Gloomy situation prevails in IOK on 140th day

Srinagar, December 22 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani has said that India’s position with regard to Jammu and Kashmir is merely that of an occupier and oppressor of which the UN resolutions remain an obvious proof.

Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the people of Kashmir had tried every possible way to secure their legitimate and internationally-recognised right to self-determination, but the 1987 elections had proved that India’s commitment to democracy was nothing more than a charade and a ruthless tyrant State behind the mask of democracy.

The APHC Chairman exposing India’s plan to deprive the people of occupied Kashmir of their land said while the Indian army is already in possession of hundreds of thousands of acres of land, now more land would be grabbed and colonies would come up on them where non-state subjects and soldiers would be settled. »

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Jammu, December 22 (KMS): Illegally detained Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), Muhammad Yasin Malik, appeared before a TADA court in Jammu through video conferencing in a fake case related to the killing of four Indian Air Force personnel in 1990.

Most of the accused could not appear in the TADA Court, Jammu, today, due to closure of Srinagar-Jammu highway.

The accused included Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Javaid Ahmed Mir, Muhammad Salim Nanaji, Javaid Ahmed Zargar, Manzoor Ahmed Sofi, Engineer Ali Muhammad Mir, Wajahat Bashir Qureshi, Muhammad Iqbal Ghandro, Muhammad Zaman Mir and Meraj Ahmed Sheikh. »

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New Delhi, December 22 (KMS): People in occupied Kashmir now think that protests and civil disobedience will make no difference to the Indian government, Outlook quoted a report by Yashwant Sinha-led Concerned Citizens Group (CCG), which has visited the Valley twice after the abrogation of Kashmir’s special status.

Outlook quoted the report as saying, “So they are asking: What should be done which would make a difference? The prevalence of such questions may in fact be preparing the ground for a new phase of militancy.” »

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US presidential candidates come out to back Pramila

Washington, December 22 (KMS): Leading Democratic presidential aspirants, Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren and two other US lawmakers have come out in support of Indian-American Congresswoman, Pramila Jayapal after Indian External Affairs Minister refused to a Congressional committee, which invited Jayapal to be a part of the group.

S Jaishankar cancelled his meeting with the Congressional committee in protest against Jayapal being a member of the group.

Jayapal is one, who introduced a Congressional resolution on Kashmir urging India to lift all the restrictions in occupied Kashmir imposed after the abrogation of Kashmir’s special status on August 5.

Senators Sanders, Warren and other lawmakers tweeted on Friday to express their support for Jayapal, saying Jaishankar and India are trying to silence the voice of a US lawmaker. »

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Srinagar, December 22 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the night temperatures across Kashmir Valley and in Ladakh dropped to freezing levels amid the gloomy situation continues to prevail particularly in the Kashmir Valley and parts of Jammu region on 140th consecutive day, today.

People continue to suffer immensely due to unrelenting military siege and lockdown. Restrictions under Section 144 remain in place while prepaid mobile phone, text messaging and internet services continue to be snapped.

Start ups have become one of the worst casualties of the Internet blockade in Kashmir. The ban on Internet has dealt a severe blow to the small ventures employing hundreds of people. The Internet ban has also impacted the courier services as online tracking of the courier has come to a halt. The courier service providers face the problem of contacting their customers as most of them have provided their pre-paid mobile numbers for contacting them, which is blocked in Kashmir by the Indian government. »

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