More difficulties for IOK people as harshest winter begins

Srinagar, December 21 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party led by illegally detained Shabbir Ahmed Shah has reaffirmed the Kashmiris’ unflinching resolve to take the ongoing freedom movement to its logical conclusion, despite all odds.

The DFP at a meeting in Srinagar expressed serious concern over the fast deteriorating political and human rights situation in occupied Kashmir. The participants of the meeting, chaired by the party General Secretary, Muhammad Abdullah Tari, demanded early settlement of the Kashmir dispute on the basis of the Kashmiris’ universally-accepted right to self-determination guaranteed by the UN. They deplored the silence of the world over Indian atrocities on the people of occupied Kashmir. The meeting also condemned the illegal detention of party Chairman, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, and other Hurriyat leaders who have been languishing in New Delhi’s infamous Tihar Jail for last over two years. The meeting also thanked Pakistan, Turkey, Malaysia and China for raising voice in support of the besieged Kashmiris at the international level. »

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Srinagar, December 21 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) has expressed the Kashmiris’ unflinching resolve to take the ongoing freedom movement to its logical conclusion, despite all odds.

The DFP at a meeting in Srinagar expressed serious concern over the fast deteriorating political and human rights situation in occupied Kashmir. The meeting, chaired by the party General Secretary, Maulana Muhammad Abdullah Tari, was attended by the office bearers and the district presidents of the organization. The participants of the meeting reiterated the call for early settlement of the Kashmir dispute on the basis of the Kashmiris’ universally-accepted right to self-determination guaranteed by the United Nations. »

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Srinagar, December 21 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, as the situation in the Kashmir Valley remains grim on 139th consecutive day, the besieged people have more difficulties in store as the Chilai Kalan, the 40-day harshest winter period commenced, today.

As per centuries-old practice, the residents usually used to stock essential commodities for the winter season as the Kashmir Valley remains cut off from the rest of the world due to closure of Srinagar-Jammu Highway, the only surface link of the territory with the outside world. However, this year, they could not do this due to unrelenting and persistent lockdown.

Millions of people of the Valley continue to suffer immensely as they are already facing shortage of basic necessities including food and life-saving medicines awing to continued imposition of restrictions by Indian government since 5th August, this year. Amid deployment of hundreds of thousands of Indian troops, restrictions under Section 144 remain in place while prepaid mobile phone, text messaging and internet services continue to be snapped, causing enormous problems to the masses. »

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Washington, December 21 (KMS): A federal government funding package passed by the US House of Representatives and the Senate has urged the Indian government to reverse its course in occupied Kashmir.

India abrogated special status of occupied Kashmir and divided it into two union territories on August 5. Since then, the occupied Kashmir is under military lockdown.

“The bill (HR 1865) urges the Indian Government to reverse course in Kashmir,” Senator Chris Van Hollen said on the Senate floor as the Senators passed the appropriations bill for the year 2020. »

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Jammu, December 21 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, representatives of several social and political organizations held a meeting in Jammu.

The meeting presided over by APHC leader and the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Movement, Mir Shahid Saleem, thoroughly discussed the situation arising out of the anti-Muslim Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) passed by the Indian parliament.

The participants strongly condemned the anti-minority, especially the anti-Muslim, Bill passed by the BJP government backed by communal forces and described it as a part of larger conspiracy to target the Muslim community in India.

They said that it was on the agenda of BJP and RSS to reduce Muslims to 2nd class citizens and render them politically weak by disenfranchise them. More than 200 million Muslims of India are not going to accept it and they shall fight back against the communal forces to their last drop of blood, they maintained. »

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New Delhi, December 21 (KMS): Amid raging anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protests across India, Congress interim President, Sonia Gandhi has said that the ruling BJP government was using brute force to suppress the voice of students, youth and citizens.

Sonia Gandhi in an address to the people posted online by her party said, “The Congress party expresses its deep anguish and concern over the brute repression unleashed by the BJP government against the students, youth and citizens across India.”

 

She said that in a democracy people had the right to raise their voice against wrong decisions and policies of the government and register their concerns. »

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Gujranwala, December 21 (KMS): On the call of Convener of Jammu and Kashmir, Pir Panjal Civil Society, Mushtaq Ahmad Zargar, a meeting of Jammu refugees residing in Gujranwala was held with Chaudhry Muhammad Hussain in chair.

The participants of the meeting were briefed about the recent masses contact campaign and its results by the high leadership of Jammu Muslim community.

Convener of Jammu and Kashmir Pir Panjal Civil Society, Mushtaq Ahmad Zargar, informed the refugees that how the situation drastically changed after the Modi’s August 5 actions in occupied Kashmir. He said, in the present circumstances, there is also a heavy responsibility on the Pakistan-based refugees. “We all need to fulfill our duty, both collectively and individually,” he added. »

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Chennai, Dec 21 (KMS): A senior Tamil Nadu BJP leader has justifed deadly police firing at a recent protest in Mangaluru by saying authorities will respond in kind to attacks with guns or bricks.

“Our response to guns will also be through guns,” BJP national secretary H Raja said in Chennai on Friday, describing a demonstration against the amended Citizenship Act, a law critics believe deliberately discriminates against Muslims.

Two people — Jaleel, 49, and Nauseen, 23 — were killed in police firing in Mangaluru, a port city in BJP-ruled Karnataka, on Thursday. »

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New Delhi, Dec 21 (KMS): Thirteen people died across India during widespread protests and violence against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). Ten people died in Uttar Pradesh on Friday. While two people died in Bijnor, one died in Kanpur, one in Firozabad and another one in Sambhal.

On Thursday, three people had died during the demonstrations against the Citizenship Amendment Act. Two persons died in Karnataka’s Mangaluru and another one died in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. »

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New Delhi, Dec 21 (KMS): New Delhi Police in India has allegedly detained women and children in the aftermath of the violence which took place at Delhi gate in New Delhi.
According to several activists outside the police station, the cops have not allowed the parents of the detained children or lawyers to go inside the station, citing law and order situation. »

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