sherman, in a statement in Washington said that Acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, Alice Wells, who oversees all State Department policy towards South Asia, would testify at the hearing.

“The hearing will focus on the Kashmir Valley, where many political activists have been arrested and daily life, the internet, and telephone communications have been interrupted,” he said. The panel will also review the humanitarian situation in occupied Kashmir and whether Kashmiris have adequate supplies of food, medicine and other essentials, he added.

Brad Sherman said that deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, Scott Busby, who overseas human rights efforts in South Asia, would also testify. “We have invited other State Department officials and we also expect to hear from private human rights activists on the issues,” he said. »

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United Nations, Oct 02 (KMS): A UN spokesman Tuesday underscored the need for addressing human rights of the Kashmiri people in order to resolve the ongoing crisis in Indian Occupied Kashmir due to the repressive lockdown of the disputed state.
“In order to resolve the current situation in Kashmir, human rights need to be addressed, and human rights needs to be in the forefront,” Spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in response to a question about the deteriorating situation in occupied at the regular noon briefing at UN Headquarters in New York. »

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Karachi, Oct 02 (KMS): Sindh Governor Imran Ismail on Tuesday said that Prime Minister Imran Khan’s stance for resolution of Kashmir issue was being endorsed by the people across the globe.
Talking to former Senator Maulana Tanveer-ul-Haq Thanvi who called on him at the Governor House, Imran Ismail said that tension in the entire region would increase if India did not hold the talks to resolve Kashmir issue. He said that political and religious parties of the country should also second the premier’s efforts for the resolution of the issue of occupied valley.
During the meeting, former Senator Maulana Tanveer-ul-Haq Thanhvi said that Prime Minister Imran Khan interpreted Islam in the UN General Assembly. »

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Islamabad, Oct 02 (KMS): Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that fifty-seven days of lockdown in Indian Occupied Kashmir had converted the valley into a virtual jail and the situation in Kashmir Valley was at the verge of a human catastrophe. He asked for Malaysian support for resolution of Kashmir issue in accordance with the aspirations of the people of Kashmir and UN resolutions.
The NA speaker was talking with Speaker of Malaysian House of Representatives Tan Sri Dato Mohamad Ariff Bin Md. Yusuf during a meeting held in the Parliament House on Tuesday. The Malaysian delegation is visiting Pakistan on the invitation of speaker National Assembly. »

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