BJP government turned occupied Kashmir into prison, graveyard

Srinagar, January 04 (KMS): Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and the world over will observe the Right to Self-Determination Day, tomorrow, to reaffirm the pledge to continue their liberation struggle till it reaches its logical conclusion.

It was on 5th January in 1949 when the United Nations Security Council passed a resolution supporting the Kashmiris’ right to decide their future by themselves through UN-sponsored plebiscite. The day will be marked with various activities including rallies, seminars and conferences across the world to remind the UN that it must implement its resolutions to settle the Kashmir dispute to save the Kashmiris from the Indian brutalities. This year, the day is being observed when occupied Kashmir is under continued military siege since 5th of August, last year.

Meanwhile, reeling under severe cold, the residents of the Kashmir Valley continued to suffer immensely on the 153rd consecutive day, today, due to the unrelenting lockdown imposed by the Indian authorities. There is no let up in the restrictions imposed under Section 144 in the territory amid massive deployment of Indian troops. »

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New Delhi, January 04 (KMS): India’s former National Security Advisor (NSA) Shivshankar Menon, has said that the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the withdrawal of special status of Kashmir under Article 370 of the Indian Constitution had led to India being isolated from the international community, even by its traditional allies.

Addressing an event in New Delhi Shivshankar Menon said, “There has been no meaningful international support for this series of actions, apart from a few committed members of the diaspora and a ragtag bunch of Euro MPs from the extreme right.”

He said many world leaders, including French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and even King Harald V of Norway have criticised India’s actions. »

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Srinagar, January 04 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, reeling under severe cold, the residents of the Kashmir Valley continued to suffer immensely on the 153rd consecutive Day, today, due to the unrelenting lockdown imposed by the Indian authorities.

There is no let up in the restrictions imposed under Section 144 in the territory amid massive deployment of Indian troops. The continued ban on text messaging and prepaid mobile connections since 5th August, last year, has cut off the people from their immediate surroundings and the rest of the world. The harsh weather has added to the miseries of the people of the Valley who were already suffering enormously due to strict military siege. »

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Jammu, January 04 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Srinagar-Jammu highway, the only all weather road connecting Kashmir Valley with the rest of the world, was closed for traffic on Saturday due to landslide in Ramban district.

An official of traffic department said that at least 10,000 passengers, including women, children and elderly persons besides thousands of vehicles including trucks were stranded on the highway.

Meanwhile, the meteorological department said that fresh light snowfall, today, led to an increase in the minimum temperature, which brought some relief to the people from the intense cold conditions. »

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Srinagar, January 04 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, thousands of people protested against the killing of Commander of Iran’s al-Quds Force, Qassem Soleimani.

The Quds Force chief was killed in a US airstrike alongside several other Iranian and Iraqi military commanders on the outskirts of the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Thursday.

Thousands of protesters marched in Lal Bazar area of Srinagar, Budgam town and Magam area of Budgam district carrying portraits of Soleimani and chanting anti-US and anti-Israeli slogans.

A rally was held in Kargil where people turned up in large numbers to mourn the death of the top Iranian commander. The protesters were carrying portraits of Soleimani and placards reading “Down with the USA.” »

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Srinagar, January 04 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, unidentified persons hurled a grenade at Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel in Srinagar, today.

Unknown persons lobbed a grenade to the CRPF personnel in Kawdara area of Srinagar, resulting in damage to several vehicles.

However, there was no immediate report of any casualty or injury, police said.

Soon after the incident, Indian troops and police personnel cordoned off the area and launched searches to nab the attackers. Further details are awaited. KMS—5M

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Srinagar, January 04 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian police have arrested a youth from SMHS hospital in Srinagar.

The police arrested the youth, Nisar Ahmed Dar, from SMHS hospital after launching a cordon and search operation in the area on the intervening night of Friday and Saturday.

Dar was detained twice under the draconian law Public Safety Act (PSA) – first time in 2016 and then in 2017.

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Srinagar, January 04 (KMS): Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and the world over will observe the Right to Self-Determination Day, tomorrow, with the pledge to continue their liberation struggle till it reaches its ultimate goal.

It was on 5th January in 1949 when the United Nations Security Council passed a resolution supporting the Kashmiris’ right to decide their future by themselves through UN-sponsored plebiscite.

The day will be marked by various activities including rallies, seminars and conferences across the world to remind the UN that it must implement its relevant resolutions to settle the Kashmir dispute to save the Kashmiris from the Indian brutalities.

This year, the day is being observed when occupied Kashmir is under military siege for the past over 150 days.

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Brussels, January 04 (KMS): The Chairman of Kashmir Council Europe (KCEU), Ali Raza Syed, has appealed to the international community, particularly the United Nations, to fulfill its obligations regarding holding of the promised plebiscite in Jammu and Kashmir to enable the Kashmiri people to exercise their right to self-determination.

It is important to mention that Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control (LoC) and Kashmiri diaspora abroad observe the Right to Self-determination Day on 5th January every year to remind the world that the UN resolutions on Kashmir including a particular resolution on their right to self-determination remain unimplemented even after seven decades. On January 05 in 1949, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted a resolution, acknowledging the Kashmiris’ right to self-determination. »

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Kolkata, January 04 (KMS): Senior leader of Communist Party of India (Marxist), Mohammad Yusuf Tarigami, has said that the BJP government in New Delhi has turned occupied Kashmir into a virtual prison by locking up leaders of different political parties and by suppressing the dissent after the abrogation of special status of the territory.

Mohammad Yusuf Tarigami speaking at the foundation-day programme of party daily Ganashakti in Kolkatta called upon the Indian intellectuals and members of the civil society to rise in protest against the oppression of people of Kashmir after abrogation of Articles 370 and 35A of the Indian Constitution.

These constitutional provisions provided special status and rights to occupied Kashmir and its citizens. »

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