Srinagar, January 23 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Youth Forum has urged the US President, Donald Trump, to put pressure on India to resolve the Kashmir dispute for ensuring durable peace in the region.

The Jammu and Kashmir Youth Forum spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the Indian authorities had tightened the so-called security across the occupied territory ahead of India’s Republic Day, the 26th January, causing huge inconvenience to the people.

He appealed to the people of the occupied territory to observe India’s Republic Day as Black Day to convey the message to the world that they reject India’s illegal occupation of their soil. »

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‘India’s actions in Kashmir sparked international outrage’

Washington, January 23 (KMS): Washington-based US Congress’s think tank – Congressional Research Service (CRS) – has released a report titled “Kashmir: Background, Recent Developments, and US Policy”.

The report provides background of the Kashmir dispute, reviews several key developments in 2019, and closes with a summary of US policy and possible questions for the Congress.

Summarizing the recent development in occupied Kashmir, the report states that India’s action of abrogating Article 370 and Article 35A of the Indian Constitution sparked international outrage as unilateral changing of Kashmir’s status could harm regional stability. “US and international forums expressed concerns about further escalation between South Asia’s two nuclear-armed powers Pakistan and India which nearly came to war after a February 2019 Kashmir crisis,” it says. »

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Islamabad, Jan 23 (KMS): Chairman Kashmir Committee Syed Fakhar Imam has said that Prime Minister Imran Khan has presented Kashmir issue effectively before the world.
Talking to PTV, he said the Prime Minister, during his meeting with US President Donald Trump, had discussed main issues of the region including Kashmir and Afghanistan.
The Chairman said India is doing propaganda that Pakistan has been an epicenter of terrorists but after August 5, the true face of India has been exposed before the world.

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Islamabad, Jan 23 (KMS): Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has emphasized the importance of maximum restraint and steps for de-escalation by all sides in the Middle East.
Talking to British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab in a telephonic conversation, he said situation in Gulf region carries serious implications for the peace and security as well as world economy.
He also apprised British Foreign Secretary about evolving security situation of the region and shared Pakistan’s concerns with regard to the latest developments in the Middle East. »

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Davos (Switzerland), Jan 23 (KMS):Prime Minister Imran Khan has thanked President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev on his country’s support as a member of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir.
Imran Khan expressed these views in his meeting with President Aliyev on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting at Davos, Switzerland.
“The two leaders discussed the whole spectrum of bilateral relations that are marked by mutual trust and support,” the statement mentioned.
The Prime Minister updated President Aliyev on the grave and systematic human rights violations in the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir as well as the devastating impact of the Indian Government’s unilateral and illegal actions of August 5, 2019. »

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New Delhi, Jan 23 (KMS): The Economist, a United Kingdom-based newspaper, released its annual ‘Democracy Index’ that provides a snapshot of the state of democracy in 165 independent states and two territories. And India’s democratic performance in 2019 leaves much to be desired.
“Elections took place in the biggest democracy in the world, India, over April-May 2019. However, the country dropped ten places in the Democracy Index’s global ranking to 51st. India’s overall score fell from 7.23 in 2018 to 6.9 in 2019,” the report said.
India’s 2019 score was also the lowest on record since The Economist began compiling figures on global democracy in 2006. »

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Srinagar, Jan 23 (KMS): Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday termed the visit of Indian ministers to occupied Kashmir “curated photo” opportunity to show there is normalcy in the region, even though there is “internet shutdown” in the valley.
“Normalcy acrobatics in full swing. Kashmir continues to reel under a crippling internet shutdown & political leaders remain detained. There is massive surveillance & heavy troop presence yet curated photo ops continue,” a tweet on Mehbooba Mufti’s Twitter handle reads. »

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London, Jan 23 (KMS): Pakistan’s Parliamentary Secretary for Law and Justice, Barrister Maleeka Bokhari, has said that Modi govt’s decision to revoke Article 370 in Indian occupied Kashmir is part of the Hindutva ideology which believes in extermination of all other ideologies and identities in India.
Barrister Maleeka Bokhari was addressing a press conference at Pakistan High Commission with Nafees Zakaria, Pakistan’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. Ms. Bokhari was in the UK to attend a seminar on Kashmir human rights situation in the House of Lords. The seminar was organized by Baroness Helena Kennedy QC to condemn Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir. »

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Lahore, Jan 23 (KMS): Punjab Minister for Law, Parliamentary Affairs and Social Welfare Raja Basharat has said in unity with the federal government on February 5, public rallies, seminars and other events would be held to express solidarity with Kashmiri brothers across the province.
He was chairing the Kashmir Committee Punjab meeting in the Punjab Assembly here. PML-N MPA Dr Mazhar, Secretary Information Raja Jehangir Anwar, Secretary Transport and other officers concerned attended the meeting. »

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