Internet ban puts students in trauma

Srinagar, December 29 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, free flow of information has been blocked and journalists continue to face severe restrictions in all processes of news gathering, verification and dissemination.

A latest report published in the Telegraph, based in Kolkata, has said that the local press bore the brunt of the Internet blockade as its functioning was crippled. The report while highlighting the difficulties faced by the IOK press said that what got published in prominent local English dailies was a reflection of the censorship and government pressure on the press. It said that the largest circulated daily of Kashmir, for example, avoided publishing editorials on the emerging situation for months after August 5 and instead wrote and commented on issues like secrets of nature, health, medicines and poetry. The report pointed out that there was little or no coverage of how people suffered after the communications blockade and clampdown was imposed.

The newspaper informed that prominent dailies of Kashmir also had no reports on the effects of the total communication shutdown on everyday lives of people, arrests of thousands of local youths, torture, crippling of healthcare and other emergency services. Online editions of most local dailies remained suspended. »

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Srinagar, December 29 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the continued lockdown and communications blockade have also affected the student community besides the common people.

The Indian government has imposed military siege and communications blackout in the territory when it scrapped its special status and divided it into two Union Territories on August 5.

On August 2, Mehwish Rafiq, 17, attended her last day at the school where she studied in Class XII. While she is preparing for her dream exam of National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET), she is somehow hopeless if she can qualify the exams as this has been a year of loss for education in occupied Kashmir. »

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Riyadh, December 29 (KMS) : The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has decided to convene a meeting on the grim human rights situation in occupied Jammu and Kashmir and enactment of an anti-Muslim law in India, a section of media reported.

The ministerial level OIC meeting is expected to be held in Islamabad in April 2020. The development comes after Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud’s maiden visit to the country earlier this month during which he extended Riyadh’s steadfast support to Pakistan’s core national interests including the OIC’s greater role in the Kashmir dispute.

The visit of top Saudi diplomat had come in the backdrop of the recently concluded Kuala Lumpur Summit. »

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Multan, December 29 (KMS): Foreign Minister, Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said that the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s controversial anti-Muslim citizenship law has split India into “two schools of thought” and exposed the Indian government’s “Hindutva” mindset.

The Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019, passed by the Indian parliament on December 11, offers citizenship to refugees of several faiths including, Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism but does not grant the same to Muslims.

The statute, deemed “fundamentally discriminatory” by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, has triggered widespread protests in India, of which Qureshi took note in his press conference in Multan, today. »

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Islamabad, December 29 (KMS): The President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), Sardar Masood Khan has said that the world has been raising voice against Indian secular colonialism, bloodbath and genocide on oppressed Kashmir people.

Talking to PTV, he said that the international community and media had broken the silence by criticising the barbarism and atrocities in occupied Kashmir perpetrating by the Indian government and forces personnel, he said while. »

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Islamabad, December 29 (KMS): Vice Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Movement (JKPM), Abdul Majeed Malik has urged India to stop brutalities in occupied Kashmir and give Kashmiris their right to self-determination.

Abdul Majeed Malik in a statement issued in Islamabad said that the United Nations and the international community had committed with the Kashmiris to grant them their right to self-determination but despite the passage of several decades the pledge was not fulfilled. »

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Srinagar, December 29 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Modi-led Indian communal government has enforced a total communications blackout, snapping telephone services, including mobile and broadband internet after it revoked Kashmir’s special status and bifurcated it into Union Territories on August 5, Indian newspaper, The Telegraph reported.

The communications blackout has created an information black hole in occupied Kashmir and the local press bore the brunt of the blockade as its functioning was crippled, the newspaper said.

“The authorities also snapped the broadband internet connection at Kashmir Press Club on August 5. This move meant that the over 200 club members belonging to the local journalist fraternity could not file their reports.” »

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