Indian police arrest 8 youth in Kashmir

Srinagar, December 24 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, five-month long military clampdown and internet suspension have added to the already traumatized people of Kashmir as the number of patients with various psychiatric ailments has increased manifold since 5th of August.

An earlier study carried out by French-based Médecins Sans Frontières, also known as Doctors Without Borders, and Srinagar’s Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences says that every one out of five people in Kashmir have symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. Dr. Arshad Hussain, a psychiatrist who co-authored the study, calls Kashmir one of the saddest places in the world. He found that the situation has escalated as the clampdown coupled with the internet shutdown has added more to the figures of mentally sick patients.

Meanwhile, an atmosphere of fear and uncertainty continues to haunt the Kashmir Valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu and Ladakh regions on the 142nd day of military siege and lockdown, today. Indian forces are deployed in bulk while restrictions are in place under Section 144 to prevent protests against India’s illegal actions taken in the aftermath of August 5. Prepaid mobile phone, text messaging and internet services continue to remain shut in the territory. »

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Srinagar December, 24 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, senior Hurriyat leader, Professor Abdul Ghani Butt has said that peace in South Asia will continue to remain elusive till “final and dignified settlement” of the Kashmir dispute.

Professor Abdul Ghani Butt in a statement issued in Srinagar said, “India cannot crush the genuine struggle and aspirations of Kashmiris by use of brutal force. They will never succeed in dampening the freedom spirit of the resistance leaders and its people.” He said Kashmir is not an issue of law and order but a political issue involving the political future of the people of Jammu and Kashmir and further stated that it was in the larger interest of the people of entire South Asia to address and resolve this vexed issue in order to take out billions of people of this region out of political uncertainty and towards a bright future. »

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Srinagar, December 24 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, a Srinagar court for the consecutive fifth time directed the jail authorities to present illegally detained Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik, and other Hurriyat leaders in a 21-year-old false case registered against them.

The court had admitted the case in which it had granted bail to several Hurriyat leaders in the case registered against them for carrying out an anti-India march in Srinagar in 1998.

Many Hurriyat leaders appeared before the court of 3rd Munsif Fozia Pal in Srinagar in the case. Those who appeared in the court were Professor Abdul Ghani Butt, Javaid Ahmed Mir, Wajahat Bashir Qureshi, Muhammad Sidiq Shah, Sheikh Aslam and others. »

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Islamabad, December 24 (KMS): APHC AJK leaders Mehmood Ahmad Saghar, Syed Aijaz Rehmani and Pervez Ahmad Shah have paid rich tributes to the martyred leader of Jamaat-e-Islami occupied Kashmir, Ghulam Ahmad Butt, at Allahabad jail in Uttar Pradesh, India.

Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party’s Vice President Mehmood Ahmad Saghar in a statement said that the killing of the political activist was the worst kind of state terrorism. He maintained that that the Kashmiri people were facing such tyranny from last three decades. »

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Srinagar, December 24 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, an atmosphere of fear and uncertainty continues to prevail in the Kashmir Valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu and Ladakh regions as New Delhi-imposed military lockdown entered 142nd running day, today.

Restrictions under Section 144 are in place amid huge presence of Indian forces. Prepaid mobile phone, text messaging and internet services continue to remain shut in the Valley. »

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Srinagar, December 24 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian police have arrested eight youth in Baramulla and Shopian districts.

The police arrested five youth after conducting a raid on a hotel in Uri area of the Baramulla district.

Senior Superintendent of Police, Baramulla, Abdul Qayoom talking to media men claimed that these youth were going to join the path of armed struggle against Indian occupation of the territory.

The police during house raids arrested three youth in Waripora and Kutpura areas of Shopian district for their active involvement in the ongoing freedom movement. »

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Johannesburg, Dec 24 (KMS): Scores of South Africans protested Monday outside India’s consulate general in Johannesburg against a controversial new citizenship law that critics say could turn Indian Muslims into second-class citizens.
Faatimah Laher, one of the protest organizers, said their aim was to show solidarity with protesters in India.
‘‘We saw the student-led protests in India, and as student activists back home (in South Africa), it’s something we related to, and we felt something needed to be done to stop India from passing fascist laws,” she said. »

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Dubai, Dec 24 (KMS): In a rare display of public opinion in Dubai, a small demonstration has been held to protest against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s controversial citizenship law passed earlier this month.
It is unclear as to whether or not the UAE has given a green light for the protest, not least because it has close ties with India. Modi was awarded the highest civilian honour in August, when he was presented with the “Order of Zayed”.
There have been widespread protests in India against the law. The Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) is perceived as being discriminatory to the country’s Muslim minority, as it gives non-Muslim minorities from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan who fled to India before 2015 a pathway to citizenship which Muslims in the same position do not have. »

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New York, December 23 (KMS): Global rights watchdog, the Human Rights Watch has said that the Indian authorities should cease using unnecessary lethal force against demonstrators protesting a law that discriminates against Muslims.

The HRW in a statement posted on its website, today, said since protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) began on December 12, 2019, at least 25 people have been killed and hundreds have been arrested.

It said, the police have used excessive force only against demonstrators protesting the law, including many students. It said, all the deaths have occurred in states governed by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP): 18 in Uttar Pradesh, 5 in Assam, and 2 in Karnataka. It sad most of those killed have been Muslims, including an 8-year-old boy in Uttar Pradesh. »

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New Delhi, Dec 24 (KMS): More than two dozen people in India have died amid ongoing protests against a new citizenship law, which critics say discriminates against Muslims.
At least 25 people have died across India in ongoing protests against the country’s new citizenship law.
In the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, police reportedly cracked down on demonstrators, taking at least 600 into custody. The state is a stronghold of the ruling right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party, or BJP, which enacted the law.
Authorities have also restricted mobile internet access and imposed emergency laws banning assemblies.
The Citizenship Amendment Act, or CAA, offers a fast-track to citizenship for persecuted religious minorities from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, but excludes Muslims such as the Ahmadiyya, Hazara or Rohingya. Critics say the law is not only discriminatory, but in violation of India’s secular constitution. »

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