Srinagar, January 10 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Young Journalists Association (JKYJA) has denounced the continued internet suspension by the Indian government.

The JKYJA President, Aijaz War, at a meeting in Srinagar, today, said, “The internet lockdown is taking a heavy toll on the journalists whose work and livelihood continue to suffer.” Reporters, editors and management staff of media houses are suffering heavily, he deplored.

He said, “With no sign of internet resuming soon, the future of media professionals’ looks bleak.” He added that many online media houses had already closed the operations.

“This is a ploy of the Indian government to harass the already terrified journalists and force them to strictly toe the authorities’ line,” he said. »

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New Delhi, January 10 (KMS): India’s opposition parties have criticised the government for arranging visit of foreign envoys to occupied Kashmir and not taking its own citizens, including top political parties, to visit the territory and hold dialogue with its people.

Congress leader, Manish Tiwari, said that essentially, the government wanted to demonstrate that everything was normal in Kashmir, which was far from reality.

Aam Aadmi Party leader, Sanjay Singh, said that members of Indian Parliament, who wished to visit the territory, should also be allowed to go there. Sushobha Barve of Centre for Dialogue and Reconciliation said that in her opinion, Indian rulers wanted to tell the world that everything was all right in Kashmir. »

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Srinagar, January 10 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Hurriyat forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has termed the strictly controlled visit of Delhi-based Envoys of 15 countries to Kashmir as a nefarious attempt by the Indian government to mislead the world about the ground situation in the territory.

The forum spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar said that India wrote the worst chapter of history by usurping all the basic rights and freedoms of the people of occupied Kashmir on 5th August, 2019 when it revoked the special status of the territory. He said that since then thousands of Kashmiris including Hurriyat leaders, activists, intellectuals, lawyers and traders had been kept in different jails and detention centres. He said that by organizing visit of hand-picked envoys and holding meetings with them in military cantonment would not change the ground realities of occupied Kashmir.

The Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party in a statement in Srinagar deplored that, on one hand, occupied Kashmir had been turned into a hell for its residents, while on the other, Modi-led fascist regime was mercilessly arranging the visits of foreign envoys to project its baseless narrative that all is well in the territory. »

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New Delhi, January 10 (KMS): The Indian Supreme Court, today, directed the authorities in occupied Kashmir to review within 7 days all orders directing suspension of internet services in the territory.

The Supreme Court delivered its verdict on a batch of pleas including that of Congress leader, Ghulam Nabi Azad, challenging the restrictions imposed in Kashmir following repeal of its special status on August 05, last year.

Justice N V Ramana led bench said, complete shutdown of internet is illegal and a drastic measure and government can resort to this only when there is no other alternative to deal with a situation. »

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Islamabad, January 10 (KMS): Pakistan Foreign Office has said that it had given a response to the letter written by the All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani in accordance with the country’s historical and steadfast support and commitment to the Jammu and Kashmir cause.
According to Kashmir Media Service, Pakistan Foreign Office, Spokesperson, Aisha Farooqui, in her weekly press briefing stated this while responding to a query on the status of the letter written by Syed Ali Gilani to Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Ayesha Farooqi said Syed Ali Gilani is the most respectable figure of the Kashmiri freedom struggle. “His sacrifices and contributions are well known and deeply valued. »

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Srinagar, January 10 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) has said that the controlled visit of selected foreign diplomats by the Indian government is an attempt to mislead the world community about the real situation of the territory.

The DFP spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar said that, on one hand, occupied Kashmir had been turned into a hell for its residents, while, on the other, Modi-led fascist regime was mercilessly arranging the visits of foreign envoys to project its baseless narrative that all is well in the territory.

He said that the so-called normalcy narrative peddled by New Delhi was nothing but an outlandish act to befool the world and to conceal the horrendous crimes Indian troops had been committing in the territory. “If the situation in Kashmir is really normal then why does India shy away from granting an unfettered access to the UN and other human rights organizations to have a fair assessment of the situation,” he said. »

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Srinagar, January 10 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Young Men’s League said that it held a protest demonstration in Srinagar, , today, against the siege and human rights violations.

The JKYML in a statement said that the protesters condemned the Modi regime for spreading blatant lies about the resistance against its illegal occupation over Kashmir. They termed the tour of the foreign envoys to Kashmir a futile exercise as it was a guided tour choreographed by the occupation regime to hoodwink the world into believing that normalcy had returned to occupied Kashmir.

The protestors complained that the delegation wasn’t allowed to go across the valley freely fearing that they might meet the general masses and come to know about the real situation of the territory. »

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Srinagar, January 10 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Peoples League (JKPL) has urged the world community and the United Nations to play their role in peaceful settlement of Kashmir dispute.

The JKPL leaders including Nisar Ahmad and Molvi Rafiq Ahmad addressing people in Pulwama and Shopian paid rich tributes to martyr, Zahid Hasan, and 10th class student, Tehseen Nazir and reiterated to continue the martyrs’ mission till it reached its logical conclusion.

They said that the lockdown imposed by India on August 05, last year, had made the lives of the Kashmiri people miserable and called upon the world to come forward in a big way to settle the dispute as per Kashmiris’ aspirations and relevant UN resolutions. »

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Srinagar, January 10 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, as the Kashmir Valley remains under military lockdown on 159th consecutive day, today, India is trying to mislead the world about the ground situation by arranging a controlled two-day tour of the foreign envoys based in New Delhi.

Local residents, political analysts and leaders of occupied Kashmir have termed the tour as meaningless, “orchestrated” and “curated”.

Sidiq Wahid, a political analyst and academician, told media that “such delegations have no credibility”. “The government in Delhi is trying to seek legitimacy for itself. And from a Kashmir point of view, there is so little credibility for such delegations. Why do you need delegations? Why can’t just people come freely? The expectations of Kashmiris is very low. We (Kashmiris) continue to struggle,” he said. »

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New Delhi, January 10 (KMS): Indian political leaders and social activists have strongly criticized the Narendra Modi-led government for arranging a two-day controlled visit of Delhi-based foreign envoys’ to occupied Kashmir.

Congress leader, Manish Tiwari, termed the foreign envoys’ visit as a farcical exercise aimed at distorting reality. “Essentially, the government wants to demonstrate that everything is normal in Kashmir, which is far from reality,” he said.

“Post-abrogation of Article 370, the government assumed that Kashmiris would embrace it as a popular move and if that is the case, why is internet suspended for more than five months? »

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