Islamabad, January 08 (KMS): The European Union will not be part of the foreign delegates’ team visiting IOK tomorrow at the Indian government’s invitation.

The two-day tour that begins tomorrow would be attended by envoys from the Latin America and Africa. Diplomats from Australia and several Gulf nations, who were expected to go, have dropped out due to what they called “scheduling” reasons. »

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IOK remains under fear, intimidation

Srinagar, January 08 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, thousands of people defying curfew-like restrictions poured in Bijbehara, the hometown, of martyr Zahid Hasan in Islamabad district to participate in his funeral prayers.

Zahid Hasan was martyred during a cordon and search operation jointly launched by Indian Army, police and Central Reserve Police Force in Awantipora area of Pulwama district, yesterday. High-pitched pro-freedom and and anti-India slogans were raised on the occasion. He was laid to rest in his ancestral graveyard amid tears and sobs.

Meanwhile, fear continues to grip the Kashmir Valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu region as Indian military siege and lockdown entered 157th consecutive day, today. The chilly weather conditions coupled with restrictions, continued suspension of Internet and prepaid mobile services are causing huge inconvenience to the masses. »

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Jammu, January 08 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, APHC leader and Chairman of the Jammu and Kashmir People’s Movement, Mir Shahid Saleem, has said that the entire Muslim population of Jammu region is forced to live under the shadow of terror after seizure of all basic and democratic rights of the Kashmiri people by the fascist Indian government.

Mir Shahid Saleem said this while talking to Khurram Pervez, a prominent human rights activist and the head of the Coalition of Civil Society, who met him in Jammu. »

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Srinagar,January 08 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, three persons were injured in a grenade blast in Srinagar city, today.

The blast occurred in Habbak area of the city resulting in the injuries to three civilians. All the injured were rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Indian forces sealed all entry and exit points and launched search operations in he area.

Meanwhile, an Indian army porter died after struck by an avalanche at Shahpur in Poonch district, police said.

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Islamabad, January 08 (KMS): Zahid Ashraf, Vice Chairman, J&K Young Men’s League has strongly denounced the continued siege and communication blockade of occupied Kashmir.

Reprimanding India for its callousness and total disregard for human norms , Zahid Ashraf in a statement said that the barbaric treatment of the millions of Kashmiris would only harden their defiance and resistance against the illegal Indian hold and reinforce their disenchantment with the occupier. »

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One killed, 38 injured in road accidents in Jammu region

Jammu, January 08 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian police have arrested four youth in Kishtwar district.

The police arrested four persons including a Village Defence Committee (VDC) member during house raids in Loharna, Swarbati and other areas of the district.

The VDC member Devi Dass was arrested for allegedly selling a weapon to a member of mujahid organization Hizbul Mujahideen in Kishtwar district, police officials told media men. »

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Srinagar, January 08 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, an atmosphere of fear and intimidation continues to prevail in the Kashmir Valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu region as Indian military lockdown entered 157th consecutive day, today.

There is no let up in the sufferings of the people of the Kashmir Valley due to restrictions imposed under Section 144 and heavy deployment of Indian troops by India. The chilly weather has also added to the miseries of the residents manifold. Internet and prepaid mobile services remain suspended, causing huge inconvenience to the masses.

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New Delhi, January 08 (KMS): The world’s leading political risk consultancy, Eurasia Group has said that India under Narendra Modi is the fifth biggest geopolitical risk of 2020.

The consultancy’s annual ‘Top 10 Risks’ of the year list is considered one of the foremost geopolitical indicators among global investors, multinational firms and various financial and business consultancies.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi has spent much of his second term promoting controversial social policies at the expense of an economic agenda. The impacts will be felt in 2020, with intensified communal and sectarian instability, as well as foreign policy and economic setbacks,” said the Eurasia Group’s report. »

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New Delhi, Jan 08 (KMS): On January 5, 2020, over 30 students and staff of Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) were admitted to the hospital after a masked mob of men and women entered the university wielding sticks and iron rods. Protests against the brutal violence at JNU have erupted across India in cities like Chandigarh, Bangalore, Mumbai, Hyderabad, and Ahmedabad.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has yet to comment on the violence in New Delhi.
Two days later, Nikhil Savani, the general-secretary of Gujarat for the National Student’s Union of India (NSUI), was beaten and allegedly stabbed in broad daylight for protesting against the JNU violence outside the headquarters of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), a right-wing student body with ties to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its ideological parent organization the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). Around 10 people were injured, Indian media reported. »

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Meerut (India), Jan 08 (KMS): Ever since his brother was shot dead last month during protests in northern India, Mohammad Imran has lived in fear of getting snatched up by the police.
Along with other residents in Meerut, a town of 1.5 million people in the country’s most-populous state of Uttar Pradesh, Imran said nightly raids have become routine following a Dec. 20 protest that turned violent. Five people were killed that day, one of the deadliest incidents so far in nationwide demonstrations against a new religion-based citizenship law.
“We have to stay awake because we are afraid the police might come to pick us up,” Imran said as he sat by a fire in a narrow lane near the mosque where the violence took place. “We Muslims feel cornered. There is an atmosphere of fear.” »

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