Srinagar, December 20 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, for the fourth time, a local court has directed the jail authorities to present Muhammad Yasin Malik and other Hurriyat leaders in a 21-year-old fake case registered against them.

Several Hurriyat leaders including Professor Abdul Ghani Butt, Javaid Ahmed Mir, Wajahat Bashir Qureshi, Muhammad Siddiq Shah and Sheikh Aslam appeared before the court of 3rd Munsif Fozia Pal in Srinagar.

The APHC Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani, and JKLF chief, Muhammad Yasin Malik, could not be produced before the court as they are under illegal detention. »

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Says Modi Govt will not be able to stop masses’ agitation

New Delhi, December 20 (KMS): Noted Indian writer and activist, Arundhati Roy, has joined the ongoing protest against the Citizen Amendment Act.

Arundhati Roy participated in a demonstration held at Jantar-Mantar in New Delhi against the Citizen Amendment Act.

In an interview on the occasion, she said, “India is standing up. This government stands exposed and discredited. This is a day when love and solidarity face down bigotry and fascism.” She said that this time the Modi government would not be able to stop people from agitation.

She said that everybody had joined the protest against the unconstitutional CAA and National Register of Citizens (NRC). “We are Dalits, Muslims, Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Adivasis, Marxists, Ambedkarites, farmers, workers, academics, writers, poets, painters and most of all students who are the future of this country. This time you will not stop us,” she added. »

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United Nations, Dec 20 (KMS): The UN General Assembly Wednesday stamped its approval on a Pakistan-sponsored resolution reaffirming the universal realization of the rights of all peoples, including those under colonial, foreign and alien domination, to self-determination as a fundamental condition for the effective guarantee and observance of human rights.

Adopted by consensus, the resolution, which was co-sponsored by 81 countries, calls on countries to immediately cease their foreign military intervention in and occupation of foreign countries and territories, as well as acts of repression, discrimination and maltreatment.

The text was recommended last month by the 193-member Assembly’s Third Committee, which deals with Social, humanitarian and cultural issues. »

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IOK situation remains grim due to continued lockdown

Srinagar, December 20 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, people held forceful demonstrations in Nowhatta, Srinagar, and other areas of the territory, today, against the Indian occupation and ongoing lockdown in the territory.

The occupation authorities allowed people to offer Juma prayers, today, at historic Jami Masjid located in Nowhatta area of Srinagar after keeping the mosque locked for 19 consecutive weeks since 5th August, this year. However, as the Juma congregational prayers culminated, youth took to the streets and raised high-pitched anti-India and pro-freedom slogans. People also held anti-India protests in Sopore, Pulwama, Bandipora and other areas. Indian police and troops used brute force against the protesters at different places. The occupation authorities kept the Chairman of Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, under house arrest and did not allow him to deliver Juma sermon at the Jamia Masjid. »

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Srinagar, December 20 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference spokesman has said that the health condition of Hurriyat Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani, is stable as he is recovering after he suffered from severe chest infection.

The APHC spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar said that doctors performed several tests of the ailing leader in last few days. Syed Ali Gilani is recovering from chest disease and we appeal people to pray for his speedy recovery, he said. »

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Srinagar, December 20 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, a protest demonstration was held in Srinagar against the internet shutdown which has been in place for last over four months in the territory.

Several youth assembled at the Press Enclave in Srinagar and demanded restoration of internet service in the Kashmir Valley. Carrying placards which read “Save our Future”, “Restore Internet”, the protesting youth raised slogans in support of their demands.

Showkat Ahmed, admin of one of YouTube channels, said that their livelihood was getting affected due to the internet shutdown. “I launched my channel after trying hard to get a government job. First government failed to provide jobs to educated youth, now they are pushing them to the wall by such decisions. Every sector is taking a hit,” he said. »

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Srinagar, December 20 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Srinagar-Jammu highway, the only surface link of the Kashmir Valley with rest of the world, was again closed for traffic, today, following landslides in Ramban district of Jammu region.

An official said that traffic would hopefully be restored soon in case of fair weather. “The intending highway travellers should contact traffic control units before leaving for their destinations,” he added.

The highway was restored on Monday for one-side traffic, day after it was blocked following heavy snowfall in Kashmir and Jammu areas. However, after fresh landslides in Ramban area, it was again closed. »

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Srinagar, December 20 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, uneasy calm and uncertainty continue to prevail in the Kashmir Valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu and Ladakh regions as India-imposed lockdown entered 138th straight day, today.

Restrictions under Section 144 are still in place amid massive deployment of Indian troops since August 5. Prepaid mobile phone, text messaging and internet services continue to remain snapped for the residents of the Kashmir Valley.

People in the Valley continue to observe civil disobedience against India’s anti-Kashmir moves. As part of this movement, business establishments continue to remain shut across the Valley for most part of the day. Shops only open for couple of hours in the morning or evening just to cater to the daily needs of the people. Thin attendance is also witnessed in Valley’s educational institutions and offices. »

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Srinagar, December 20 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Peoples League (JKPL), under its mass contact campaign, today, organized public gatherings in different areas.

JKPL spokesman, Molvi Rafiq addressed a public gathering in Shopian, Secretary General, Nisar Ahmed in Pulwama, Manzoor Ahmed in Bijbehara and Aadil Farooq addressed a gathering in Islamabad town.

In their addresses, the JKPL leaders paid glowing tributes to the Kashmiri people for their steadfastness against the Indian oppression. They said that the day was not far away when the Kashmiris would get freedom from Indian bondage. »

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Hyderabad (India), Dec 20 (KMS): India has had over 350 cases of internet shutdown since 2014, the most in the world. This number peaked at 134 last year. This year, until the evening of December 19, there have been 95, most notably in Kashmir.
Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir has the distinction of having two of the three longest shutdowns in the country’s history. The first, 136 days and counting, has been in place since August 4, when Article 370 was abrogated for the state.
The total communication blockade saw the restrictions in overall internet and phone communication. Though the ban on landlines has been lifted, the blockade of mobile internet is still in place. The second-longest shutdown was in Kashmir from July 2016 after the killing of Burhan Wani. Mobile internet services were suspended for 133 days. While postpaid internet users could start accessing the internet on November 2016, prepaid users were allowed only in January 2017. The third-longest was in Darjeeling, for 100 days from June 18, 2017. It was imposed due to the Gorkhaland agitation. »

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