India’s judges ignoring abuses in occupied Kashmir

Srinagar, October 04 (KMS): Noted Indian writer, Arundhaty Roy, has said that Kashmir is the most militarized place on earth where people have been fighting for right to self-determination for the last over 70 years.

Arundhaty Roy in an interview with news organization The Intercept said India’s moral position on Kashmir has never ever been a moral position and it is a kind of moral corrosion that has corroded all of us and now the world is looking at it.

London-based weekly magazine The Economist has reported that India’s judges are ignoring the govt’s abuses in occupied Kashmir. It said 7 million people of the Kashmir valley certainly feel some urgency as they have been under virtual siege since 5th of August. It maintained that the govt wielding draconian anti-terror laws has detained some 2,000 prominent Kashmiris including politicians, businessmen, activists and journalists to prevent them from protesting and that they continue to be held without charge, many at unknown places. It added that the BJP has virtually turned the valley into a vast open-air detention centre. »

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Lockdown in Kashmir valley completes two months

Srinagar, October 04 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, forceful demonstrations were held in central, north and south Kashmir, today, against the Indian occupation and repeal of special status of the territory by India.

As the Juma congregational prayers culminated, people took to the streets in Srinagar, Badgam, Ganderbal, Islamabad, Pulwama, Kulgam, Shopian, Bandipora, Baramulla, Kupwara and other areas of the occupied territory. The protesters shouted high-pitched pro-freedom and anti-India slogans. Indian troops and police personnel fired teargas shells and pellets on protesters at several places, injuring many of them. The occupation authorities had imposed restrictions in Srinagar and other areas to forestall the demonstrations. The authorities disallowed the people from offering Juma prayers at Srinagar’s historic Jamia Masjid, Dargah Hazratbal, Dastgir Sahib and Charar-e-Sharif and many other major mosques or shrines in the Kashmir valley for the 9th consecutive week, today, since 5th August.

Meanwhile, the sufferings of the people of Kashmir valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu region continue unabated as restrictions and communications blockade completed two months, today. The continued gag on communications means is badly affecting the common people especially students, journalists and other professionals. Normal life remains crippled with shops, markets, business establishments and educational institutions closed and public transport off the road. »

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New Delhi, October 04 (KMS): India’s notorious National Investigation Agency (NIA), today, filed a charge-sheet before a Delhi court against illegally detained Hurriyat leaders including, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, Aasiya Andrabi and Masarrat Aalam Butt in a fake case registered against them in 2017.

This is the second charge-sheet filed in the case. Additional Sessions Judge, Rakesh Syal put up the matter for taking cognisance on October 23. The judicial custody of Yasin Malik has been extended to the same date. »

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Srinagar, October 04 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, where the people have been suffering due to the imposition of continued lockdown and communication blockade by the Indian government since August 5, when it repealed the special status of Kashmir, the media persons are also facing hardships in news gathering.

Kashmir valley was once considered a hub for news as countless reports about Indian state terrorism and rights violations were available on daily basis. But now the news gathering for the journalists has become a difficult task due to the continued communication blockade and arrest of political activists and Hurriyat leaders.

A journalist from Srinagar told an Indian Urdu newspaper that the official sources used to openly talk about any important issue but now they hesitate to give details about any matter. »

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New Delhi, October 04 (KMS): Amnesty International has said that reports of hate crimes in India have witnessed the steepest rise in numbers since 2016.

Amnesty International India’s interactive website ‘Halt the Hate’ in its latest data on hate crimes for the first six months of 2019 released today said that in the first six months of 2019 alone, 181 incidents of hate crimes had been recorded by the website, nearly double than previous three years’ half-yearly counts. This highlights a very alarming trend in India, it said.

“For India – where people are targeted because of their identity stemming from race, religion, caste and gender amongst others, it is essential for the country’s penal laws to first recognise the bias behind the commission of such crimes and document the occurrence of such incidents – both of which remain conspicuously absent currently,” said Aakar Patel of Amnesty International India. »

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Srinagar, October 04 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, continuing its crackdown operations, Indian police have arrested four more persons including a Hurriyat leader and religious scholar in Kishtwar and Doda districts.

Indian police during house-to-house searches arrested Tehreek-e-Hurriyat leader Noor Muhammad Malik alias Fayaz Malik, religious scholar and local Imam Manzoor Ahmed Ganai, a government teacher Farooq Ahmed Butt and a youth Masood Ahmed.

As per the copy of FIR the arrested persons were involved in pro-freedom activities and raising voice against the Indian forces’ brutalities in occupied Kashmir.

It is pertinent to mention here that over 20 persons have been arrested by the Indian police during last four days in Kishtwar and Doda districts.

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London, October 04 (KMS): The judges of India are ignoring the abuses by the Indian government in occupied Kashmir, says a media report.

London-based ‘The Economist’ in its report said, the seven million people of the Kashmir valley certainly feel some urgency. Since August 5th the overwhelmingly Muslim Majority Jammu and Kashmir has been under virtual siege, it added.

The magazine said that wielding draconian laws, the authorities had arrested hundreds, not for any crime but to prevent protest demonstration in the territory. They have also restricted people’s movement and imposed a total block on mobile phones and the internet, it added. »

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Washington, October 04 (KMS): A nuclear war between India and Pakistan could, in less than a week, kill 50-125 million people, more than the death toll during all six years of World War II, and lead to global climate catastrophe, according to researchers in the US.

A study by researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder and Rutgers University examined how such a hypothetical future conflict would have consequences that could ripple across the globe.

Today, India and Pakistan each have about 150 nuclear warheads at their disposal, and that number is expected to climb to more than 200 by 2025, the researchers said amid recent tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours over the Kashmir dispute after India revoked special status of occupied Kashmir. »

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Srinagar, October 04 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the sufferings of the people of Kashmir valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu region continue unabated as restrictions and communications blockade complete two months, today.

The continued gag on communications means in the Kashmir valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu region badly affecting common people especially the lives of those professionals dependent on internet, students and journalists.

Life in the occupied territory remains crippled due to heavy presence of Indian troops dotting the roads and streets. All shops, markets, business establishments and educational institutions are closed while traffic if off the roads. The shortage of essential commodities like milk, baby food and life-saving medicines due to blockade is adding to the miseries of the residents.

Narendra Modi-led communal government in New Delhi had put occupied Kashmir under military siege on August 5 this year when it repealed special status of the territory. »

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New Delhi, October 04 (KMS): In New Delhi, the students of Jawaharlal Nehru University during an event attended by Indian Minister Jitendra Singh staged a protest against the scrapping of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution that granted special status to occupied Kashmir.

A heated exchange of words took place between groups of students from Left leaning organizations and the Hindu extremist RSS-affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP). The groups also resorted to sloganeering.

The students protesting outside the JNU convention centre carried posters and raised slogans like “Kashmir hai kashmiriyon ka, Hindustaniyon ki Jagir nahin” (Kashmir belongs to Kashmiris – It’s not an ancestral property of Indians). »

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