Indian government urged to restore Kashmir’s special status

Srinagar, October 13 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the miseries of millions of residents of Kashmir Valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu region continue unabated as the strict lockdown imposed by the Indian government completed 10 weeks, today.

Shops and markets are closed and public transport is off the roads in the Kashmir Valley and many areas of Jammu as a mark of protest to express resentment against the Indian occupation. In the absence of public transport, people face immense difficulties to get to the hospitals and move from one place to another to meet their loved ones. They cannot even easily communicate with their relatives and friends due to gag on internet and cell phone services. The lockdown and ban on communications has virtually cut off the Kashmir Valley from the rest of the world. As per the estimates of Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industries, the losses in occupied Kashmir since 5th August have crossed over Rs 6,000 crore.

Meanwhile, Resistance Youth League in the posters circulated in occupied Kashmir appealed to the ulema and intellectuals of the territory to play lead role in ending the Indian subjugation. It said that it is the responsibility of the religious leaders and intellectuals to show the path of freedom to the Kashmiri youth. The Resistance Youth League said that at a time when the cruel soldiers were standing at the doors of the Kashmiris and the chastity of their mothers, sisters and daughters was at risk, it was the responsibility of every person to play his role in the ongoing freedom movement. It said this is going to be a long and final war and even Pakistan Prime Minister, Imran Khan, has put everything at stake. »

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Srinagar, October 13 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu businessmen are facing the brunt of the lockdown imposed by the Indian government on August 5 when it scrapped special status of the territory.

The Jammu’s fruit traders are the worst hit by the current crisis in the territory. The winter capital’s otherwise busiest Narwal Fruit Mandi is currently receiving only 200 to 250 apple trucks against 500 trucks during normal times. »

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Telangana (India), October 13 (KMS): More than 200 students of the University of Hyderabad in Telangana participated in a candlelight march to protest against the continued lockdown in occupied Kashmir.

Over 70 members of the Jammu and Kashmir Students Association also took part in the march.

Hadif Nisar, President of Jammu and Kashmir Students Association, was quoted by a daily newspaper as saying, “There is no normalcy in Kashmir and the media, which is showing normalcy, is spreading only fake news. I had been in Islamabad town a month ago to meet my family and the trauma of the people was palpable. »

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Srinagar, October 13 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Resistance Youth League has appealed to the ulema and intellectuals of the territory to play lead role in ending the Indian subjugation.

Resistance Youth League in the posters circulated in occupied Kashmir said that it was the responsibility of the religious leaders and intellectuals to show the path of freedom to the Kashmiri youth.

The Resistance Youth League said that at a time when the cruel soldiers were standing at the doors of the Kashmiris and the chastity of their mothers, sisters and daughters were in danger, it was the responsibility of every person to play his role in the ongoing freedom movement. »

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Srinagar, October 13 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the miseries of millions of residents of Kashmir Valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu region continue unabated as the strict lockdown imposed by the Indian government completes 10 weeks, today.

Shops and main markets are shut and public transport is off the roads in the Kashmir valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu as a mark of protest to express resentment against Indian occupation. Though private vehicles are plying on the roads but in the absence of public transport, people find it difficult to get to the hospitals and move from one place to another to meet their loved ones. They can’t even easily communicate with their relatives and friends owing to gag on internet and cell phone services. The lockdown and ban on communications has virtually cut off the Kashmir Valley from the outside world.

On the other hand, Indian civil rights activists talking to reporters in New Delhi urged the Indian government to restore Articles 370 and 35A as well as mobile and internet services, remove the restrictions on the movement of people in the Kashmir Valley and take steps to bring back normalcy in the territory. »

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Srinagar, October 13 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the communication blockade has affected more people than just its residents.

It has been over two months since the Indian government took the decision to scrap Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and suspend mobile connectivity and internet services in the territory.

An Indian Army soldier from Uttarakhand, while talking about the communication blockade said, “How many times will we go to the company to call home? I just find an STD booth when I can and talk to my family for a minute or two. Having your own phone is different. Now I just ask if everything is okay at home and end the conversation.” »

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Srinagar, October 13 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Srinagar’s central jail is brimming with thousands of young men who have been arrested and detained since August 5 – the day India repealed special status of Kashmir.

Family members of the detainees wade through endless check points before they reach Martyrs Park in Srinagar, which has become a makeshift waiting room. Family members wait in the park for their loved ones’ number to be called.

Showkat Ahmed and his other family members travelled 68 kilometers from Damhal, the village where they live, in hopes of meeting his brother, a student who was arrested on August 21. »

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Thrissur (India), October 13 (KMS): Former Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, Kannan Gopinathan, has deplored the plight of the people of occupied Kashmir.

Kannan Gopinathan, who resigned from service in protest against human rights violations by Indian troops in occupied Kashmir, was addressing a conference in Thrissur city of Indian state of Kerala.

He said, denial of human rights to the Kashmiri people and exclusion of a group of people in Assam in the name of Citizenship Amendment Bill are against the Constitution. »

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New Delhi, October 13 (KMS): Civil rights activists in India have urged the Indian government to restore special status of occupied Kashmir and take steps to bring back normalcy in the territory.

Addressing news conference at the Press Club in New Delhi, social activist, Shabnam Hashmi, said that the abrogation of Article 370, which gave special status to occupied Kashmir, was a mindless exercise carried out by the BJP-led government.

She said Modi government first did demonetisation and said this will end terrorism, then it claimed of carrying out surgical strikes and said terror had ended. On February 26, after the Balakot airstrike, they claimed of killing around 600 militants. “Now, they have published an advertisement in newspapers, saying shops and schools are shut in the Kashmir Valley due to the fear of militants. If the government has killed all the militants, then whom they are talking about now,” she said. »

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London, October 13 (KMS): The Kashmiri girl victims of Indian atrocities were remembered at the Pakistan High Commission in London.

Solidarity was also expressed with the Kashmiri people and a collective dua was offered by hundreds of people assembled at the High Commission.

The Pakistani High Commissioner to UK, Mohammad Nafees Zakaria, in his address on the occasion, reminded the audience of the plight of the people in occupied Kashmir, where over 8 million residents are under siege after the Indian government repealed special status of the territory on August 5. »

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