People stage forceful anti-India demonstrations

Srinagar, November 22 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, life remained paralyzed on the 110th straight day, today, due to continued military lockdown imposed by India on 5th of August, this year.

The people of the occupied territory, particularly the residents of the Kashmir Valley continue to suffer immensely due to suspension of prepaid mobile and internet services. The shops, which used to open for few hours in the morning and evening, remained closed even for this brief duration in reaction to the Indian Home Minister Amit Shah’s recent false claim that everything is normal in the territory. Public transport which had resumed on few routes remains off the roads while schools and offices are also deserted. The occupation authorities did not allow people to offer Juma prayers at Srinagar’s historic Jamia Masjid and many other major mosques of the Kashmir Valley on the 16th consecutive Friday, today, since 5th August.

People staged forceful demonstrations after the Juma congregational prayers, today, in Srinagar, Badgam, Ganderbal, Islamabad, Pulwama, Kulgam, Shopian, Bandipora, Baramulla, Kupwara and other areas of the occupied territory to show their resentment against the Indian occupation. The protesters raised high-pitched pro-freedom and anti-India slogans. Indian police and troops used brute force on demonstrators at many places, injuring many of them. »

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Islamabad, November 22 (KMS): A seminar on the current situation of occupied Kashmir was held at the office of All Parties Hurriyat Conference Azad Jammu and Kashmir (APHC-AJK) chapter in Islamabad.

Hurriyat leader, Syed Yousuf Naseem, presided over the seminar while Yasmeen Dar, UK Labour Party Councillor and Chairperson of Right to Self- Determination Movement International, AJK former minister for Information and Overseas, Mehmood Riaz, parliamentary leader of PTI in AJK Legislative Assembly, Majid Khan and overseas journalist, Waqar-uz-Zaman Kayani were special guests on the occasion. »

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Islamabad, November 22 (KMS): Hurriyat leader and Vice Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Movement (JKPM), Abdul Majeed Malik has said that India has stepped up its state terrorism in the Kashmir Valley and the Muslim-majority areas of Jammu in frustration as the international pressure is increasing on it following its recent illegal actions in the territory.

Abdul Majeed Malik in a statement issued in Islamabad said that the Indian forces and the RSS goons during cordon and search operations were harassing the women in hilly areas. He said, they also arrest youth and send them to different jails of India. »

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Jammu, November 22 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Chamber of Traders Federation (CTF) has demanded immediate release of all illegally detained traders.

The CTF President, Neeraj Anand, flanked by the office bearers of his organization, at a press conference in Jammu, today, said to ease the situation in Kashmir, Traders Coordination Committee be framed and the real stakeholders be inducted in it.

Supporting dialogue to make situation conducive in the Valley, he said if the traders and political leaders will be kept behind the bars with whom the dialogue will be held. He said that traders in both the regions of Kashmir Valley and Jammu had suffered a great loss since August 5 when occupied Kashmir was divided into two Union Territories (UTs). »

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Islamabad, November 22 (KMS): The Convener of Azad Jammu and Kashmir chapter of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq-led Hurriyat forum, Syed Faiz Naqshbandi, has strongly condemned the Indian brutalities and propaganda against Hurriyat leaders in occupied Kashmir.

Syed Faiz Naqshbandi in a statement issued in Islamabad while expressing serious concern over the continued illegal detention of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Syed Ali Gilani said that India was trying to mislead the world community and hide the worst situation of occupied Kashmir. He said that even people were not being allowed to offer Friday prayers at Jamia Masjid in Srinagar. »

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Srinagar, November 22 (KMS): The Jammu and Kashmir People League (JKPL), condemning the continued restrictions and claim of the Indian Home Minister, Amit Shah, regarding restoration of normalcy in occupied Kashmir, has said that the occupied territory had been under military siege since August 5.

The JKPL General Secretary, Nisar Ahmad in a statement issued in Srinagar said that dozens of youth had been killed by Indian forces during cordon and search operations and demonstrations since August 5. He said that the Indian forces had also arrested thousands of people especially youth during continued crackdown operations in the Kashmir Valley. »

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UK lawyers’ body writes latter to Narendra Modi

London, November 22 (KMS): The Bar Council and Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales have raised concern about detentions in occupied Kashmir.

The concern was raised in a letter addressed to the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi (with copy marked to Indian Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad). The Bar said it had come across multiple reports claiming that over 3,000 civilians, including high ranking legal professionals, had been detained since the Indian government’s decision to abrogate Article 370 in August, 2019.

“We are disturbed to hear of the arrest of both the President of the High Court Bar Association of J&K, Mian Abdul Qayoom, and its former president, Nazir Ahmad Ronga, in addition to the arrest of other senior legal professionals including advocates Abdul Salam Rathar (President, Baramulla District Bar Association) and Fayad Sodagar (President, Anantnag (Islamabad) District Bar Association), under the controversial Public Safety Act”, said the letter signed by Richard Atkins, Queen’s Counsel, Chair of the Bar and Schona Jolly, Queen’s Counsel, Chair of the Bar Committee. »

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Srinagar, November 22 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, 110 days on, there is no change in the ground situation in the territory particularly in the Kashmir Valley where the residents continue to suffer immensely due to clampdown imposed by India on August 5.

What has changed is that shops, which used to open for few hours in the morning and evening, remain closed even for this brief duration in response to the Indian Home Minister Amit Shah’s recent claim that everything in normal in the territory. Public transport which had resumed on few routes also remains off the roads.

Mumbai-based newspaper The Economic Times quoting a senior official in the administration of occupied Kashmir said, everybody in Kashmir feels dejected but they haven’t been able to give vent to their feelings in any form. So, it added, you cannot describe this deceptive peace on the ground as normalcy. »

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Washington, November 22 (KMS): A resolution was presented in the US House of Representatives against Indian atrocities and human rights violations in occupied Kashmir.

In the resolution, presented by Congresswoman, Rashida Tlaib, Indian government has been criticized for scrapping special status of occupied Kashmir.

The resolution affirms that the Government of India has unilaterally changed the status of Jammu and Kashmir without a direct consultation or the consent of the Kashmiri people. It says that the Government of India has enforced a strict curfew in Kashmir that has restricted freedom of expression, assembly and movement. »

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Concern raised over detention of lawyers in Kashmir

Washington, November 22 (KMS): A resolution was presented in the US House of Representatives against Indian atrocities and human rights violations in occupied Kashmir.

In the resolution, presented by Congresswoman, Rashida Tlaib, Indian government has been criticized for scrapping special status of occupied Kashmir. The resolution affirms that the Government of India has unilaterally changed the status of Jammu and Kashmir without a direct consultation or the consent of the Kashmiri people. It says that India has enforced a strict curfew, imposed restrictions on internet and illegally detained thousands of Kashmiris. »

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