Visiting MPs suffer from Islamophobia: Owaisi

Srinagar, October 29 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, in order to give an impression of normalcy in the territory, Indian government has deliberately called the EU delegation to visit the territory on the exam dates.

Over 1 lac students of Class 10 and Class 12 are going to commence their annual examinations Oct 29 (today) and Oct 30 (tomorrow), these days when the EU delegation is scheduled to visit the Valley.

The students have been forced by the authorities to appear in the exams despite the fact that they have not been able to attend educational institutions since August 5 due to the ongoing unprecedented military lockdown and communications blackout in the territory.

Meanwhile, Indian politician and President of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen, Asaduddin Owaisi on Tuesday slammed New Delhi for allowing the delegation of EU MPs to visit Kashmir. He in a statement issued in New Delhi also pointed out that most of the MPs who are a part of the delegation suffer from Islamophobia. »

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Islamabad, October 29 (KMS): The Kashmir Scholars Consultative and Action Network (KSCAN), have informed a delegation of the European Parliament members, intended to visit occupied Kashmir from today, that India is trying to orchestrate the trip to Kashmir to convey a sense of normalcy at a time when nothing is normal in Kashmir.

The KSCAN, an interdisciplinary group of scholars from various countries and regions engaged in research on the Kashmir dispute, in a letter written to the delegation members said, “Tomorrow [today] as you visit Kashmir, you will likely encounter a great deal of traffic and a rush of students being shuttled by their parents to various examination centres for their required Board examinations.” »

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Srinagar, October 29 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, normal life in the Kashmir Valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu region continues to remain badly affected due to military clampdown and blanket internet ban on the 86th consecutive day, today.

Ban also continues on prepaid mobile phones. However, voice calls on postpaid connections are partially allowed and landline phones are also working to some extent.

As part of a silent protest against Indian occupation and August 5 illegal actions, shops and other business establishments continue to remain fully closed, today, as against routine two-hour break, in view of the EU parliament members’ visit, students stay away from educational institutions and offices are witnessing low attendance. Though private vehicles are plying, yet public transport is off the roads.
A non-local truck driver was killed by unknown assailants on Monday evening in south Kashmir’s Bijbehara area. The deceased is the fourth truck driver to be killed during the ongoing month in the territory. »

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Srinagar, October 29 (KMS): Amid speculation that a delegation from European Union is going to visit Jammu and Kashmir, today, PDP leader and former puppet Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has said that the visiting lawmakers from European countries should get a chance to speak to the local people.

Mehbooba in a message from jail said, “Hope they get a chance to speak to the people, local media, doctors and civil society members.” She also said, “The iron curtain between Kashmir and the world needs to be lifted and Government of India must be held accountable for pushing J&K into turmoil”.

This will be first visit by a foreign delegation to Jammu and Kashmir after August 5 when the Narendra Modi government scrapped the special status for Jammu and Kashmir and also bifurcated it into two union territories.

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M Raza Malik

October 27 is the darkest day in the history of Jammu and Kashmir and the Kashmiris living on both sides of the Line of Control and across the world observe it as Black Day. This year, the day is being observed in the backdrop of India’s illegal and unconstitutional move of scraping special status of occupied Kashmir and annexing it on August 05, 2019. India put the occupied territory under military siege and imposed curfew, restrictions and communication blackout which was continuing even after several weeks when this write-up was written. »

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Ankara, October 29 (KMS): A Turkish lawmaker has suggested a Muslim mechanism for the resolution of the Kashmir dispute between Pakistan and India.

Addressing an event in the Turkish capital Ankara to mark “Kashmir Black Day”, ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party lawmaker Ali Sahin said that people in Turkey are well aware of what Kashmiris are going through. “We here in Ankara feel their [Kashmiris] pain and suffering. What they feel in Srinagar, we feel [same] here [in Turkey],” Sahin said at the program hosted by Pakistan’s embassy, where messages of Pakistan’s President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan were also read out.

Expressing displeasure that India was not obeying many United Nations decisions on Kashmir, Sahin said, “If we are unable to solve Kashmir problem through UN resolutions, or under international laws, then we, Muslims, have to create our own mechanisms to solve our own problems.” »

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Brussels, Oct 29 (KMS): Nearly 30 Euro MPs, drawn mainly from extreme right-wing parties, will on Tuesday (today) be the first international delegation to visit India-occupied Kashmir since authorities imposed a security clampdown in August to back the ending of the region’s autonomy.
While the Indian government backs the visit, the European parliament and European Union hierarchy have not been involved, raising some diplomatic doubts.
Several European embassies in New Delhi were unaware of the visit until Monday.
Muslim-majority occupied Kashmir, in the grip of an uprising for 30 years, has been in the international spotlight since the New Delhi government’s move to tighten its grip on the Himalayan region.
“The delegation of MEPs is not on an official visit in India and came here at the invitation of a non-government group,” said an EU official in India, speaking on condition of anonymity. “We are not organising any of their meetings.”

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London, Oct 29 (KMS): The county council of Buckinghamshire and Wycombe District councils adopted a motion showing serious concerns amongst thousands of residents of Kashmiri heritage across Buckinghamshire, about widely reported recent human rights abuses and their recent escalation in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
In the adopted motion, it was said that council believes that Buckinghamshire with its diverse citizenry and strong economy, it has a key role to play in maintaining good links within our diverse community. The council, therefore, acknowledges the United Nations Security Councils Resolutions 39 which offered to assist in the peaceful resolution of Kashmir conflict by setting up a commission of three members one to be chosen by India, one to be chosen by Pakistan and third to be chosen by the other two members of the commission. »

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