Islamabad, October 24 (KMS): Renowned Kashmiri scholar, Dr Syed Abdul Rehman Gilani died of cardiac arrest in New Delhi, today. He was 55.

Dr Gilani, who breathed his last after having suffered severe heart attack, was elder brother of APHC AJK Convener, Syed Abdullah Gilani.

As the news about the death of Dr Gilani spread in Islamabad, a large number of Kashmiri community members gathered at the residence of Syed Abdullah Gilani to express condolences with him over the sudden death of his brother. »

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India martyred 95,463 Kashmiris since Jan 89

Srinagar, October 24 (KMS): The United Nations, established in 1945 to promote international cooperation and resolve world conflicts, has miserably failed to settle the Kashmir dispute despite the passage of more than seven decades.

A report released by the Research Section of Kashmir Media Service on the United Nations Day, today, maintained that the World Body had passed several resolutions on Kashmir pledging that the people of Kashmir would be granted their inalienable right to self-determination through plebiscite. The report said that India had accepted these resolutions and promised to give the Kashmiris an opportunity to decide their fate by themselves but later backtracked from its commitments. »

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Srinagar, October 24 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, people of the Kashmir Valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu region continue to suffer due to Indian military siege, which entered 81st running day, today.

Restrictions imposed under section 144 and total ban on internet and prepaid cellular phones are badly affecting people across all spheres of life. The ongoing internet gag is the longest ever witnessed in the Kashmir Valley. The previous longest was witnessed during the 2016 mass uprising. Though frequent internet shutdown is nothing new for the Kashmiris as in the past decade the service was snapped multiple times. However, this time not only mobile internet services were barred but broadband services were also snapped.

Although the occupation authorities recently restored voice calls on postpaid mobile phones but thousands of subscribers found their services disconnected by telecom companies due to non-payment of bills for the period of the suspension of services. The landline phones were restored last month but due to the switch over to cellular networks they are less in number as compared to mobile phones. »

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Srinagar, October 24 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Association (KTMF) leader Yasin Khan’s mother breathed her last today. She was 70 plus and was not keeping good health for some time.

She was laid to rest at their ancestral graveyard after the funeral prayers were offered at Nishat, Srinagar. The funeral was attended by the family, relatives and hundreds of traders. »

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Jammu, October 24 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, a helicopter of the Indian Army with the Northern Army commander on board had to make a crash-landing in Poonch district, today, after it reportedly developed a technical snag.

The helicopter, which is believed to have developed a technical fault, crash-landed in Bedar area of Poonch district, officials said. Northern Army commander, Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, was part of the seven-member crew, including two pilots. All on board are said to be safe.

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New Delhi, October 24 (KMS): Illegally detained Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), Muhammad Yasin Malik, appeared before a TADA court in Jammu via video conferencing in a fake case registered against him about three decades ago.

Muhammad Yasin Malik appeared before the TADA court for the first time in over two decades in the false case relating to the killing of four Indian Air Force (IAF) personnel in an attack on the outskirts of Srinagar on January 25, 1990.

During the first proceedings in the case, there were arguments on the charges and appearance of Yasin Malik before the court, a senior CBI counsel told media. He said that the matter had been now posted for further arguments next month.

In the court, Malik was represented by his lawyer, who submitted his arguments. »

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‘Sacrifices of Hurriyat leadership are unparalleled’

Srinagar, October 24 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference spokesman while describing the recent statement of Governor of the territory, Satya Pal Malik, as ridiculous has said that the sacrifices of Hurriyat leaders and their kith and kin for the Kashmir cause remain unparalleled as well as unforgettable.

The APHC spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the intention of the Governor was to defame the Hurriyat leadership and discredit them in the eyes of general masses. He maintained that not only Hurriyat leaders but their families have also been victims of Indian state terrorism and have faced incarcerations, torture, beatings, humiliation and even assassinations. »

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Indian troops martyred 95,463 Kashmiris since January 1989

Srinagar, October 24 (KMS): The United Nations, which was established in 1945 to promote international cooperation and resolve world conflicts, has miserably failed to settle the Kashmir dispute despite the passing of 72 years.

A report released by the Research Section of Kashmir Media Service on the United Nations Day, today, maintained that the World Body had passed several resolutions on Kashmir in which it was pledged that the people of Kashmir would be granted their inalienable right to self-determination through plebiscite. However, it added, the World Body could not implement its resolutions for the past over seven decades. The report said that India had accepted these resolutions and promised to give the Kashmiris an opportunity to decide their fate by themselves but later backed away from its commitments. »

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Srinagar, October 24 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, India is holding local body elections, today, in the territory amid a boycott by most political parties, which have termed it “undemocratic”.

Thousands of people along with hundreds of leaders of pro-India parties, including three former puppet chief ministers Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, remain in detention since New Delhi revoked the special status of occupied Kashmir on 5th of August. Residents and political parties have criticised the timing of the forced elections as the territory remains under a military lockdown and a near-complete communication blackout. »

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Islamabad, October 24 (KMS): Vice President of Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (DFP), Mehmood Ahmed Saghar, has welcomed the US House Foreign Affairs Committee’s hearing on human rights situation in occupied Kashmir.

Mehmood Ahmed Saghar in a statement issued in Islamabad said that the committee held threadbare discussion besides raising serious concern over the worsening human rights situation in occupied Kashmir.

He also hailed Nitasha Kaul, Associate Professor at International Relations Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster, and Angana Chatterji, co-chair of the Political Conflict, Gender and People’s Rights Initiative at the University of California, for highlighting the plight of Kashmiris and exposing Indian state terrorism in Kashmir. »

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