US Senator calls for de-escalation of Pak, India tension

Srinagar, October 11 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, people held forceful demonstrations in different areas of Kashmir Valley, today, to register their protest 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 and raised high-pitched pro-freedom and anti-India slogans. The protesters at several places were subjected to brute force by Indian police and troops. Many demonstrators sustained injuries in the brutal actions of forces’ personnel. The authorities did not allow people to offer Juma prayers at Srinagar’s historic Jamia Masjid and many other major mosques or shrines in the Kashmir Valley for the 10th consecutive week, today, since 5th August.

The protesters told media on the occasion that they will continue their freedom struggle despite all odds. They thanked Pakistani people and Prime Minister, Imran Khan, for supporting their just cause and expressing solidarity with the besieged people of occupied Kashmir. »

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Islamabad, October 11 (KMS): Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that it is time to tell the world that the country will always stand by the people of Indian-occupied Kashmir.

He was addressing a Kashmir solidarity rally in Islamabad, today, where he also took part in a human chain formed to showcase the Pakistani resolve to stand against Indian aggression to protect Kashmir.

Speaking to a crowd of supporters in the capital, Prime Minister Imran Khan said that the international media was highlighting the protests in Hong Kong as a movement for democratic freedom, while ignoring occupied Kashmir.

As per plan, the nation observed Kashmir Day on Friday across the country to highlight the atrocities of Indian forces in occupied Jammu and Kashmir. »

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Islamabad, October 11 (KMS): The All Parties Hurriyat Conference Azad Jammu and Kashmir (APHC-AJK) chapter held a protest demonstration outside the UN Office in Islamabad, today, against the continued lockdown and communication blockade imposed by India in occupied Kashmir.

Hurriyat leaders addressing on the occasion expressed serious concern over the continued grave situation in the territory. They said that India was facing continuous criticism at the international level for imposing siege and communication blackout in the territory. »

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Jammu, October 11 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Movement (JKPM) has said that the Indian government is staging another polls drama in the name of Block Development Councils (BDCs) elections after putting eight million people under siege and snapping all means of communications in the territory.

APHC leader and the JKPM Chairman, Mir Shahid Saleem, in a statement issued in Jammu said that any election at a time when people of the territory were battling for survival was the cruelest joke to the Kashmiris.

He said that people of Kashmir were passing through the worst period in their history and they were facing severe crisis but the authorities were talking about some futile exercise, called elections, which had already been rejected by the people.

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JKPL expresses concern over IOK situation

Islamabad, October 11 (KMS): Vice President of Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (DFP), Mehmood Ahmed Saghar, has expressed serious concern over the continued siege and communication blockade imposed by India in occupied Kashmir.

Mehmood Ahmed Saghar in a statement issued in Islamabad said that Kashmir Valley had been paralysed for last 10 weeks. Due to the continued lockdown key sectors of Kashmir’s economy particularly tourism and fruit industry have suffered huge losses, he added.

The DFP leader rejecting India’s claim of easing the siege in Kashmir valley said the Indian media, which has become a mouthpiece of establishment, is peddling lies to divert the world attention from the real issue. »

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Srinagar, October 11 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, news portals are in off-line mode since August 5 when Narendra Modi-led communal government in New Delhi scrapping the special status of Kashmir imposed communication clampdown in the territory.

Scores of websites from occupied Kashmir have last been updated in the early hours of August 5 and till date these portals have frozen. Even newspapers in occupied Kashmir are not able to update their websites.

Shahid Imran, who operates ‘Kashmir Crown’, said that he suffered huge losses due to communications clampdown. “I have to shut my two offices in North Kashmir and cut the salaries of several employees. I was not expecting a lockdown of this magnitude. This time it was a disaster for all and journalists suffered heavily,” he deplored. »

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Strict lockdown enters 68th consecutive day

Srinagar, October 11 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, people living in the Kashmir Valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu region continue to face severe hardships due to the crippling clampdown imposed by India that entered 68th consecutive day, today.

Besides facing shortage of essential commodities including food and medicines due to on and off restrictions and shutdown, the people find it very difficult to know about their near and dear ones living within the territory or outside it as the communications lines barring some landline phones are cut and public transport is unavailable.

There have been certain cases when families came to know about the death of their relatives after a week or so. Reports have also come out that some people died because they could not be taken to hospitals on time due to the lockdown. »

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Islamabad, October 11 (KMS): American Senator, Maggie Hassan, has called for finding ways to de-escalate tensions between India and Pakistan.

New England Senator, Maggie Hassan, said this in a tweet after her visit to Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

Maggie Hassan said that she visited AJK. “Amid escalating tensions in Kashmir, it’s critical that we find ways to help de-escalate the situation on both sides,” she said.

“I’m now travelling to India where I’ll meet officials to further discuss the situation and international trade,” she added.

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Islamabad, Oct 11 (KMS): Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday expressed puzzlement over the disproportionate amount of coverage accorded to the dire human rights situation in Indian-occupied Kashmir by the international media, especially in context of the widespread coverage of the Hong Kong protests.
In a series of posts on the social networking website Twitter, PM Imran noted that occupied Kashmir was an internationally recognized disputed territory that had been illegally annexed by India with almost 900,000 troops imposing a siege on the people of the valley, imprisoning millions of innocent Kashmir citizens in their homes.
“I am puzzled as to how international media continues to give headline coverage to Hongkong protests but ignores the dire human rights crisis in IOJK – an internationally recognised disputed territory illegally annexed by India with 900k troops imposing a siege on 8mn Kashmiris,” he wrote on Twitter.
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Washington, Oct 11 (KMS): A US Senator, who heads India caucus on Capitol Hill, has joined a growing group of American lawmakers in urging New Delhi to remove the curbs it has imposed on Indian occupied Kashmir.

“While I understand India has legitimate security concerns, I am disturbed by its restrictions on communications and movement within Jammu and Kashmir,” Senator Mark Warner tweeted. “I hope India will live up to its democratic principles by allowing freedom of press, information, and political participation.” »

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