Canadian HR activists to intensify efforts for Kashmir

Srinagar, December 28 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the miseries of the residents of the Kashmir Valley continued unabated as they remained besieged on 146th consecutive day, today.

As restrictions under Section 144 remain enforced amid deployment of thousands of Indian troops, the people of the Valley are cut off from their immediate surroundings and the entire world due to ban on internet, text messaging and prepaid mobile services. The harshest cold weather has added to the woes of the besieged people as they couldn’t stock essential commodities for the winter season. As per a centuries-old practice, usually the inhabitants of the Valley used to store food stuff and firewood in abundance for the winter as the Srinagar-Jammu Highway – the only surface link of the region with the rest of the world – remains mostly closed due to snowfall and rains in the months of December and January. However, this time around, they could not do so due to military lockdown which is in force since 5th August.

The students and businesses are the worst sufferers of continued suspension of the internet services since 5th August, this year. Hundreds of students, who aspire to appear in various competitive examinations, have to make frequent visits to the internet kiosks set up in offices of deputy commissioners of some districts. However, these facilitation centres are not enough to cater to a huge number of students and job aspirants who have to fill the forms online. »

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Islamabad, December 28 (KMS): APHC-AJK chapter leader and Vice Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Movement (JKPM), Abdul Majeed Malik has said that continued lockdown in occupied Kashmir has badly affected the local population.

Abdul Majeed Malik talking in Islamabad to the Kashmiri refugees, who had come from Bagh and Kotli areas of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, said that the severe cold weather had added to the miseries of the besieged people.

He deplored that India had created an atmosphere of fear in the occupied territory. He said that the armed goons of RSS were barging into the houses of Kashmiri Muslims living in the border districts and threatening them that like the Muslims of India, they had also to vacate their houses if they didn’t accept the Indian Constitution. »

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Beijing, December 28 (KMS): China has urged India and Pakistan to exercise restraint and refrain from taking actions that escalate tensions in the region.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, Geng Shuang, at a media briefing in Beijing said, “As neighbour to both India and Pakistan, we call on both sides to exercise restraint and refrain from taking actions that will escalate tensions, peacefully resolve disputes through dialogue and jointly maintain regional peace and stability.”

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Islamabad, December 28, (KMS): At the conclusion of their three-week visit to Pakistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), the delegation of Canadian human rights activists vowed to intensify their efforts on behalf of the suffering people of Indian Occupied Kashmir.

Led by Mr. Zafar Bangash of Friends of Kashmir Canada and Director Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought, the delegation has identified several specific areas where they intend to work. These include:

1: Lobbying Canadian government officials and parliamentarians to help lift the lockdown to which the 8 million Kashmiris have been subjected since August 5;

2: Work with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to facilitate contact between the thousands of Kashmiri youth taken into custody, and their parents; »

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Srinagar, December 28 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, there is no let up in the miseries of the residents of the Kashmir Valley as they continue to remain besieged on 146th consecutive day, today.

As restrictions under Section 144 remain enforced amid deployment of thousands of Indian troops, the people of the Valley are cut off from their immediate surroundings and the entire world due to ban on internet, text messaging and prepaid mobile services.

The harshest cold weather has added to the miseries of the besieged people as they couldn’t stock essential commodities for the winter season. As per a centuries-old practice, usually the inhabitants of the Valley used to store food stuff and firewood in abundance for the winter as the Srinagar-Jammu Highway – the only surface link of the region with the rest of the world – remains mostly closed due to snowfall and rains in the months of December and January. However, this time around, they could not do so due to military lockdown which is in force since 5th August. »

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Srinagar, December 28 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the administration has dropped former puppet chief minister, Sheikh Abdullah’s birth anniversary and Martyrs’ Day from the list of public holidays for 2020.

The list issued late night on Friday by GL Sharma, the Deputy Secretary of the General Administration Department, shows that 27 public holidays will be observed throughout the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir in 2020.

Two public holidays – Martyrs’ Day observed on July 13 and the birth anniversary of Sheikh Abdullah on December 5 – have been dropped from the list of holidays for the year 2020, said an order.

However, October 26 is in the list of public holidays for the next year as so-called Accession Day.

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Srinagar, December 28 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, students and businesses are the worst sufferers as the internet services remain suspended since August 5, this year, when Modi-led Indian communal government repealed Kashmir’s special status, divided it into two union territories and put it under military siege.

Hundreds of students, who aspire to appear in various competitive examinations, have to make frequent visits to the internet kiosks set up in offices of deputy commissioners of some districts.

Maleeha Aijaz, who is preparing to appear in the National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) exams, in a media interview in Srinagar said, “We have no information regarding what all documents we have to keep with us. After waiting for the turn for hours, we are turned back if something is missing.” »

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Srinagar, December 28 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the High Court has quashed detention orders of three persons booked under draconian law, Public Safety Act (PSA).

The court quashed the detention orders of Javaid Ahmed Parray, Imtiyaz Hussain Mir and Irshad Ahmed Dar after hearing arguments from the counsels of both sides.

Imtiyaz Hussain Mir and Irshad Ahmed Dar, both residents of Sopore area of Baramulla district, were booked under PSA after being labeled as over-ground workers of mujahid organizations. »

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Meerut/Lucknow, Dec 28 (KMS): India deployed thousands of police and shut down mobile internet services across many cities on Friday to control protests against a new citizenship law, with flashpoint Friday prayers passing largely peacefully, a British wire service reported.
However, thousands of demonstrators, waving Indian flags and holding placards rejecting the new law, protested peacefully in Bengaluru city amid a heavy police presence.
“I am here because the NRC is wrong,” said Iqbal Ahmed, 42, a Muslim carpet seller and one of the protesters, referring to the register of citizens. »

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New Delhi, Dec 28 (KMS): At least 27 people have been killed and thousands have been arrested amid demonstrations in India against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), a new law that allows immigrants of religious minorities in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Bangladesh to seek Indian citizenship while excluding Muslims from that prerogative.
Passed in early December, the new law has put India’s 200 million Muslims on high alert and joins a growing list of controversies spurred by the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government, which is accused of pushing a Hindu-nationalist agenda. Critics say that the CAA undermines India’s secular 1949 Constitution which ensures equality for all religions. »

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