Islamabad, Jan 25 (KMS): Senior counsel Mohammad Akram Sheikh suggested to the federal government to refer to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) the matter of violation of human rights and lockdown of eight million Kashmiri people by Indian forces in occupied Kashmir in the wake of the top UN court’s landmark verdict against the Myanmar government in a case related to Rohingya Muslims’ genocide.
In a statement issued from The Hague, Netherlands, Advocate Sheikh asked the government to request the ICJ to examine atrocities being committed by the Indian government and its security forces in its advisory jurisdiction and consider whether Article 2 of the “Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples (General Assembly resolution 1514 (XV)), known also as the Declaration on Decolonisation, stands achieved. »

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Islamabad, Jan 25 (KMS): Prime Minister Imran Khan has called upon Pakistanis living in the country and abroad to take to the streets on February 5, Kashmir Day, in support of the people of Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK), who have been living under a complete lockdown since August 5 when New Delhi revoked the valley’s semi-autonomous status.
He made the appeal a day after Foreign Minster Shah Mahmood Qureshi announced a vigorous campaign to effectively highlight the Kashmir cause.
“I want Pakistanis at home and abroad to come out on 5th Feb in support of the 8 million Kashmiris who have been besieged by 900k Indian soldiers for almost 6 months by the fascist racist Modi regime,” the premier tweeted on Friday. »

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Davos, Jan 25 (KMS): Billionaire philanthropist George Soros has called out the actions of the Narendra Modi-led government as the “biggest and most frightening setback” to the survival of open societies worldwide, specifically mentioning the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and the shutdown of Kashmir.
Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Mr. Soros said that the rise of nationalism across the globe was the great enemy of open society. »

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Davos, Jan 25 (KMS): Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday again warned the world of the danger of an allout war in Indian-Occupied Jammu and Kashmir region.
In an interview with the BBC on Friday, he said, “If something goes wrong, it will have implications far beyond the subcontinent. India is going the wrong way and it is my duty to inform a forum that was set up after World War II to prevent a war from happening anywhere. Elsewhere, there is no danger of war like in Kashmir.” Imran Khan said that this is not just about Kashmir but around 20 million Muslims are in danger of being declared illegal due to two laws of the Citizenship and Registration Act in India. The prime minister said that India has violated the UN resolutions and the Shimla Agreement, adding that over 8 million innocent Kashmiris were under siege since August 5. »

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World urged to take cognizance of IOK situation

Srinagar, January 24 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani, and senior APHC leader, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, have asked the Kashmiris across the world to observe Indian Republic Day on the 26th January as Black Day.

Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar said, democracy means respecting the aspirations and opinion of the people but India has always suppressed the just democratic voice of the Kashmiri people through oppression in the name of democracy and has kept them under military occupation for the last over 72 years. He strongly denounced the lockdown imposed by India in occupied Kashmir for the last over 173 days. He also said that the massacres carried out by Indian troops in Gaw Kadal, Handwara, Sopore, Kupwara and Ganderbal areas during the month of January in 1990s were a blot on India’s democratic face. »

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Srinagar, January 24 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani has appealed to the Kashmiris living all over the world to observe Indian Republic Day, the January 26, as Black Day.

Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar said democracy is the name of respecting the aspirations and opinion of people but the fact is India, in the garb of so-called democracy, has always suppressed the Kashmiris’ aspirations and has kept them under illegal military occupation for the last over 72 years.

Rejecting the continued military siege and curbs on media in the occupied territory on 173rd consecutive day, today, the APHC Chairman strongly condemned it. He said that the massacre carried out by the Indian troops in the months of January in 1990s exposed the real face of Indian democracy. »

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Srinagar, January 24 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, senior Hurriyat leader, Professor Abdul Ghani Butt, has said that India is going to celebrate its Republic Day on 26th January but it has deprived the Kashmiris of their inalienable right to self-determination and is grossly violating their basic rights.

Professor Abdul Ghani Butt in a statement issued in Srinagar said that Kashmir was an internationally recognized dispute and the situation in the south Asian region was deteriorating by the delay in the fulfillment of the promise made by the Indian leaders of giving the Kashmiris their birthright to self-determination. »

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Islamabad, January 24 (KMS): The President of London-based Jammu and Kashmir Council for Human Rights (JKCHR), Dr Syed Nazir Gilani, currently on a visit of Pakistan and Azad Kashmir, has welcomed the interest shown by France in the prevailing situation in occupied Kashmir.

Dr Syed Nazir Gilani in a statement in Islamabad, commenting on remarks made by Ambassador of France, Mr Marc Baréty, published in a section of press in Pakistan, said that the remarks were far remote from the continued position taken by France at the UN Security Council, during debates on Kashmir question.

The JKCHR President said that Kashmir was not a bilateral territorial dispute as stated by the ambassador. It is contrary to the statement made by France at the 539th meeting of the UN Security Council held on 30th March 1951. He referred to the French position, which stated, “Resolutions of 13th August 1948 and 5th January 1949, to which we must always return because they won the express agreement of both India and Pakistan. If the parties are unable to reach agreement on the plan submitted to them, provision is made for arbitration, and, to make assurance doubly sure, arbitration is to be carried out by an arbitrator or panel of arbitrators appointed not by a political body but by the President of the International Court of Justice.” »

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Islamabad, January 24 (KMS): APHC-AJK leader and the Convener of Azad Jammu and Kashmir chapter of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat, Ghulam Muhammad Safi, has called upon the Kashmiris to mark the January 26, India’s Republic Day, as Black Day to convey the message to the world that India’s claims of being a democratic country are farce.

Ghulam Muhammad Safi in a statement issued in Islamabad said, it has been over 72 years since India illegally occupied the Jammu and Kashmir. He said that Indian troops had killed lacs of Kashmiris to perpetuate its illegal hold over the territory. »

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Srinagar, January 24 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the visiting Indian ministers in their outreach programme received a cold response from the people of of the territory.

Five Indian ministers have been visiting different parts of the Kashmir Valley during the past few days as part of the Narendra Modi government’s mission Kashmir to reach out to the Kashmiri people to garner support for his recent anti-Kashmir moves. The ministers could not draw crowds as repeal of Kashmir’s special status and its division into two union territories weighed heavy on the minds of the masses.

“We were verbally told by the local administration last week to meet the ministers for addressing local issues, but we do not want to meet them,” said a resident of Baramulla. “It is better to keep a distance from them under present circumstances,” he added. »

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