Srinagar, December 12 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the internet shutdown may have led to the loss of several lives, doctors treating cardiac patients in remote villages of the Kashmir valley have said, NDTV reported.

The #SaveHeart initiative, a WhatsApp group that functioned as a “virtual hospital” and was used by 1,200 doctors, has been defunct since August 5 – the date India suspended internet services and detained key political leaders in an attempt to quell protests against its decision on Article 370. »

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Troops launch CASOs in several districts

Srinagar, December 12 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons has said that the indefinite lockdown imposed by the Indian government in the aftermath of repeal of Article 370 is the extension of a de-facto State of Emergency in the territory.

The APDP in a report released in Srinagar said that the abrogation of Article 370 led to more serious violations of human rights. The main brunt of this violence, the report added, is being borne by the youth, politicians, civilians and religious organizations. Hundreds of detainees booked under draconian law, Public Safety Act, were shifted to various Indian jails.

The report points out that the lockdown has directly impacted all facets of life, including access to food, health and internet services,education, justice, religious freedom, business and employment. Various planned and critical surgeries had to be cancelled. The situation in Kashmir has gravely impacted children, many as young as 9-year-old, who were detained under PSA for being potential stone-pelters. »

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Srinagar, December 12 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops have launched cordon and search operations in different district areas of south Kashmir.

The troops cordoned off Aliyarpora area of Shopian district and Awantipora and Dangerpora areas of Pulwama district and launched door-to-door searches.

The troops have sealed all entry points of these areas. The operations were going on till last reports came in.

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Indian police book over 500 AMU students

Guwahati, December 12 (KMS): In India, the people defied curfew in Guwahati on Thursday morning to protest against the Citizen (Amendment) Bill as the situation remained tense throughout the state.

Guwahati, the epicentre of anti-CAB protests, was placed under indefinite curfew, last night, while the Army was called in at four places and Assam Rifles personnel were deployed in Tripura as the two northeastern states plunged into chaos over the hugely emotive Citizenship (Amendment) Bill or CAB. »

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Srinagar, December 12 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, flight operations were hit on the seventh consecutive day at Srinagar airport due to poor visibility.

“All morning flights to and from the airport have been cancelled as the landing of flights cannot take place amidst fog,” Director Srinagar Airport, Santosh Dokay told media men in Srinagar.

The airport runway is enveloped with a blanket of fog which has lowered the visibility levels.

The operations will be resumed once the weather gets better, he said.

The cancellation of flight operations has affected the travel plans of thousands of passengers.

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Srinagar, December 12 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the APHC leader and the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Political Movement, Muhammad Shafi Reshi, has said that India has converted the territory into a military garrison.

Muhammad Shafi Reshi in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the army of a so-called democratic and secular India was involved in massive human rights violations in occupied Kashmir. He said that the Kashmiri people, rejecting the illegal rule of India and the unilateral action of August 5, were continuing the civil disobedience movement to express their anger.

He deplored that the authorities had kept the Hurriyat leadership under house arrest and in prisons while they had detained thousands of Kashmiris, most of them youth, under black law, Public Safety Act (PSA). He said that a large number of youth, including children aged ten, had been arrested in Kashmir and even the reason of their arrest was not being provided to their relatives. He said that it was a violation of human rights that the Indian army had subjected the youth to the worst torture before their parents. »

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New Delhi, December 12 (KMS): Judge of Indian Supreme Court, Surya Kant mentioned referendum while seeking to know how the Indian government could have ascertained will of the people of Kashmir in the absence of an elected assembly.

Surya Kant made the remarks while hearing a host of petitions challenging the validity of the Indian government’s actions of stripping Kashmir of its special status and dividing it into two union territories as part of a five-judge bench led by NV Ramana.

He also raised the point that if the decision rested with people then will it be a case of referendum, concurrence or consultation. »

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Multan, Dec 12 (KMS): People Wednesday thronged the Multan Arts Council to watch a play on Kashmir freedom. The Arts Council administration organised the play depicting the struggle of Kashmiris against Indian forcers’ aggression and oppression.
Families and people of all ages expressed the solidarity with Kashmiris by watching the play. They applauded to watch emotional scenes and raised slogans against Indian forces when in the play a scene of oppression was staged.
Talking to media, Multan Arts Council Deputy Director Salim Qaisar said the administration organised the play to revive Kashmir freedom struggle and introduce it to the youth. Salim said the theme of the play is about depicting miseries of Kashmiris at the hands of Indian forces. »

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London, Dec 12 (KMS): British parliamentarians have urged Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to end the four-month-long clampdown in occupied Kashmir and allow its people to exercise their right to self-determination.
“You [Narendra Modi] will have to give the right of self-determination to the people of Kashmir, You have to give them their rights. You have to end the curfew and lockdown,” the lawmakers were quoted as saying at a Kashmir seminar on the International Day of Human Rights organised by the Tehreek-e-Kashmir (TeK) UK chapter in Birmingham.
These views were expressed by British MP Jess Phillips, MP Philip Bennett, former UK MP Liam Baimi and Marco Longhi. »

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Riyadh, Dec 12 (KMS): Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Wednesday met with his Saudi counterpart and apprised him about the situation in Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK).
Talking to his Saudi Counterpart Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah, Qureshi said India has put 8 million people of occupied Kashmir under siege for the last four months.
He added that the oppressed people of Kashmir are looking towards the international community, especially the Muslim Ummah, to get rid of Indian brutalities. »

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