US Congressman concerned over situation in occupied Kashmir

Srinagar, December 13 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Hurriyat forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has reiterated that Kashmir is an internationally-recognized dispute that should be resolved in accordance with the UN resolutions and the aspirations of the Kashmiri people.

The Hurriyat forum in a statement issued in Srinagar on behalf of its Executive Council said that India’s illegal and unilateral actions could not change the disputed status of Jammu and Kashmir. It said that Indian troops had been committing atrocities on the people of occupied Kashmir for the last three decades and since 5th August India had usurped all basic rights of the Kashmiris. The statement said that besides Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, thousands of people including Hurriyat leaders, activists, lawyers and youth had been put under detention to prevent demonstrations against repeal of special status of occupied Kashmir by the Indian government. It appealed to the world community and international human rights organizations to take cognizance of the human rights violations being perpetrated by Indian troops in occupied Kashmir. »

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Srinagar, December 13 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Hurriyat forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has reiterated that Kashmir is an internationally-recognized dispute that should be resolved in accordance with the UN resolutions and the aspirations of the Kashmiri people.

The Hurriyat forum in a statement issued in Srinagar on behalf of its Executive Council said that India’s illegal and unilateral actions could not change the disputed status of Jammu and Kashmir.

It said said that besides Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, thousands of people including Hurriyat leaders, activists, lawyers and youth had been put under detention to prevent demonstrations against repeal of special status of occupied Kashmir by the Indian government. »

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Bengaluru (Karnataka), India, December 13 (KMS): The news of the death of Kashmiri social activist and President of Kashmir Association, Bengaluru, Muhammad Aslam Jhan, is making rounds on social media.

Muhammad Aslam Jhan had been missing for the last two days. His body has been found in Kolar city of Karnataka.

Aslam Jhan’s family members have expressed the apprehension that he was killed by Hindu extremists. »

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Srinagar, December 13 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, fresh heavy snowfall, today, forced closure of the Srinagar-Jammu highway and suspension of air traffic in Srinagar.

The snowfall, which began in the early hours of the day, resulted in accumulation of snow on both sides of the Jawahar Tunnel on the highway, a traffic department official said.

Officials at Srinagar airport said, due to poor visibility and continuing snowfall, flights to and from the airport were again cancelled. The air traffic to the Valley remained suspended for the 8th consecutive day, today, due to heavy snowfall, they added. »

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Srinagar, December 13 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Peoples League (JKPL) leader, Nisar Ahmed, has said that acts of arrests and harassment of Hurriyat leaders and common people by Indian forces are aimed at mounting pressure on the freedom-loving people to give up their just cause.

Nisar Ahmad addressing a public gathering in Shopian said that Indian aggression could not change the disputed status of Kashmir and suppress the will of the Kashmiri people.

He said that the non-resolution of the Kashmir dispute had affected development and better future in the region. He appealed to the international human rights organizations to take notice of the plight of detainees and help in the immediately release. »

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Dhaka, December 13 (KMS): The Foreign Minister of Bangladesh, A K Abdul Momen, has cancelled his three-day visit to India over the situation arising out of the passage of the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Parliament.

Foreign Minister of Bangladesh, A K Abdul Momen was scheduled to go to New Delhi on Thursday. However, he cancelled his trip over prevailing situation following passage of the Bill in India.

There have been massive protests in Assam and several northeastern states against the legislation which seeks to provide citizenship to members of non-Muslim religious minorities from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan, residing in India. »

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New Delhi, December 13 (KMS): Senior Congress leader and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, upper house of the Indian parliament, Ghulam Nabi Azad has said that the entire Northeast is burning in protest against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) passed by the Parliament.

Ghulam Nabi Azad talking to media men in New Delhi termed the CAB unconstitutional, adding what is happening in the region is a repeat of what happened in Kashmir.

“By imposing Section 144 (restricting Assembly of four or more people), curfew and ordering lathi-charge, and not allowing people to speak out, you are killing them. Do assurances really matter thereafter? It is same as what has happened with the people of Jammu and Kashmir. What is happening in the Northeastern States is a repeat of what has happened in J&K,” he told media men.

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Srinagar, December 13 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the APHC leader and the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Employees Movement, Mohammad Shafi Lone, has condemned the continued lockdown and suspension of internet and other means of communication imposed by the Indian government in the territory.

Mohammad Shafi Lone in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the people of the territory had been facing hardship since August 5 when the Indian government repealed Kashmir’s special status and divided it into two union territories. He said that shortage of commodities and medicines due to the continued siege by the Indian government had added to the miseries of the Kashmiri people. He said that the business activities had come to a standstill as the crop and fruit had been destroyed. »

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Srinagar, December 13 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, on the 131st day of military lockdown, today, there is no change in the situation on ground in the territory particularly in the Valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu region.

The residents of these areas continue to suffer due to restrictions imposed under Section 144 and suspension of internet, SMS and prepaid mobile services. The increasing chill has also added to the miseries of the residents of the Kashmir Valley who are facing shortage of essential commodities including food items and life-saving drugs due to restrictions.

The occupation authorities are likely to further tighten restrictions in the Kashmir Valley today to thwart big anti-India protests post Juma congregational prayers, which have not been allowed at Srinagar’s historic Jamia Masjid and other major mosques across the Valley since August 05, 2019. »

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Washington, December 13 (KMS): A US Congressman, Steve Watkins, has expressed concern over the prevailing situation in occupied Kashmir following the abrogation of Article 370 by Indian government on August 5.

The development comes days after Indian-American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal introduced a resolution on Kashmir in the US House of Representatives.

“Madam Speaker, today I rise in support of democracy and freedom for the people of Jammu and Kashmir and the importance of protecting religious minorities in the region,” Congressman Steve Watkins said in his remarks on the floor of the House of Representatives. »

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