Indian ED seizes APHC leader Shabbir Shah’s property

Srinagar, October 05 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, normal life remained crippled in Kashmir valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu region due to continued military siege on 62nd consecutive day, today.

People continue to face immense hardships due to heavy presence of Indian troops in every nook and corner and suspension of means of communications. All shops, main markets and educational institutions continue to remain shut and public transport off the road in Kashmir valley as a mark of silent protest against repeal of special status of the territory by India.

Meanwhile, India’s investigating agency Enforcement Directorate has seized the property of illegally detained senior APHC leader and the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party, Shabbir Ahmed Shah. The ED last week issued a notice to the wife and two daughters of Shabbir Shah, asking them to vacate their residential house at Rawalpora in Srinagar and hand over its possession to it within 10 days. »

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Islamabad, October 05 (KMS): The All Parties Hurriyat Conference Azad Jammu and Kashmir (APHC-AJK) chapter held an extra-ordinary meeting in Islamabad with its Convener, Syed Abdullah Gilani, in chair.

The Hurriyat leaders on the occasion strongly condemned the continued lockdown and communication blockade by the Indian government in occupied Kashmir.

They said that the lockdown and communication blockade continued for last over 60 days and the people of Kashmir were facing severe hardships including shortage of edibles and medicines. They said that Indian forces’ personnel were barging into the residential houses and arresting youth besides damaging households and torturing inmates including women. »

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New Delhi, October 05 (KMS): The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) General Secretary, Sitaram Yechury, has said that the election for Block Development Council (BDC) to be held on October 24 in occupied Kashmir, which is in a state of lockdown, is a travesty of democracy.

Following the party’s three-day central committee meeting, Sitaram Yechury told media in New Delhi that the situation in Kashmir was far from normal despite the Indian government and the BJP claiming the opposite.

“Even CPI-M Central Committee member, Mohammad Yusuf Tarigami was not granted permission to attend the meeting of the Central Committee, though the authorities claimed in the Supreme Court that he is not under detention. This shows that all the claims that so-called normalcy exists in the valley is against the ground realities,” Yechury said. »

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New Delhi, October 05 (KMS): A four-member team from Women against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS), which visited occupied Kashmir from September 23-28, has released an alarming report about the situation in the Kashmir valley.

The WSS team travelled in different areas of Srinagar, Shopian, Kupwara and Baramulla, spoke to several women and children to understand the conditions ever since the Indian government blocked communications channels and sent more troops to the territory after repealing its special status.

“There is always a threat of violence by the Indian forces hanging over the heads of Kashmiris. The families are worried even if their sons go out to play as they are not sure their sons will return home. They are living in a constant state of fear as the personnel of the armed forces forcefully enter homes in the wee hours. Imagine what goes through the women in such situations,” highlighted Nandini Rao, an independent feminist activist and member of WSS, in the report. »

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Srinagar, October 05 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, at least eighteen persons were injured in a grenade blast in south Kashmir’s Islamabad district, today.

Unknown persons hurled a grenade towards the deputy commissioner’s office in Islamabad district resulting in injuries to at least eighteen people. The injured were taken to hospital for treatment. »

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Washington, October 05 (KMS): The US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations has added an appeal to end a humanitarian crisis in occupied Kashmir in its report ahead of the annual Foreign Appropriations Act for 2020.

This could become the first step towards legislative action by the US lawmakers against India on the situation in occupied Kashmir.

The amendment was proposed by Senator Chris Van Hollen, who visited New Delhi this week as a part of a congressional delegation that discussed the Kashmir situation as well as India-US bilateral relations, trade ties and defence purchases with key officials. »

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Srinagar, October 05 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, normal life remains crippled in Kashmir valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu region due to continued military siege on 62nd consecutive day, today.

People continue to face immense hardships due to heavy presence of Indian troops in every nook and corner and suspension of means of communications.

All shops, main markets and educational institutions continue to remain shut and public transport off the road in Kashmir valley as a mark of silent protest against repeal of special status of Kashmir by Narendra Modi-led communal Indian government. The residents of Kashmir valley are facing severe hardships due to shortage of essential commodities due to continued blockade and fast approaching winter. »

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Islamabad, October 05 (KMS): A key US Senator from the Democratic Party, Chris Van Hollen, wanted to visit occupied Kashmir to see the situation first-hand but the Indian government denied him permission to go there.

Known for his views on the situation in Kashmir, Chris Van Hollen is the first US Congressman to have been denied the permission by the Indian government after the repeal of special status of the occupied territory by the Indian government on August 5. »

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Srinagar, October 05 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, India’s investigating agency Enforcement Directorate (ED) has seized the property of illegally detained senior APHC leader and the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party, Shabbir Ahmed Shah.

The ED had issued a notice to the wife and two daughters of Shabbir Shah, asking them to vacate their residential house at Rawalpora in Srinagar and hand over its possession to it within 10 days.

The notice to Bilquees Shah, wife of Shabbir Shah, and his two daughters – Sama Shabbir and Sehar Shabbir – was issued in the last week of September. The property was provisionally attached by the ED and the order was subsequently confirmed. »

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Washingtton, Oct 05 (KMS): In first ever step towards legislative action by American lawmakers against India on the situation occupied Kashmir, link United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations has added an appeal to end what it calls a “humanitarian crisis” in Kashmir in its report ahead of the annual Foreign Appropriations Act for 2020.
The amendment was proposed by Senator Chris Van Hollen, who visited Delhi this week as a part of a congressional delegation that discussed the Kashmir situation as well as India-US bilateral relations, trade ties and defence purchases with key officials, The Hindu has reported. ‘Restore communication’
According to the report, which was submitted to the Senate by Lindsey Graham, senior Senator and key Republican leader known for his close ties to President Donald Trump, the committee on Appropriations “notes with concern the current humanitarian crisis in Kashmir and calls on the Government of India to: fully restore telecommunications and Internet services; lift its lockdown and curfew; and release individuals detained pursuant to the Government’s revocation of Article 370 of the Indian constitution.” »

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