Washington, October 22 (KMS): Influential American lawmakers on Tuesday expressed concern over the situation in occupied Kashmir after the abrogation of the special status of the territory.

The lawmakers, including Indian-American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, aired their concerns during a Congressional hearing on ‘Human Rights in South Asia: Views from the State Department and the Region’. »

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Srinagar, October 22 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism martyred three Kashmiri youth in Pulwama district, today.

The troops martyred the youth during a cordon and search operation at Rajpora in Tral area of the district. The operation continued till last reports came in.

On the other hand, a Junior Commissioned Officer of the Indian Army was killed after being fired upon by unidentified gunmen in Nowshera area of Rajouri district, today. »

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Srinagar, October 22 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, an Indian Army officer was killed in an attack in Rajouri area of Jammu region, today.

A Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) of the Indian Army was killed after being fired upon by unidentified gunmen in Nowshera area of the district. »

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People won’t digest India’s actions silently

Srinagar, October 22 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the routine life remained badly hit on the 79th consecutive day, today, in Kashmir valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu region with continued heavy deployment of Indian forces and strict restrictions in place under Section 144.

Some postpaid mobile phone connections have been restored, but there’s no sign of restoration of the internet and prepaid cellular phone services. Under the prevailing circumstances, people are cut off from their loved ones, healthcare services have taken a hit and tourism has grounded to a halt.

An informal, yet widespread civil disobedience movement has gripped the Valley to protest India’s 5th August illegal action and its efforts to portray a sense of normalcy in the territory. People from all walks of life including students, shopkeepers, fruit growers, businessmen and public and private sector workers are all participating in this extensive and non-violent initiative. As part of this movement, public transport is off the roads, shops and business centers are shut and educational institutions are without students. »

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Muzaffarabad, October 22 (KMS): For the past 70 years, we have traditionally been celebrating October 27 as Black Day because it was the same day in 1947 when India landed its troops on the soil of Jammu and Kashmir as a usurper force.

This was stated by APHC-AJK Convener Syed Abdullah Gilani along with other Hurriyat leaders Syed Aijaz Ahmad Shah, Ishtiaq Hameed, Abdul Majeed Mir, Pervez Ahmad Shah, Raja Khadim Hussain and Zahid Safi during a press conference in Muzaffarabad.

“This year, as we are going to celebrate the day, its darkness has grown even greater because India on August 5 viciously resorted to another fierce aggression and blatant attempt to give legal and constitutional justification to its illegal occupation of Kashmir,” the leaders said. They maintained that neither they accepted India’s illegal occupation 71 years ago, nor would they compromise their position after the recent onslaught by India. »

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Washington, October 22 (KMS): The US while expressing concern over the current situation in occupied Kashmir has urged India to respect human rights and restore full communication services in the territory.

The concern was expressed by Acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, Alice G Wells, in a statement submitted to the Congressional Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and Nonproliferation of the US Foreign Affairs Committee. Wells said that the Kashmir Valley has not returned to normal and the State Department has raised concerns with the Indian government regarding detentions of residents and political leaders. »

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Islamabad, October 22 (KMS): The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Freedom League (JKPFL), Muhammad Farooq Rehmani, has said that India will gain nothing except failure and frustration by killing or brutalizing the people of occupied Kashmir for demanding their right to self-determination and carrying out attacks along the Line of Control in Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

Muhammad Farooq Rehmani in a statement issued in Islamabad condemned the latest wave of heavy artillery shelling by Indian troops on the civilian population along the LoC in Azad Jammu and Kashmir that has resulted in the martyrdom of innocent people and destruction of residential houses. “The mischievous army attacks to make concocted stories of wiping out imaginary terrorists’ launching pads in the Neelam valley is a white lie equally condemnable. India’s aim is to divert world attention from the ongoing civil disobedience movement of the Kashmiris, who are bearing facing the 3rd month of the worst lockdown of their political history,” he stated. »

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Srinagar October 22 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, a Kashmiri scholar said that there is silence because an Indian soldier stands at every 10 feet on the road but there will be a reaction.

A team of Kashmiri journalists who visited several districts of occupied Kashmir including Shopian and Pulwama said the locals describe a climate of fear, accusing Indian forces of nightly raids, arbitrary arrests, and the torture of Kashmiri youth.

Feroz Ahmad Ganai, 19, who was interrogated by Indian troops for four days in September, said soldiers questioned him for four days, accusing the teen of hurling a grenade at a military camp. “I kept repeating that I’m innocent, but they didn’t listen,” Ganai told the media team. “Then they started beating me one after another.” »

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Kuala Lumpur, October 22 (KMS): Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has stood firm on his stand on the Kashmir saying ‘We speak our minds and we don’t retract and change’ despite calls by some in India for a boycott of Malaysian goods.

Dr Mahathir Mohamad added that all countries including India, Pakistan and the US should abide by the United Nations (UN) resolution on Jammu and Kashmir. “We speak our minds and we don’t retract and change,” he told reporters at the Parliament lobby in Kuala Lumpur.

The Indian government had on August 5 revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and imposed several unprecedented measures, including cutting off internet and phone services, to prevent protests in the region. »

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Washington, October 22 (KMS): The US on Tuesday said it was concerned over the current situation in the Valley adding that it was closely monitoring the situation in the territory following India’s decision to scrap special status on August 5.

This was stated by Acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Alice G Wells in a statement submitted to the Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and Nonproliferation of the US House Foreign Affairs Committee.

“The US State Department remains concerned about the situation in the Kashmir Valley, where daily life for the nearly eight million residents has been severely impacted since August 5,” Wells told the Congressional subcommittee a day before the hearing on “Human Rights in South Asia: Views from the State Department and the Region”. »

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