London, January 29 (KMS): Richard Corbett and Anthea Mcintyre, Members of European Parliament and Co-Chairs of the Friends of Kashmir wrote a letter to the chairs of the European Parliamentary Committees on Foreign Affairs and Human Rights, Mr McAllister MEP, and Ms Arena MEP, and apprised them of the prevailing grim situation in occupied Kashmir.

Richard Corbett and Anthea Mcintyre in the letter wrote that it is primarily up to these committees to ensure that the EU Parliament does not ignore the situation in Kashmir as people there are still awaiting the implementation of numerous UN Security Council resolutions that offer the right to self-determination and to decide their own future through a referendum. »

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Srinagar, January 29 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Muslim League (JKML) has said that Kashmir is an internationally-recognised disputed territory whose political future is yet to be decided by its people.

The JKML at a meeting in Srinagar presided over by its Acting Chairman, Farooq Ahmed Tawhidi, discussed the current situation in occupied Kashmir, Pak-India relations and the developments taking place at the global level. »

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New Delhi, January 29 (KMS): As concerns over India’s new Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) increase, Luxembourg, a European Union member, has asked New Delhi to “do everything” to not increase stateless people.

This was conveyed by visiting Luxembourg Foreign Minister, Jean Asselborn, during talks with his Indian counterpart, S Jaishankar.

“What I said to the minister (Jaishankar) is ‘do everything you can do to not increase stateless people’. That is something that we have to fight against. Rest concerns India,” Asselborn said during an interactive session at India International Centre in New Delhi. »

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Life remains badly hit in valley due to continued lockdown

Srinagar, January 29 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA), an amalgam of several traders’ bodies, has decried shortage of essential commodities due to frequent closure of the Srinagar-Jammu highway.

The residents of the Kashmir Valley have been facing an acute shortage of the daily necessities including food items, petrol, LPG and life-saving medicines since August 5, last year, when Indian government repealed the special status of occupied Kashmir and placed it due under strict military lockdown. The frequent closure of the Srinagar-Jammu highway, the only surface link of the Valley with the rest of the world, due to rains and snowfall has added to the miseries of the people. »

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Mirpur, Jan 29 (KMS): Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) President Sardar Masood Khan has urged students to reach out to their peers around the world and apprise them of India’s brutalities in Occupied Kashmir.
“Our soul, body and identity will remain incomplete until and unless Occupied Kashmir attains freedom and becomes our part,” he said while addressing the 5th convocation of Mirpur University of Science and Technology (MUST) on Tuesday.
Touching on the quest to freedom of previous generations, the AJK president said that it is the responsibility of today’s youth to struggle for the progress and prosperity of the region. “The youth should also fight for the liberation of a vast part of the state which is still under the unlawful occupation of the enemy.” »

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Rawalpindi, Jan 29 (KMS): Chairperson Peace and Cultural Organisation Mushaal Malick said that Indian forces have failed to suppress the freedom struggle of Kashmiri people despite inhuman atrocities.
The patience of the Kashmiri people have exposed true face of India before the whole world and that day is not for away when the Kashmiri people will win their right to the self determination, she said.
Mushaal Malick said this while inaugurating a photo exhibition organised in connection with Kashmir Solidarity Day at the Punjab Arts Council Rawalpindi here on Tuesday. »

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Lahore, Jan 29 (KMS): Punjab Governor Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar has written a letter to 751 members of the European Parliament (EU), including its vice-president, regarding Indian atrocities on Kashmiris and controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Act against the Muslims of India.
He has also mentioned the violations of seven conventions of United Nations and other international organisations by India. The governor in the letter also demanded of the European Parliament to play its role by approving a resolution against India on January 30, 2020.Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar said that despite war hysteria by India, Pakistan under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan was advocating for peace. »

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Islamabad, Jan 29 (KMS): A photo exhibition depicting the brutalities faced by the people of Indian occupied Kashmir at the hands of Indian forces was displayed here at national art gallery of PNCA.In the wake of marking Kashmir Solidarity Day on February 5, Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) Tuesday arranged the exhibition to unveil the inhumane action and brutality of Indian forces in held Kashmir.

The exhibition was aimed at portraying unanimity with the Kashmiri people and highlight the miseries and catastrophic life being lived by Kashmiris under the communication blackout that has been imposed by Indian fascist government since August last year.It also intended to mobilize the international community to play its due role to provide future to the Kashmiri people. »

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Srinagar, January 29 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the abrogation of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution by the Modi-led government on August 5, 2019, has affected the tourism sector in the territory

A website Indiaspend in a report quoting the estimate of Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) said that since August 5, 2019, a total of 144,500 people had lost their jobs in Kashmir’s tourism and handicrafts sector – mostly dependent on earnings from travelers. The overall job loss in the commercial space stood at 496,000, it added.

The website, which has analyzed the data from the tourism department, in its report said that tourist arrivals in occupied Kashmir fell after the India’s move, which came with a heavy troop deployment and communication clampdown. »

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Srinagar, January 29 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Kashmir Press Club (KPC) has condemned the continued denial of internet services to media organizations and working journalists in the Kashmir Valley and asked the Indian government to restore them immediately.

The issue was discussed at a meeting of the KPC’s office-bearers and special invitees.

A statement issued after the meeting said that the internet ban had been in place for 25 weeks, as a result of which media institutions and their personnel have been put to great difficulty. It said that the Indian government’s refusal to restore internet services to media organizations and journalists was being seen as a deliberate attempt to stifle the press in the territory. »

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