Doctors say lockdown took many lives

Srinagar, October 07(KMS): The Kashmir valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu region continue to reel under military lockdown and communications blackout on the 64th consecutive day, today.

The clampdown has virtually cut off the territory from the rest of the world for the past over two months. With the deployment of Indian forces in full riot gear in every nook and corner of the territory and widespread presence of barricades and razor wires, the Kashmir valley presents the look of an open air prison. The residents are facing shortage of essential commodities due to continued blockade.

All gates of Srinagar’s Grand Mosque remain closed for devotees. No prayers could be offered in the Masjid, including the Friday prayers due to restrictions during the past 64 days. Shops and business establishments and educational institutions are closed and public transport is off the roads. The internet and mobile connectivity of all cellular companies also remain suspended. »

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New Delhi, October 07 (KMS): Indians have petitioned the country’s president and prime minister on the current situation in occupied Kashmir, describing the current restrictions in the region “unacceptable”.

Some 284 petitioners, including academics, journalists, political leaders and others, said in the document: “On humanitarian grounds, we find this situation unacceptable.”

“On democratic grounds, too, we find this situation unacceptable. If the government can take away the freedom of expression and the right to debate legislation that affects their lives in occupied Kashmir, what prevents them from doing so across the country?,” said the petition, addressed to Indian President, Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. »

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Srinagar, October 07 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, at least a dozen patients have died because they could not call an ambulance and reach the hospital on time, the majority of them with heart-related disease.

Dr Sadaat in a Kashmir hospital who did not want to be identified by his full name out of fear said, “At least a dozen patients have died because they could not call an ambulance or could not reach the hospital on time.’’

Doctors at Sri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital in Srinagar, Kashmir’s biggest city, said there had been a 50 per cent dip in the number of surgeries in the past two months because of the restrictions and drug shortages. »

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Islamabad, October 07 (KMS): Information Secretary of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference Azad Jammu and Kashmir (APHC-AJK) chapter, Sheikh Abdul Mateen has strongly condemned the seizing of property of illegally detained senior APHC leader and the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party, Shabbir Ahmed Shah.

India’s infamous Enforcement Directorate has recently 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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Jammu, October 07 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, mother of Mohammad Sharif Sartaj, the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Freedom Movement, died after protracted illness in Jammu city.

The information about her death was received lately due to restrictions and communications blockade imposed by India on 5th August when New Delhi scrapped Jammu and Kashmir’s special status. »

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Srinagar, October 07(KMS): The Kashmir valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu region continue to reel under military lockdown and communications blackout on the 64th consecutive day, today.

This has virtually cut off the territory from the rest of the world. Main markets, educational institutions are closed and public transport is off the roads.

With deployment of Indian forces in full riot gear in every nook and corner of the territory and widespread presence of barricades and razor wires, the Kashmir valley presents the look of an open air prison. The residents are facing essential commodities due to continued blockade and fast approaching winter. »

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Islamabad, October 07 (KMS): A delegation of Lahore-based Rescue Kashmir Movement held and exclusive meeting with Convener All Parties Hurriyat Conference Azad Kashmir (APHC-AJK) Chapter, Syed Abdullah Gilani at the latter’s office in Islamabad.

In a statement issued by the APHC-AJK in Islamabad, today, Syed Abdullah Gilani while speaking to the Rescue Kashmir Movement delegation which was led by its head Naveed Anwar hailed their work and the means they adopted to sensitize the international community about the real situation in occupied Jammu and Kashmir. He said by using social networking sites and by sending emails to important global players the Rescue Kashmir Movement had been able to make them take notice of the plight of the Kashmiri people who have been suffering because of India’s intransigence and its use of repressive tactics against them. »

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