US lawmakers again voice concern over India’s actions

Srinagar, November 15 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, people held forceful demonstrations in different areas, today, to show their resentment against the Indian occupation and division of Kashmir into two union territories by India.

As the Juma congregational prayers culminated, people took to the streets in Srinagar, Badgam, Ganderbal, Islamabad, Pulwama, Kulgam, Shopian, Bandipora, Baramulla, Kupwara and other areas of the occupied territory, shouting high-pitched pro-freedom and anti-India slogans. Indian troops and police personnel used brute forces against the protesters at many places, in injuring several of them.

Meanwhile, the Kashmir Valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu and Ladakh regions remained in the grip of uneasy calm and uncertainty on 103rd day as the residents continued to simmer with anger over repeal of special status of occupied Kashmir and the subsequent inhuman and brutal actions by Narendra Modi-led Indian government. »

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Srinagar, November 15 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, 103 days on, uneasy calm and uncertainty still prevail in the Kashmir Valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu and Ladakh regions as the residents continue to simmer with anger over stripping of special status of the territory and the subsequent inhuman and brutal actions by BJP-led Indian government.

Restrictions under Section 144 remain imposed in the territory amid massive presence of Indian forces. Although some communications means, such as landline phones and postpaid mobile services, have partially been restored, the ban on internet, text messaging and prepaid mobile connections still continues. »

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Washington, November 15 (KMS): The US lawmakers during a Congressional hearing on human rights have once again expressed concerns about the grim situation in occupied Kashmir.

Witnesses examined the situation in the occupied territory and recommended action by the Congress, similar to the last hearing held on October 22.

The Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, a bi-partisan commission, held the hearing on Thursday to examine the human rights situation in Kashmir in its historical context, a statement issued at the Commission’s website said. »

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Islamabad, November 15 (KMS): The Convener of Jammu and Kashmir Seerat Committee, Kishtwar, Khawaja Nayeem-ul-Hassan, has strongly condemned the arrest of the Chairman of the Committee, Maulana Abdul Qayoom, by Indian troops, last week.

Indian troops arrested Maulana Qayoom along with his associate, Naseer Ahmed Baghwan, from Kishtwar town on November 9. The troops also arrested another person identified as Shabbir Hussain in the town. »

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Srinagar, November 15 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the highways were closed, today, following fresh snowfall in higher reaches.

An official from meteorological department said that the famous ski-resort in Gulmarg in Baramulla district of north Kashmir recorded about six inches of fresh snowfall.

He said that areas in the higher reaches of the valley and Ladakh received fresh snowfall overnight which continued in the morning. He added that there were also reports of fresh snowfall in other high-altitude areas of Kashmir including Gurez. »

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London, Nov 15 (KMS): Britain’s former ambassador to the United Nations and National Security Adviser to two Prime Ministers has warned that the international community has a strong interest in helping to resolve the Kashmir crisis or else play a big price in the future.
Writing in The Forbes, Sir Mark Lyall Grant, who was national security advisor to premiers David Cameron and Theresa May, said that Britain has a particular responsibility to resolve the issue of occupied Kashmir because Britain, at the time of partition in 1947, left in haste and failed to tackle the well-known differences over Kashmir, thus creating an explosive bone of contention between India and Pakistan that has plagued the region ever since. »

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Islamabad, Nov 15 (KMS): Prime Minister Imran Khan has said Pakistan has learnt a lesson in the last four decades that “we must not ally ourselves with any country where we have to fight someone else’s war”.
Addressing an international conference Margalla Dialogue 19 organised by the Islamabad Policy Research Institute (IPRI) here on Thursday, he reminded that Pakistan suffered a lot due to its policy of becoming part of foreign conflicts in the past, vowing that the country “from now onwards will only play a conciliatory role between rival nations”. The prime minister said: “Initially, in the past, our governments thought that they would gain by becoming a frontline state for some powerful country. We gained something in the shape of foreign aid but in the end, if we analyse, we lost more than what we gained.” »

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Peshawar, Nov 15 (KMS): Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan Thursday said the government and people of the province stand with their Kashmiri brethren and would always made efforts in resolution of Kashmir issue as per desires of Kashmiris.
He said this in a meeting with President Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), Masood Khan here.
The CM said that international community and human rights organizations should compel Indian government to stop human rights violations in occupied Kashmir.
He said that Prime Minister Imran Khan has strongly advocated the cause of Kashmiri brethren at every national and International forum including the United Nations. »

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Lahore, NOv 15 (KMS): Governor Chaudhry Sarwar has come down hard on India for crushing Kashmiris fighting for their right to self-determination.
Addressing the 8th convocation of the University of Wah (UoW), the governor said: “Indian Supreme Court by allowing construction of a temple in place of Babri Mosque on the pressure of fanatic Hindus had disregarded the rights of minorities.
He continued: “We are standing with Kashmiris and time is not far when innocent people of Kashmir will succeed in attaining the goal. Through its recent measures, Pakistan has made the world realise that we give full protection to rights of minority communities and this is also the message of the founder of Pakistan Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.” »

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Peshawar, Nov 15 (KMS): Azad Jammu and Kashmir President Masood Khan Thursday said that India had imposed an undeclared war on Indian occupied Kashmir, which needed to be combated at education, technological, media and military fronts.
He was speaking at the one-day seminar on “Exposing True Face of Fascist India: Pakistan’s Comprehensive Media Strategy,” arranged by the Department of International Relations, University of Peshawar.
The seminar was also addressed by Chairman of Kashmir Committee of the National Assembly Syed Fakhar Imam, vice-chancellor University of Peshawar Prof Dr Mohammad Asif, chairperson of the department Dr Minhas Majeed Khan and others.Masood Khan in his keynote address said that diplomacy and war were the two options left to resolve the longstanding issue of Kashmir. »

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