New Delhi, March 20 (KMS): The Kashmir diaspora in an open letter to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) chief, Dr.Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has sought his help in restoring high-speed internet in the Kashmir Valley amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

The letter — signed by 162 Kashmiri and non-Kashmiri scholars, medical as well as health care professionals and academics living abroad — urged the WHO to ask Indian government to immediately reinstate 4G services in the Valley. The territory went under complete internet shutdown in August, last year when India repealed its special status and divided it into two union territories. »

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Srinagar, March 20 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Hurriyat forum, led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, has urged the Indian authorities to immediately release all Kashmiri political detainees languishing in different jails on humanitarian grounds in wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

The Hurriyat forum in a statement issued in Srinagar said that crowded jails were most vulnerable in the spread of the virus among inmates which is a matter of grave concern. »

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Srinagar, March 20 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyat leaders have said that the Indian government will be responsible if anything untoward happened to the illegally detained Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik.

Muhammad Yasin Malik, who is lodged in New Delhi’s infamous Tihar Jail, has announced to go on hunger strike till death from 1st April 2020 against the authoritarian attitude of India.

The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Tehreek-e-Muzahamat, Bilal Siddiqi, in a statement issued in Srinagar denounced the charge-sheet framed against Muhammad Yasin Malik and other Hurriyat leaders by an Indian court in a thirty-year-old fake case. He said that the Indian government was using its judiciary as a tool to silence the resistance leaders and activists in occupied Kashmir. Instead of resorting to such kinds of colonial measures, India should honour its promises and pledges to allow the people of Jammu and Kashmir to decide their political future by themselves. »

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Jammu, March 20 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) today presented challan against eight Kashmiris in a false case on the charges of killing of RSS leader Chanderkant Sharma and his Personel Security Officer, Rajinder Kumar, in Kishtwar.

The challan was produced against Osama Bin Javed, Haroon Abbas Wani, Zahir Hussain, Nishad Ahmed Butt, Nishar Ahmed Sheikh, Azad Hussain Bagwan, Rustam Ali and others. »

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Srinagar, March 20 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the family members of illegally detained Chairman of Islami Tanzeem-e-Azadi, Abdul Samad Inqilabi, have demanded his immediate release as he is unwell in jail.

Abdul Samad Inqilabi’s brother in a statement issued in Srinagar said that few days ago the Islami Tanzeem-e-Azadi Chairman was shifted to police hospital but doctors there advised to shift him at Saddar Hospital in Srinagar.

As per the family, Abdul Samad Inqilabi was not provided proper medical facilities, his health could deteriorate further. »

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New Delhi, March 20 (KMS): Congress Member of Indian Parliament, Manish Tewari, has said that the BJP government’s decision to abrogate Article 370 and divide Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories will have long-term consequences and called upon the government to listen to the voice of Kashmiri people.

Manish Tewari initiating the debate on supplementary demands for grants for occupied Kashmir from April 1, 2019 to Oct 30, 2019 said that the decision of the government had been taken due to “narrow politics” and “the country will have to bear long-term consequences”. He said that this decision was implemented by deploying additional 40,000 para-military forces’ personnel, detention of 5,161 people and imposition of the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA) on 609 people. »

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India orders implementation of 37 central acts in IOK

New Delhi, March 20 (KMS): In a bid to totally annex occupied Jammu and Kashmir with India, the Modi government has ordered implementation of 37 Central Laws in the territory.

The order issued by the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs (Department of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh Affairs), has been notified in the Gazette of India along with a schedule mentioning all 37 central Acts.

Issued after the nod of the Indian Cabinet, the order will allow 37 central laws in the Concurrent List to be implemented in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. Indian Cabinet had given a nod to implement these laws in occupied Kashmir on February 26, this year. »

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Srinagar, March 20 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Social Peace Forum has remembered the members of Sikh community who were massacred by Indian troops in Chittisinghpura on this day in 2000.

Thirty-five members of Sikh community were killed in disguise by Indian troops in Chittisinghpura area of Islamabad district on March 20 in 2000 on the eve of the then US President, Bill Clinton’s visit to India. »

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Islamabad, March 20 (KMS): Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Aisha Farooqui condemned the inhuman and brutal repression of the people of Indian occupied Kashmir by the security forces amid outbreak of coronavirus.

Addressing the weekly press briefing at the Foreign Office on Thursday, the spokesperson said that, as Indian Occupied Kashmir saw its 228th day of the lockdown, the people of Kashmir continue to be deprived of their fundamental freedoms; their right to liberty, health, education and food. »

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Srinagar, March 20 (KMS): Kashmir has been put under virtual lockdown as authorities scrambled through the previous night to come up with a strategy to contain the spread of coronavirus in the Valley, a day after a woman with travel history to Saudi Arabia tested positive for the disease.
Public transport in Srinagar city, the summer capital of the Indian occupied Kashmir, was ordered off the roads, while markets were shut on orders of the authorities.
The steps were taken hours after a 67-year-old woman from Khanyar, who had returned on March 16 from Saudi Arabia after performing Umrah, tested positive for COVID-19, officials said here. »

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