AI documents arbitrary detentions, torture in Kashmir

Srinagar, October 19 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the people of Kashmir Valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu region continue to suffer immensely due to strict military siege imposed by India.

Normal life remains crippled on the 76th consecutive day, today, in the Kashmir Valley and parts of Jammu due to restrictions and gag on internet and prepaid mobile services. Despite the Indian authorities’ efforts to restore normalcy in occupied Kashmir, people continue to observe shutdown as a silent protest against India’s recent actions in the territory. Shops and business establishments remain closed most of the time except for few hours in the morning and evening while public transport is off the roads.

The Indian authorities tried to hoodwink the world community about the prevailing situation of the territory by announcing opening of educational institutions but failed in their designs as the parents are reluctant to send their wards to schools, colleges and universities, fearing for their safety. The authorities have also deputed magistrates in educational institutions across occupied Kashmir to monitor the activities of students. »

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Washington, October 19 (KMS): Ahead of a crucial US Congressional hearing on South Asia on Tuesday (October 22) which will focus on the Kashmir Valley, the Kashmiri Diaspora is briefing key rights activists about the prevailing situation in occupied Kashmir.

The Kashmir Human Rights Foundation (KHRF), a California-based not-for-profit organisation, recently held a briefing in Capitol Hill to share insight on the situation in occupied Kashmir.

The congressional hearing is being organised under the auspices of a Subcommittee of the US House of Representatives and the topic for discussion is human rights in South Asia. »

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London, October 19 (KMS), London-based world human rights watchdog, Amnesty International has said that it documented a clear pattern of the Indian authorities arbitrarily detaining activists, politicians and even children if they are thought to hold dissenting opinions, as the crackdown in occupied Kashmir continues.

After conducting interviews in occupied Kashmir in the last six weeks, Amnesty International India is demanding the immediate release of all detainees held without charge or trial, and a complete lifting of the communications blockade in the territory, said a press release issued by the rights body on its website. »

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Srinagar, October 19 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, apple growers were expecting a bumper crop this year but now they say losses are in millions of dollars and the business might suffer its worst year.

The apple growers call it a “silent war declared on their stomachs”.

“That’s almost $1,200 worth of produce. It’s all a waste now,” said apple farmer Mohammad Shafi, pointing to a heap of rotten apples thrown into a pit in Wuyan, a small village in east of Srinagar. »

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London, October 19 (KMS): Kashmir Solidarity Day was observed at the High Commission to remind the world of the plight of the people of occupied Kashmir who have been under continued military siege since August 5.

A large number of Pakistanis, friends of Pakistan from other communities and media representatives attended the gathering to express solidarity with the oppressed people of occupied Kashmir.

The Pakistani High Commissioner, Mohammad Nafees Zakaria, on the occasion updated the audience about the current situation of the territory. He highlighted the sufferings of Kashmiris. He called upon the international community to play role in ending the sufferings of the Kashmiri people by settling the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the relevant UN Kashmir resolutions. »

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Islamabad, October 19 (KMS): The APHC-AJK chapter leader and the Vice Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Employees Movement, Imtiaz Wani, has denounced the continued military lockdown and communications blackout imposed by Indian government in occupied Kashmir.

Imtiaz Wani in a statement issued in Islamabad said that India was following its repressive policy to suppress the Kashmiris’ voice through use of brute force. He said that the Indian government wanted to weaken the freedom sentiment of the people of occupied Kashmir through different tactics but would never succeed in its nefarious designs.

He said that India had created tense situation on the Line of Control, besides imposing draconian laws, curbing political activities and committing state terrorism in occupied Kashmir which were very dangerous and needed prompt actions by the international community. »

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Srinagar, October 19 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the people of Kashmir Valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu region continue to suffer immensely due to strict military siege imposed by India.

Normal life remains crippled on the 76th consecutive day, today, in the Kashmir Valley and parts of Jammu due to restrictions and gag on internet and cellular services barring partial restoration of postpaid connections and landline phones.

Despite the authorities’ efforts to restore normalcy in occupied Kashmir, people continue to observe shutdown as a silent protest against India’s recent actions in the territory. Shops and business establishments remain closed most of the time except for few hours in the morning and evening. Although private vehicles are plying on the roads, but people particularly patients and doctors are facing difficulties in reaching the hospitals in the absence of public transport. »

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Srinagar, October 19 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, online business has come to a grinding halt owing to the ongoing internet blackout enforced by the Indian government on August 5 after it repealed special status of the territory.

Today is the 76th day of the internet blockade with no word from the authorities how long this will go on.

“Due to harsh communication blockade, Information Technology (IT) sector is grasping for breath, there is no online shopping, no sale of electronic gadgets especially cell phones. It is no more a cashless economy in Kashmir as you can’t use ATM cards to purchase anything,” said a trader in a media interview. »

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London, Oct 19 (KMS):Lawmakers in the British Parliament were in uproar over the draconian clampdown in India Occupied Kashmir (IOK) and condemned the human rights violations by Indian security forces in the disputed valley.
The development came at the Kashmir Conference organised by the Tehreek-e-Kashmir’s United Kingdom chapter in the British Parliament. The event was co-chaired by British MP Jess Phillips, TeK president Raja Fahim Kayani with Azad Jammu & Kashmir President Sardar Masood Khan called as the chief guest.
The AJK president warned of a genocide-in-the-making in the occupied valley and urged the international community to build pressure on New Delhi to avoid a bloodbath and adhere to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions. »

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Islamabad, Oct 19 (KMS): The renowned religious scholars hailing from all schools of thought and sects Friday appreciated Prime Minister Imran Khan for representing the sentiments of the people of Pakistan globally on the issue of Kashmir as well as Namoos-e-Risalat (Peace Be Upon Him) and Islam.
In a meeting with him, the religious scholars who also included the representatives of different associations of seminaries, lauded the prime minister for highlighting particularly at the United Nations the oppression and barbarism by the Indian forces in Kashmir and impact of the dispute very elaborately and with arguments.
The meeting was also attended by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Defence Minister Pervaiz Khattak, Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood, Religious Affairs Minister Pir Nurul Haq Qadri, special assistants to prime minister Naeemul Haq, Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan and Yousuf Baig Mirza, a PM Office statement said. »

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