ED takes control of seven properties

Srinagar, November 19 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, people continue to observe civil disobedience to protest against India-imposed military clampdown and internet gag, which has incurred a loss of over two billion dollars to the Kashmir’s fragile economy since 5th August.

As part of the civil disobedience movement, business activities continue to remain suspended across the Kashmir valley except for a brief period while schools, colleges and offices wear a deserted look on the 107th running day, today. Public transport, too, remains off the roads. The Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry said that it was planning to sue the Indian government for the damages.

Internet across all platforms as well as text messaging and prepaid mobile services remain snapped. Indian troops arrested four youth during a cordon and search operation in Arihal area of Pulwama district. The troops also launched violent cordon and search operations in Sunderbani, Akhnoor and Surankot areas of Poonch district. »

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New Delhi, November 19 (KMS): Former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said that converting Jammu and Kashmir to a Union territory has far reaching consequences.

Singh while speaking in the Upper House of Indian parliament, Rajya Sabha, said,“Converting Jammu and Kashmir to a Union territory has such far reaching consequences. The government should consult the council of states before such drastic measures can be considered by the House.”

“It is our duty to ensure no law is passed in haste or in heightened emotion. The Rajya Sabha gets more time to deliberate since it is half the size of Lok Sabha and members get more time to share insights and criticism,” he added.

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Srinagar, November 19 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, New Delhi-based agency, Enforcement Directorate, on Monday took possession of seven properties belonging to freedom activists.

An ED official told media in Srinagar that the properties were located in Islamabad, Sopore and Bandipora. They were earlier provisionally attached. After confirmation of the orders by the competent authority, the ED officials visited the places and put up notices declaring that the agency has taken over physical possession of the parcels of land, he added. »

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Srinagar, November 19 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, four Indian troops and two porters were killed in an avalanche on Siachen Glacier.

An Indian military spokesman told media that the avalanche engulfed eight people in the patrol at the northern end of the glacier in the Karakoram mountain range. »

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Srinagar, November 19 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, economic losses have run well around 1.5 billion dollars since India revoked special status of Kashmir in August, the main trade body in the territory said, adding that it planned to sue the Indian government for damages.

The Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) said development was elusive, thanks to a protracted shutdown after people closed markets and businesses as a mark of protest against the Indian action.

It estimated economic losses ran into at least 100 billion rupees ($1.40 billion) by September, but now exceeded that, said Nasir Khan, KCCI senior vice president. »

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Brussels, November 19 (KMS): Kashmir Council Europe (KCEU) will hold a protest demonstration in Brussels, the capital of Belgium, tomorrow (Wednesday), against continued lockdown imposed by the Indian authorities in occupied Kashmir.

The KCEU in a statement issued in Brussels said that a camp in this regard would be organized on Wednesday (20th November) in front of EU’s External Action Service in Brussels. All peace loving people are requested to participate in the one day camp, which will be held from 11:00 to 17:00, it said.

The statement said that during the camp, the KCEU’s team will distribute brochures and pamphlets highlighting the Kashmir dispute, particularly the latest situation including severe human rights violations by Indian troops in occupied Kashmir. »

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Srinagar, November 19 (KMS): Despite criticism by the opposition over renaming roads and government departments in occupied Kashmir, the BJP has insisted to go ahead with its plan saying that Jammu and Kashmir does not belong to the ‘Abdullahs and Muftis’.

Kashmir’s water supply department will now be called the Jal Shakti department. The Chenani-Nashri Tunnel has been named after Hindutva ideologue Syama Prasad Mookerjee. The Shere-e-Kashmir Cricket Stadium will also get a new name; Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium.

These developments, after India revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and divided it into two union territories, have led to fears that the Bharatiya Janata Party has finally launched its name-changing spree to Kashmir. The nine-km-long tunnel was renamed on October 24 – almost two months after J&K was stripped of its special status. It is located in the lower Himalayan mountain range, between Udhampur and Ramban districts in Jammu. Mookerjee was the founder of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh. He was a vehement opponent of Article 370. »

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Islamabad, November 19 (KMS): Zahid Ashraf, Vice Chairman, Jammu and Kashmir Young Men’s League has lashed out at the obnoxious and diabolical statement of a former Indian army General against Kashmiri women.

Zahid Ashraf in a statement while referring to the highly provocative statement of Major General (Retd), S P Sinha said that the remarks were outrageously unconscionable and a slap in the face of the global conscience.

S P Sinha during a talk show on an Indian channel, a day back, called for rape and murder of Kashmiri women in occupied Kashmir. »

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Washington, November 19 (KMS): A US-based human rights watchdog, Human Rights Watch (HRW) while observing that the Indian government’s abusive tactics and violations of basic human rights have increased support and recruits for militant groups in occupied Kashmir, has urged the US Congress to redress the grievances of the Kashmiri people.

In a written statement to the US Congress, the Human Rights Watch (HRW) also points out that India has used excessive force to respond to protests by Kashmiris.

“The government’s focusing all blame for Kashmir’s past problems on outside factors …ignores the government’s abusive and rights-violating tactics that over decades has increased support and recruits for militant groups”, says HRW’s Asia Advocacy Director John Sifton.

Mr Sifton was one of half a dozen witnesses who also testified before the US Congress Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission this week on the situation in occupied Kashmir. The written statement notes that there has been a spike in violent protests in Kashmir in recent years. »

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Srinagar, November 19 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, people in the Kashmir Valley continue to observe civil disobedience to protest Indian occupation and its August 5 illegal and unilateral decisions.

As part of this movement, business activities continue to remain suspended across the Valley except for a brief period in the morning and evening. Valley’s schools, colleges and offices also wear a deserted look.

While public transport remains by and large off the roads in the Valley, partial movement of some passenger vehicles is seen on few routes of Srinagar city.

On the other hand, uneasy calm and uncertainty continue to prevail in the Valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu and Ladakh regions as India-imposed unprecedented military lockdown and communications clampdown entered 107th running day, today. Restrictions under Section 144 are enforced amid heightened military presence.

Internet across all platforms as well as text messaging and prepaid mobile services remain snapped. However, calls on postpaid cellular networks and landline phones have been partially restored. »

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