Srinagar, January 19 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, the Chairman of the Hurriyat forum, today, expressed satisfaction over the advocacy of the UN and other world fora in pressurising India and Pakistan for talks on Kashmir.

In a statement issued this evening, the Mirwaiz said that these world forums understood and accepted that Kashmir was a flash point between the two nuclear armed countries that could prove disastrous if remained unresolved. »

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Visit by Indian ministers termed as drama

Srinagar, January 19 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian authorities further intensified restrictions in the already besieged Kashmir Valley and parts of Jammu region in the name of security during a visit by a group of Indian ministers to the territory.

People were forced to stay indoors and vehicular movement was largely restricted amid the ongoing military lockdown and internet blackout on the 168th consecutive day, today.

Commenting on the so-called visit by the Indian ministers, Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party Chairman, Harshdev Singh in a statement said that the macabre drama had been conceptualized as a political firecracker by the BJP to whip up hysteria in its favour in the elections. »

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New Delhi, January 19 (KMS): The official website of the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has made a ridiculous claim concerning the population of Jammu and Kashmir, underreporting the population of the Kashmir valley by more than 10 times.

MHA’s website currently displays incorrect statistics regarding the population of the Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh territories. The website states that the Kashmir Valley houses a total of 5,35,811 residents, while the Jammu region houses 69,07,623 residents, followed by Ladakh with 2,90,492 residents.

While this adds up to 77,33,926, the website shows the total as 1,25,48,926. Assuming the MHA data entry operators incorrectly typed the information for Kashmir, working back from the total and subtracting the stated populations for Jammu and Ladakh gives us 53,50,811, which is also not the correct population of Kashmir. »

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Brussels, January 19 (KMS): The Chairman of Kashmir Council Europe (KCEU), Ali Raza Syed, has said that Indian Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat has confessed that New Delhi plans to keep Kashmiri youth and minor children in extra-judicial torture camps.

General Bipin Rawat while addressing a conference in New Delhi this week said that young Kashmiri children are being radicalized and they need to be identified and put in de-radicalization camps. »

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Chirhoi (AJK), January 19 (KMS): A condolence conference was held in Chirhoi, Azad Kashmir, to pay tributes to Haron Abbas Wani, who was martyred by Indian troops in Doda area of occupied Kashmir, recently.

The conference was chaired by Muhammad Shabbir Wani, the uncle of the martyr.

A large number of people including Hafiz Taha Mukhtar Butt, Zain Farooqi, Sardar Kabir Inayat, Raja Imtiaz Aziz, Dr Shaukat, Pir Syed Hussain Shah, Engineer Tahir Bilal »

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Islamabad, January 19 (KMS): Muhammad Farooq Rehmani, the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir People’s Freedom League has strongly condemned provocative and dangerous statement of the Indian General Bipin Rawat, India’s Chief of Defence Staff in which he had urged the Modi government to construct deradicalisation camps for the Kashmiri children.

Muhammad Farooq Rehmani in a statement issued in Islamabad called on the UN and other human rights organizations the world over to take cognizance of such mad utterances. »

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Islamabad, January 19 (KMS): The Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Movement leader, Abdul Majeed Malik has called upon the United Nations to implement its resolution on Jammu and Kashmir so that the people of the territory could exercise their right to decide their future by themselves.

The JKPM leader while interacting with Kashmiri refugees based in Dhudial, Azad Kashmir, said that the men in police uniforms go to the villages in Jammu region to harass the locals. He added that Delhi had started bringing Hindus from India to settle them in the occupied territory especially in Jammu to change the demography. »

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New Delhi, January 19 (KMS): Kannan Gopinathan, a former Indian Administrative Service [IAS] officer from Kerala, was detained by city police soon after he arrived at the airport in Prayagraj, officials said on Sunday.

Mr Gopinathan had arrived in Prayagraj from Delhi on Saturday to address a two-hour symposium organised by the All India People’s Forum on the issue of ‘Nagrikta Bachao, Samvidhan Bachao, Loktantra Bachao’ (save citizenship, save constitution and save democracy).

The former IAS office posted about his detention at the airport in a series of tweets. “As soon as I came out of the flight and was going towards exit, around ten policemen approached me, asked my identity and when I told them my name, they escorted me to some VIP lounge and thereafter to some security room”, the former IAS officer said. »

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Hyderabad, January 19 (KMS): Hundreds of Kashmiri students gathered outside the University of Hyderabad, India, to protest against state repression and continued lockdown in occupied Kashmir.

Jammu and Kashmir Students Association (JKSA) members used poetry and revolutionary slogans to register their protest during their sit-in. JKSA President Hadif Nisar said the protest was about the many injustices that have been unleashed upon Kashmiris by successive Indian governments.

He said, “The only difference is that the Congress was doing it quietly while the BJP is very open about it.” He highlighted the continued internet ban in Kashmir and said that people elsewhere in India can’t imagine life without internet even for five days. JKSA member Aakriti Suresh, a Kashmiri Pandit (KP) student, highlighted the problems faced by her community. She said the role the government had played in communalising the Kashmir issue cannot be ignored. »

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Srinagar, January 19 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Kashmir Valley and parts of Jammu region continued to face military lockdown and internet blackout on the 168th running day, today.

The so-called announcement of the authorities regarding restoration of Internet service and setting up of broadband kiosks has proven to be hoax as India Today while citing the IOK administration confirmed that the internet continues to remain suspended in, at least, eight districts of the Kashmir valley alone.

“The mobile internet connectivity shall, however, remain suspended in the districts of Srinagar, Budgam, Ganderbal, Baramulla, Anantnag (Islamabad), Kulgam, Shopian and Pulwama,” the newspaper said quoting the notification issued by Shaleen Kabra, Principal Secretary in the administration. »

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