Srinagar, January 15 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani while expressing concern over the prevailing situation in the territory denounced the ongoing military siege and media lockdown, which entered 164th day, today.

Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar, today, expressed shock over the recent killings of Kashmiri youth in the territory saying that Indian forces were hell-bent upon committing genocide of the Kashmiris. While expressing solidarity with the relatives of the martyrs, he said that blood of the youth would not go waste. He said that India had surpassed all moral and legal values and converted the entire territory into the worst jail. He also expressed condolence over the death of advocate Shafqat Hussain. »

Read More... | Comment

HRW condemns Indian atrocities in IOK

Jammu, January 15 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism martyred one more Kashmiri youth in Doda district of Jammu region, today, raising the toll to five in less than one week.

The troops martyred the youth, identified as Haroon Hamad, during a cordon and search operation in Gundara area of the district. Indian police claimed that Haroon was a mujahid commander, who was killed during an encounter with the troops.

Meanwhile, the New York-based Human Rights Watch has criticized the Indian government for gross human rights violations including communication blackout imposed after the abrogation of Kashmir’s special status in August, last year. The Human Rights Watch in its World Report 2020 said, the Indian government has tried to shut down Kashmir, hiding the full extent of the harm caused there. The 652-page report says that on August 5, before revoking the state’s special status, the government imposed a security lockdown and deployed additional troops. Thousands of Kashmiris were detained without charge, including former chief ministers, political leaders, opposition activists, lawyers, and journalists. The internet and phones were shut down. The government said it was to prevent loss of life, but there were credible, serious allegations of beatings and torture by security forces. »

Read More... | Comment

New York, January 15 (KMS): The New York-based Human Rights Watch has criticized the Indian government for gross human rights violations including arrests, torture and communication blackout after abrogation of Kashmir’s special status in August, last year.

Human Rights Watch in its World Report 2020 posted on its website said, Indian authorities also failed to protect religious minorities, used draconian sedition and counter-terrorism laws to silence peaceful dissent, and invoked foreign funding regulations and other laws to discredit and muzzle nongovernmental organizations, critical of government actions or policies. »

Read More... | Comment

Jammu, January 15 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism martyred one more Kashmiri youth in Doda district of Jammu region, today.

The troops martyred the youth identified as Haroon Hamad during a cordon and search operation in Gundara area of the district.

Indian police claimed that Haroon Hamad was a mujahid commander, who was killed during an encounter with the troops.

“Haroon Hamad was trapped and killed in the combat operation,” the police said. »

Read More... | Comment

Mysuru, January 15 (KMS): Due to pressure from the BJP-led Modi government in Delhi, the Mysuru Bar Association has prevented its lawyers from appearing for Nalini Balakumar, who is facing sedition charges for holding a ‘Free Kashmir’ placard during a protest at the University of Mysore in Mysuru recently.

Nalini, an alumna of the University of Mysore, was recently booked under Sections 34 and 124 A (Sedition) of Indian Penal Code by local police. She was granted interim bail on January 10, following which, she appeared before the police and recorded her statement. She said that she held the ‘Free Kashmir’ placard to spread awareness about the internet shutdown imposed in occupied Kashmir over the past five months. She also made it clear that she had no affiliation with any organisation, and that she was ready to cooperate with the police investigation. »

Read More... | Comment

Islamabad, January 15 (KMS): The APHC-AJK Information Secretary, Sheikh Abdul Mateen has said that the Kashmiris are determined to carry on their struggle for freedom of their motherland from tyrannical clutches of India, despite all odds.

Sheikh Abdul Mateen in a statement issued in Islamabad said that the people of occupied Kashmir were ready to face Indian bullets on their chests but would never surrender their just cause. He said that the Kashmiri people’s spirit for freedom struggle could not be defeated and they would prefer death to submitting to the Indian military might. »

Read More... | Comment

Srinagar, January 15 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, a soldier of Indian Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) committed suicide after killing his one colleague and injuring another in Udhampur town.

A Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) constable, V N Murthy, opened fire at his colleagues, constables Muhammad Tasleem and Sanjay Thakrey, after losing temper during a heated argument over some issue, causing critical injuries to both of them, a police official said. He said that the incident occurred inside a camp at Sui Jakhar in Udhampur.

V N Murthy also shot himself with his service rifle as other personnel rushed to the scene after hearing the gunshots, the official said. »

Read More... | Comment

Srinagar, January 15 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, snowfall continued in the Kashmir Valley for the fourth consecutive day on Wednesday, disrupting air traffic, officials said.

While the plains received light snowfall, the higher reaches of the Valley and Jammu and Ladakh regions experienced heavy snowfall, a MET official said.

The weather had remained mostly dry in most areas of the Valley during the day on Tuesday but fresh snowfall started late in the night, the official said. »

Read More... | Comment

NEW YORK, January 15 (KMS): The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) will meet on Wednesday to discuss the alarming human rights situation in Indian occupied Kashmir, Radio Pakistan reported.

According to sources, the ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC) between Pakistan and India will also be discussed.

This is the second time in less than six months that the UN body is going to discuss the issue of occupied Kashmir. In August last year, the Security Council had, for first time in over five decades, met to discuss the critical human rights situation in the occupied valley. »

Read More... | Comment

Lahore, January 15 (KMS): Chief Minister Usman Buzdar on Tuesday said convening United Nations Security Council session to discuss the situation in Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IOJ&K) was a foreign policy achievement of the PTI government.

In a statement issued here, he said that the situation in Jammu & Kashmir required immediate attention of the international community as lockdown of the Valley by the Indian occupational forces had been continuing for the last 163 days. The worst human rights violations were being committed by the Indian government in Occupied Kashmir and oppressed Kashmiris had been forced to live a miserable life confined to their homes, he added. The chief minister regretted that depriving patients of treatment facilities was the worst cruelty. On the other side, he added that the Indian army was continuing genocide of Kashmiris. »

Read More... | Comment