Indian troops arrest over a dozen youth in IOK

Srinagar, October 03 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, no respite for the people even after completion of 60 days of military clampdown coupled with communication blackout in Kashmir valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu region.

The residents continue to live in a state of fear due to heavy deployment of Indian troops with main markets shut, traffic off the road and offices and educational institutions although open yet devoid of any individual presence. The authorities’ decision to reopen higher secondary schools, today, proved a non-starter as hardly any students showed up at the institutions in Srinagar and elsewhere. The absence from attending schools is also being seen as being part of the civil disobedience movement against the abrogation of Article 370 by the BJP-led Indian government on 5th of August.

As communication clampdown persists, the hospitals have turned out to be the worst hit with hundreds of tasks, including the clearance of cases under different health schemes lie pending. A hospital administrator told media in Srinagar that they had constantly been asking the concerned authorities to consider their case for having a lease line for communication at the hospital, but they have given us a cold shoulder. »

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Srinagar, October 03 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, to keep an eye on protesters and movement of freedom activists, Indian police will be having 50 latest technology equipped Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) at the end of this month.

Indian media reported that the biggest UAV procurements for the Jammu and Kashmir had already been approved.

Earlier, the police used to seek assistance from the Indian military units for using drones. Now, it will have its own UAVs. The UAVs will be stationed at different parts of the valley and some officials will be trained to use them.

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Victoria, British Columbia (Canada), October 03 (KMS): A large number of students of University of British Colombia (UBC) in Canada held a rally to express solidarity with the oppressed people of occupied Kashmir.

Around a hundred students marched from the Martha Piper Fountain to the Nest in protest against the restrictions and communications blackout imposed by India in occupied Kashmir.

Echoing across University Boulevard were chants of “Free, free, free Kashmir!”, “Hear our voices! Tell our stories!” and “Hum Kya Chahte! Azadi!” which translates to “What do we want? We want freedom!”. They were also holding banners reading “Lift The Iron Curtain”, “Stand Up Against Fascism” and “Value Human Lives – Stop The Genocide”.

In between marching, organizers and Kashmiri students spoke to the crowd about human rights violations in occupied Kashmir and the importance of speaking out against them. »

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Srinagar, October 03 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops arrested over a dozen youth in different areas of the territory.

The troops along with paramilitary and police personnel during massive siege and search operations arrested several youth including Manzoor Ahmed Ganai, Noor Muhammad Malik, Farooq Ahmed Butt, Masood Ahmed Mattoo, Muhammad Muzaffar Shah, Ghulam Muhammad Kamal, Touseef Ahmed Gundna, Syed Ahmed and a businessman Muhammad Shaffi Saroori in Kishtwar, Doda and Kathua districts of Jammu region.

Meanwhile, the troops continued siege and search operations in Ganderbal, Bandipora, Ramban, Kishtwar, Doda, Kathua and several other districts of the occupied territory.

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Hospitals worst hit in absence of internet connectivity

Srinagar, October 03 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, no respite for the people as the authorities continue to impose restrictions and communication blackout in Kashmir valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu region on the 60th straight day, today.

The residents continue to live in a state of fear due to heavy deployment of Indian troops in every nook and corner of the occupied territory. The people of the Kashmir valley and Muslim-majority areas of Jammu region continue to live in a pre-communication era as there are no mobile phone and internet services. Although landlines have been restored in certain areas but they are less in number as compared to cell phones. Main markets are shut. Offices and educational institutions though open but hardly anyone turns up there. In the absence of public transport a place few kilometers away seems like another country where reaching also involves crossing of security barricades which are in abundance in the territory. »

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Islamabad, October 03 (KMS): The Convener of AJK chapter of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq-led Hurriyat forum, Syed Faiz Naqshbandi, has urged the international community to impress upon India to stop its state terrorism in occupied Kashmir.

Syed Faiz Naqshbandi in a statement issued in Islamabad said that India had unleashed a reign of terror in the occupied territory and Indian forces’ personnel were treating people like animals. He said that the Kashmiri people were also being stopped to offer Friday prayers in historical Jamia Masjid and Dargah Hazrat Bal in Srinagar for last two months. »

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Manchester, October 03 (KMS): Pakistan’s High Commissioner to the UK, Mohammad Nafees Zakaria, during an event in Manchester has highlighted the humanitarian crisis caused by the continued siege of millions of defenceless people by the Indian forces in occupied Kashmir.

Nafees Zakaria at the Fringe Event organized by Conservative Friends of Pakistan on the occasion of Annual Conference of Conservative Party called upon the international community, particularly the UK, to play its due role in addressing the humanitarian crisis in occupied Kashmir. He emphasized on delivery of justice to the Kashmiri victims of Indian atrocities and holding the perpetrators accountable. He also referred to the well-documented accounts of the crimes against humanity by the Indian forces for decades with impunity. »

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Islamabad, Oct 03 (KMS): President Dr. Arif Alvi said that India’s illegal and unilateral alteration of the disputed status of Indian Held Kashmir (IHK) and its demographic structure contravenes numerous UNSC resolutions, international law and India’s own prior commitments.
“Jammu and Kashmir was not an internal matter of India, rather it was a longstanding internationally recognized dispute on the agenda of the United Nations Security Council,” the President said this while talking to a delegation of the House of Representatives of the Parliament of Malaysia, led by the Speaker, Sri Dato’ Mohamad Ariff Bin Md Yusof, who called on him at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, Islamabad. Speaker, National Assembly, Asad Qaiser was also present on the occasion. »

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Washington, Oct 03 (KMS): President of Azad Jammu Kashmir Sardar Masood Khan has said that a just and lasting solution to the Kashmir dispute lies in the implementation of the UN Security Council resolutions and firmly urged not to rely on bilateral dialogues with India.
The President made these remarks while speaking on the Kashmir crisis organised by the Middle East Institute (MEI) and INDUS, a DC based diaspora led think-tank in Washington.
The event was hosted by Marvin Weinbaum, Director for Afghanistan and Pakistan Studies at MEI, and Raza Rumi, President INDUS.

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London, Oct 03 (KMS): Lord Qurban Hussain has called upon the international community, peace-loving nations and the United Nations to play their vital role for the peaceful resolution of
lingering Kashmir dispute, to avoid any conflict between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan.
He said Prime Minister Imran Khan had timely warned to the international community that Indian forces atrocities in the occupied Kashmir could trigger a war between nuclear armed India and Pakistan threatening regional as well as global peace.
Talking to APP, Lord Qurban Hussain said after abrogation of Article 370 of the constitution to change the status of occupied Jammu and Kashmir, he said India had turned the entire region into a conflict zone. The occupied Kashmir had been converted into a huge prison for the innocent people, with complete lockdown, he added. »

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