EU official urges India to respect rights of Kashmiris

Srinagar, November 08 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, people staged forceful demonstrations in different areas, today, to show their resentment against the Indian occupation and division of Kashmir into two union territories by India.

Immediately after the Juma congregational prayers, people in large numbers took to the streets in Srinagar, Badgam, Ganderbal, Islamabad, Pulwama, Kulgam, Shopian, Bandipora, Baramulla, Kupwara and other areas of the occupied territory. They raised high-pitched pro-freedom, pro-Pakistan and anti-India slogans. At many places, the protesters were subjected to brute force by Indian police and troops. Many demonstrators sustained injuries in the brutal actions of the forces’ personnel. »

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Srinagar, November 08 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, fear and uncertainty continue to grip the Kashmir Valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu and Ladakh regions as the military lockdown imposed by India entered 96th running day, today.

Despite the partial relaxation of restrictions by the occupation authorities, people in the Valley continue to down their shutters and stay away from schools and offices as part of a civil disobedience movement against India’s illegal actions of revoking special status of occupied Kashmir and dividing it into two union territories.

Shops open briefly in the morning and evening hours but even this window is more often than not disrupted due to the continuing uncertainty. Prepaid phone, SMS and internet services remain snapped. So far, the occupation authorities have not given any indication to restore these facilities in near future. However, landlines and voice calls on postpaid connections have been partially restored but the move could not mitigate the sufferings of the people. »

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New Delhi, November 08 (KMS): An official of European Union has said that the EU remains concerned over all fundamental rights of people of occupied Kashmir.

Deputy Secretary General for Economic and Global Issues of European Union, Christian Leffler, at a function in New Delhi said that the EU fully recognised the security concerns of India and equally strong concern for all the rights of Kashmiris.

Leffler, who was at an event on the EU and India, said that while there was a degree of normalcy, the situation was not quite in occupied Kashmir yet. The EU, he said, always maintained that the Kashmir dispute should be discussed between India and Pakistan through dialogue. »

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Srinagar, November 08 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, seven people were killed as 16 hours of incessant snowfall paralysed life in the Kashmir valley.

This season’s first heavy snowfall started on Wednesday night and continued all day on Thursday. It triggered avalanches at many places in the valley and turned the narrow tracks on the hill slopes dangerously slippery.

Traffic on all major highways connecting the Kashmir Valley to the rest of the world including the Srinagar-Jammu Highway, the Srinagar-Poonch Highway and the Srinagar-Kargil Highway, was completely disrupted. Around 2,000 vehicles were left stranded on these highways, officials said. »

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New Delhi, November 08 (KMS): Senior advocate, Kapil Sibal submitted to the Indian Supreme Court that over seven million Kashmiris had lost their fundamental right to move freely on August 5 merely because the authorities had assumed that the entire populace of Kashmir would be opposed to the abrogation of Kashmir’s special status.

“The authorities created the problem by their own hand,” Kapil Sibal, appearing for Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, during a hearing on restrictions in Kashmir after revocation of special status of occupied Kashmir, told a three-judge Bench led by Justice N.V. Ramana.

“Then should the authorities have waited for riots to take place,” Justice B.R. Gavai asked. »

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London, November 08 (KMS): Strategic experts during a discussion in London have urged the international community to play its role in diffusing tension in occupied Kashmir.

During a panel discussion ‘The Cost to Britain of the Kashmir Crisis: Is There a Solution?’, organised by Strategic Advisory Group CTD Advisors in London, experts had a lively exchange against the backdrop of India’s action of revoking the special status of occupied Kashmir.

“Nobody wants to see a further escalation in the region. We are on the cusp and brink of a much bigger crisis and the international community must stop being a fire brigade and intervene to find a peaceful solution,” said Maleeha Lodhi, most recently Pakistan’s Representative to the United Nations and also former High Commissioner to the UK and ambassador to the US. »

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Jammu, November 08 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Anjuman Seerat Committee, Kishtwar, Maulana Abdul Qayoom, has said that he Kashmiri people cannot forget the sacrifices of Jammu people they rendered in November 1947.

Hundreds of thousands of Kashmiris were killed by the forces of Maharaja Hari Singh, Indian Army and Hindu extremists in different parts of Jammu region while they were migrating to Pakistan during the first week of November in 1947. »

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Brussels, November 08 (KMS): The Prime Minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Raja Muhammad Farooq Haider Khan, held separate meetings with Members of European Parliament (MEPs), Mrs Isabel Wiseler-Lima and Luke’s Mandl at the EU Parliament in Brussels.

The AJK Prime Minster informed the members about the human rights violations in occupied Kashmir. He said that occupied Kashmir had been under military siege for last over three months. »

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ISLAMABAD, Nov 8 (APP):Minister for Railways Sheikh Rashid Ahmed on Friday while mocking the opposition said ignorant politicians could not understand the positive impact of the “Kartarpur Corridor” at Kashmir issue.

Talking to a private news channel he emphasized that opening a visa free gateway for Sikh yatrees and Nanak saab’s naamlevas would introduce the real peace-loving face of the country to the world.

“The immature opposition leaders should realize that the nation could not be fooled anymore over their false accusations and self-created issues against the government,” he said. »

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ISLAMABAD, Nov 7 (APP):The visiting parliamentarians from ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) on Thursday announced establishment of ASEAN Kashmir Advocacy Group for highlighting the issue at international level.

In a meeting with President Dr Arif Alvi here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, the 18-member delegation comprising ASEAN parliamentarians led by Haji Mohammad Azmi Hamid, President of Malaysian Consultative Council of Islamic Organization (MAPIM), condemned the Indian oppression against Kashmiris and violation of their human rights and identity.

The ASEAN Parliamentary delegation is on a four-day visit to Pakistan since Tuesday. »

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