New Delhi, Dec 10 (KMS): India’s lower house has passed controversial legislationthat will grant citizenship to religious minorities from neighbouring countries, but not Muslims, amid raucous scenes in parliament and protests in the country’s north-east.
The citizenship amendment bill provides that Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis, and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan can be granted citizenship.
It comfortably passed the lower house with 311 votes in favour and 80 against just after midnight on Tuesday. The legislation seeks to amend the Citizenship Act of 1955, which prohibits illegal migrants from applying for Indian citizenship. »

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Islamabad, Dec 10 (KMS): Prime Minister Imran Khan in his message on International Human Rights Day on Tuesday urged India to allow a UN fact finding mission to Indian occupied Kashmir (IOK) to ascertain the reports of grave human rights violations there.

Prime Minister Imran Khan, said on this day, we must also keep in our thoughts and prayers the brave and oppressed Kashmiris in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOK), who have faced all sorts of human rights abuses at the hands of Indian occupation forces. “They have relentlessly struggled for their inalienable right to self-determination — a right promised to them by the international community through the UN Charter and UN Security Council resolutions of which India and Pakistan are parties,” he said. »

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New Delhi, Dec 10 (KMS): Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram described the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill as “patently unconstitutional” on Tuesday and said with its passage in Parliament, the battleground will shift to the Supreme Court.
He claimed that the elected lawmakers were abdicating their responsibilities in favour of lawyers and judges.
According to the proposed legislation, members of the Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities, who came to India from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan by December 31, 2014 and faced religious persecution in those countries, will not be treated as illegal immigrants and given the Indian citizenship. »

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Prayer sessions held in Srinagar, Rawalpindi

Srinagar, December 10 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, APHC Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani has expressed grief and sorrow over the demise of the prominent liberation leader, Shuja Abbas.

Syed Ali Gilani in a statement in Srinagar expressed condolences with the bereaved family and prayed to Allah Almighty to grant the deceased eternal peace.

An event of Quran Khawani and Dua for Shuja Abbas was held at his residence in Srinagar, today. He died of heart attack in Rawalpindi on Saturday.

Religious scholars, intellectuals, politicians, lawyers, professionals and people from all walks of life participated in the prayers session. Similar programme was held in Rawalpindi, yesterday, to offer special prayers for late Shuja Abbas.

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Islamabad, Dec 10 (KMS): Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday reiterated calls for an end to India’s gross abuse and oppression of Kashmiris.
“On Human Rights Day, we must appeal to the world’s conscience, to upholders of international law and to the United Nations Security Council to act against the illegal annexation of Indian occupied Kashmir (IOK)by the Indian occupation government,” PM Imran tweeted. »

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Srinagar, December 10 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, India-led military siege and Internet lockdown continue to remain in force in the Kashmir Valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu region on the 128th consecutive day, today.

A large number of youth including school and college students, artists, actors, singers, dancers, you-tubers, bloggers, makeup artists and entrepreneurs gathered and staged protest demonstration in Jammu to express resentment and problems being faced by them due to non-working of internet services in the territory.

Besides, the internet gag has also become a hurdle for various proposed endeavors of the Railways. In absence of internet connectivity in Kashmir Northern Railway has been unable to keep the commuters abreast about the train timings in the Valley.  The internet blockade has turned the online timetable of Kashmir train from Baramulla to Banihal obsolete. »

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Washington, December 10 (KMS): The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has proposed sanctions against Indian Home Minister Amit Shah and other Indian principal leadership if the Rajya Sabha also passes the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB).

The US Commission in a release shortly after the Lok Sabha passed CAB around midnight said, “The CAB is a dangerous turn in the wrong direction; it runs counter to India’s rich history of secular pluralism and the Indian Constitution, which guarantees equality before the law regardless of faith.”

USCIRF consists of appointees by US President Donald Trump and majority and minority leaders of both Houses of US Congress. »

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Srinagar, December 10 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, in a bid to destroy the Kashmiri people economically Indian troops killed around 400 chickens in Pulwama district.

The troops belonging to Indian army’s Rashtriya Rifles, Central Reserve Police force and Special Operation Group during a cordon and search operation destroyed a big hall used as ppoultry farm leading to death of around 400 chickens at Shaar in Pampore area of the district.

Earlier, during the operation there were reports about a clash between Indian forces and Mujahideen in the same area. The troops sealed the area and launched crackdown operation, which continued till last reports came in.

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Islamabad, December 10 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their unabated acts of state terrorism, martyred 95,471 innocent Kashmiris including 7,135 in custody, since January 1989 till date.

A report released by the Research Section of Kashmir Media Service on the occasion of the World Human Rights Day, today, revealed that these killings rendered 22,910 women widowed and 107,780 children orphaned.

The report said that the troops molested or disgraced 11,175 women and damaged 109,451 residential houses and other structures. It maintained that Indian troops and police subjected at least 8,000 people to custodial disappearance in the period.

The report revealed that thousands of young school boys and girls were also injured by the pellets fired by Indian troops while dozens including19-month-old Heeba Jan, Ulfat Hameed (17), Asif Ahmad Sheikh (10), Bilal Ahmad Butt (17), Insha Mushtaq, Aquib Zahoor (16), Tariq Ahmad Gojri (19) and Faizan Ashraf Tantray (19) were blinded »

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Karachi, Dec 10 (KMS): Pak Sarzameen Party Chairman Syed Mustafa Kamal on Monday said the while the world observes International Day of Human Rights across the globe, Muslim genocide continues in Indian Occupied Kashmir, while the civilised world has ironically turned deaf ear and blind eye towards the worst oppression by Modi regime.
PSP supremo said this in his statement on the occasion of World Human Rights Day on Monday.
“Indian barbarism continues in Kashmir, people are trapped in homes, commodities are scarce and medicines are lacking as more than 4 months have passed since the imposition of curfew in the valley. “The UN must save itself from becoming a failed institution and it has become imperative to address this important issue on an emergency basis. Kashmir is the oldest issue in the UN agenda.” »

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