New Delhi, December 16 (KMS): Students in multiple cities across India have come out in support of their counterparts at Delhi’s Jamia Millia Islamia and Aligarh Muslim University after Indian police used brute force during Sunday evening’s protests against the controversial citizenship law.

The police used excessive force during student protests that turned violent at the two universities. The Supreme Court of India, toeing the government line, today, said that the rioting must stop and there should be peace, responding to request to take note of police action on students. »

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Military siege continues on 134th day

Srinagar, December 16 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of Hurriyat Forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has demanded immediate release of all political detainees, including Hurriyat leaders, activists, lawyers and businessmen.

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who is detained at his residence in Srinagar, while talking to Kashmir Media Service, today, said the determination of the people and their voice for freedom cannot be suppressed by keeping Hurriyat leaders in illegal detention.

The forum chairman expressed serious concern over the incident of fire at Maharaj Ganj in Srinagar, in which over one dozen shops, houses and a mosque were gutted. He said the purpose of setting trade centers on fire is part of a bigger conspiracy to create fear amongst masses and ruin the economy of the Kashmiris. »

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Muzaffarabad, December 16 (KMS): Amir of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, Syed Salahuddin has paid glowing tributes to the renowned freedom fighter, Shams-ul-Haq, on his martyrdom anniversary.

Syed Salahuddin addressing a meeting in Muzaffarabad said Shaheed Shams-ul-Haq rendered his life for freedom. He was the perfect model and his life was torchlight for generations to come, he added. »

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Srinagar December 16 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian military siege and other sanctions continue to remain in force on the 134th consecutive day, today, causing severe hardship in Muslim-majority areas of Kashmir Valley and Jammu region.

Strict restrictions are imposed under Section 144 while internet and prepaid mobile phone services continue to remain suspended. Students, journalists, doctors, businessmen and other professionals are facing severe problems due to the constant suspension of the Internet. People are facing problems due to shortage of food, life-saving medicine and other basic necessities due to the lockdown and military siege. »

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Srinagar, December 16 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, more than twelve shops, houses and a mosque have been burnt to ashes in a mysterious incident of fire at Maharaj Ganj in Srinagar.

The Chairman of the Hurriyat Forum Mirwaiz Omar Farooq, who is detained at his residence in Srinagar, while talking to media persons expressed serious concern over the incident of fire. He said that the move was aimed at intimidating and harassing the Kashmiris to prevent them from continuing their struggle for freedom. »

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Islamabad, December 16 (KMS): Senior vice President of Jammu Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party, Mehmood Ahmed Saghar has expressed serious concern over the continued illegal detention of incarcerated party Chairman Shabbir Ahmed Shah and other liberation leaders languishing in New Delhi’s Tihar jail.

The DFP leader in a statement said that the Kashmiri prisoners locked up in the notorious jail were being subjected to worst torture. Urging the world human rights organizations to take effective notice of the inhuman treatment meted out to the illegal detainees in the Indian jail he said that even proper food and medical facilities were not being provided to them due to which the health condition of ailing Kashmiri leaders was deteriorating with each passing day. He also condemned the continued house detention of Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and others and demanded their immediate and unconditional release. »

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Srinagar, December 16 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyat leader and chairman of the Democratic Political Movement, Muhammad Shafi Reshi has expressed serious concern over the plight of the illegally detained Kashmiris languishing in jails of occupied Jammu and Kashmir and India.

Muhammad Shafi Reshi in a statement said that the Indian administration had been subjecting thousands of Kashmiris including children, youth, women and the elderly to the torture in jails. The detainees are not only deprived of food and other facilities, but they are also not presented in the courts, which is a violation of international law, he added.

Mohammad Shafi Reshi said that the continued detention of APHC Chairman Syed Ali Gilani had affected his health heavily. He rejected the August 5 move and the controversial citizenship law. He said that the people of Kashmir would never allow the settlement of non-Muslim Indian refugees inside Kashmir under the garb of the controversial law. »

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Islamabad, December 16 (KMS): Jammu and Kashmir Employees Movement, and J&K Students and Youth Forum have denounced the controversial Citizenship Amendment law recently passed by the Indian parliament which specifically targets the migrant Muslim community settled in the north-eastern territories of India.

Terming the law as patently immoral and arbitrary, vice Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Employees Movement, Imtiaz Wani in a statement condemned the communal mindset of the Modi regime for passing the controversial law. He said that India was hell bent upon suppressing the Kashmiris’ freedom movement through military might but was destined to fail in its designs. Wani also condemned the continued unlawful detention of Hurriyat leaders and thousands activists »

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Islamabad, December 16 (KMS): A special meeting of the Jammu-based Hurriyat organizations was held in Islamabad to discuss the prevailing situation in occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

The meeting was chaired by Muhammad Hussain Khateeb. Convener of Jammu and Kashmir Anjuman Seerat Committee, Khawaja Naeem-ul-Hasan, Convener of Pir Panjal Peace Foundation, Advocate Mahmood Akhtar Qureshi, Convener of Pir Panjal Civil Society, Mushtaq Ahmed Zargar and media in-charge of Jammu-based Hurriyat organizations, Ali Hasnain Naqvi participated in the meeting.
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New Delhi, December 16 (KMS): With only a fortnight to go for Indian Army chief Bipin Rawat to retire, it is still not clear who will be his successor. General Bipin Rawat will retire on December 31, but the next chief of Army staff is yet to be designated.

A senior Army officer on condition of anonymity told media in New Delhi that “This is unprecedented… that the Indian Army chief is less than a fortnight away from retirement but his successor is yet to be designated.” »

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