Merkel raises Kashmir issue with Narendra Modi

Jalandhar (India), November 02 (KMS): Noted Indian author, Arundhati Roy, has expressed serious concern over the prevailing situation in occupied Kashmir and stressed the need for Indian intellectuals to speak up.

Arundhati Roy addressing during ‘Mela Ghadri Babeyan Da’ in Jalandhar city of Indian Punjab said that she was ashamed about Kashmir and could not say ‘Mera Bharat Mahaan’. She said that the silence on Kashmir was deafening. She maintained that while there should have been potent opposition, no one spoke up and very few journalists had spoken about it. She said that Kashmir had been under the densest military occupation for the past 30 years and in August, right after the abrogation of special status of the territory, the biggest searches on Google were ‘getting a Kashmiri girl’ and ‘getting land in Kashmir’ which was disgusting. »

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Kashmiri politicians warned not to cooperate with BJP

Srinagar, November 02 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the sufferings of millions of people living in Kashmir Valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu region continue unabated due to strict military siege imposed by India.

Normal life remained badly affected on the 90th straight day, today, in the Kashmir Valley and parts of Jammu due to unrelenting restrictions under section 144 and gag on internet and prepaid cellular services. The occupation authorities despite all-out efforts have failed to engineer normalcy in occupied Kashmir as people continue to observe shutdown to show their resentment against India’s recent actions in the territory. Barring a few hours in the morning and evening, shops and business establishments remain closed most of the time. Public transport is off the roads while students are not attending schools and colleges except those who have to appear in the examinations for 10th and 12th classes.

At least three photojournalists said that they were beaten up by Indian police personnel when they were covering anti-India demonstrations in downtown Srinagar, yesterday. Several other photo-journalists and video-journalists, including a woman, said that the police personnel chased and verbally abused them. One of the journalists said the police repeatedly asked him why he was taking pictures of the demonstrations. »

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New Delhi, November 02 (KMS): With the division of occupied Kashmir into two union territories, Indian government itself has assumed the authority to declare any area in the territory as “disturbed” under the draconian law, Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), which gives sweeping powers to security forces to act against any suspect.

In the earlier administrative set up, the puppet administration through district magistrates was empowered to declare a particular district or police station area disturbed under the AFSPA, in which Indian forces’ personnel can detain, search and even fire at any suspect without warrant and the law gives immunity to the soldiers for such acts.

As per an official notification, the administration of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act in both union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh is now vested with the Department of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh Affairs under the Ministry of Home Affairs.

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Islamabad, November 02 (KMS): The All Parties Hurriyat Conference Azad Jammu and Kashmir (APHC-AJK) chapter Convener, Syed Abdullah Gilani, has expressed deep grief and sorrow over the demise of Muneera Begum, the mother of illegally detained Hurriyat leader, Nayeem Ahmed Khan.

Muneera Begum passed away after brief illness in her native Pattan Khor area of Sherabad in Baramulla district of occupied Kashmir. »

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London, November 02 (KMS): Pakistan’s High Commissioner to United Kingdom (UK), Mohammad Nafees Zakaria has said that the world community particularly members of civil society, media, and parliamentarians have rebuffed the Indian claims of normality in occupied Kashmir.

Mohammad Nafees Zakaria was addressing a gathering at the High Commission to express solidarity with the oppressed people of occupied Kashmir in the aftermath of Indian government’s unilateral illegal measures to change the status of Kashmir and dividing it into two union territories. »

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Srinagar, November 02 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian police beat up at least three photojournalists when they were performing their professional duty during anti-India demonstrations in Srinagar.

The photojournalists were beaten up as they covered a protest demonstration in downtown Srinagar. Several other photo and video journalists, including a woman, said that the police personnel chased them and verbally abused them. »

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Jalandhar (India), November 02 (KMS): Noted author, Arundhati Roy, has expressed serious concern over the prevailing situation in occupied Kashmir and stressed the need for intellectuals to speak up.

Arundhati Roy speaking on Kashmir dispute on the second day of Mela Ghadri Babeyan Da in Jalandhar city of Indian state of Punjab said, “I’m very ashamed about Kashmir. I can’t say ‘Mera Bharat Mahaan’. The silence on Kashmir is deafening. It’s our fight too. While there should have been potent opposition, no one spoke up. Very few journalists have spoken about it. The country needs a new movement and a new media out of it.” »

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New Delhi, November 02 (KMS): German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, raised the Kashmir dispute during her talks with Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, and conveyed that the situation for the people in occupied Kashmir is unsustainable and not good.

Merkel met Modi at his official residence in New Delhi.

Michaela Kuefner, the Chief Political Editor at Deutsche Welle (DW), Germany’s international TV channel, tweeted that in a modest pre-dinner criticism of the Kashmir clampdown, Angela Merkel said that the situation for the people of occupied Kashmir was unsustainable and not good. »

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Geneva, November 02 (KMS): On the occasion of the 35th anniversary of Sikhs massacre in India after the murder of Indira Gandhi in 1984, thousands of Sikhs and Kashmiris took to the streets of Geneva to protest against the Indian forces’ crackdown in Punjab and occupied Kashmir.

Sikhs and Kashmiris in solidarity with each other and other minorities in India marched from Palais Wilson to the United Nations Human Rights Council offices in Geneva, where the protest rally converted into a large gathering at the Broken Chair monument in front of the UN office. »

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Jammu, November 02 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, APHC leader and the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir People’s Movement (JKPM), Mir Shahid Saleem, has paid glowing tributes to renowned Kashmiri scholar, Professor Dr Syed Abdul Rehman Gilani.

Professor SAR Gilani, who breathed his last after having suffered severe heart attack in New Delhi recently, was elder brother of APHC-AJK Convener, Syed Abdullah Gilani. »

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