Srinagar, March 27 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the High Court Bar Association (HCBA) has urged the authorities to immediately release all the Kashmiri detainees including its ailing president Mian Abdul Qayoom lodged in and outside the territory in the wake of the coronovirus outbreak.

The High Court Bar Association (HCBA) raised the demand during a meeting of its executive members held in Srinagar today through teleconferencing. The meeting reminded the authorities of the directions issued by the Indian Supreme Court, directing the authorities of all Indian states and occupied Kashmir to set up high-powered committees to consider the release of prisoners who have been convicted or are under trial for offences for which prescribed punishment is up to seven years or less in order to decongest prisons in view of COVID-19 pandemic. »

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Srinagar, March 27 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Anjuman Sharie Shian has demanded immediate release of all illegally detained Kashmiris including its President, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi, in view of coronavirus pandemic.

The Jammu and Kashmir Anjuman Sharie Shian’s Provincial President for Kashmir, Advocate Agha Syed Muntazir Mehdi, in a statement in Srinagar said when the whole world is rattled with deadly COVID-19 it becomes necessary to release the party President Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi, and Hurriyat forum Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who are under House arrest for past 7 months, and all other Kashmiri political prisoners lodged in different jails. »

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IOK authorities extend ban on 4G internet

Srinagar, March 27 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Muslim League, the High Court Bar Association, Jammu and Kashmir Anjuman Shari Shian and Jammu and Kashmir Social Youth Forum have demanded immediate release of all illegally detained Kashmiris lodged in different jails in the wake of the fast spreading coronavirus pandemic.

The JKML Acting Chairman, Farooq Ahmed Towheedi, in a statement issued in Srinagar said at a time when the coronavirus has affected several countries, causing killing of thousands of people across the world, the family members of the Kashmiri detainees were worried about their dear ones languishing in Indian jails hundreds and thousands miles away from their homes. He maintained that due to this pandemic, many countries including India have announced to release the detainees on humanitarian grounds and it is the right of Kashmiri prisoners to be set free. He called for immediate release of all illegally detained Kashmiri Hurriyat leaders and activists including party Chairman, Masarrat Aalam Butt, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, Aasiya Andrabi, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Altaf Ahmed Shah, Ayaz Muhammad Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Merajuddin Kalwal, Showkat Ahmed Bakhshi, Noor Muhammad Kalwal and Farooq Ahmed Dar. »

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Jammu, March 27 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) chief, Professor Bhim Singh, has demanded release of all those Kashmiri political activists detained under draconian law, Public Safety Act, on or after 5th August, 2019 without any delay.

Professor Bhim Singh in a statement issued in Jammu argued that Public Safety Act is no more a valid law since its source Article 35A was quashed by the Indian President on 5th August, 2019. He has already challenged the validity of Public Safety Act before the Supreme Court of India. The case is listed for hearing on 7th April 2020. »

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Islamabad, March 27 (KMS): The APHC-AJK chapter member and Vice Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Employees Movement, Imtiaz Wani, has said that India is hell bent upon suppressing the Kashmiris’ freedom movement through military might but will never succeed in its nefarious designs.

Imtiaz Wani in a statement issued in Islamabad said Kashmir is a political dispute that needs to be resolved politically. He said that killing and torturing innocent people, vandalizing properties, looting houses and shops, crackdowns, indiscriminate firing of pellet and bullet on peaceful protesters and other brutal acts by Indian troops had become order of the day in occupied Kashmir. »

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Srinagar, March 27 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Muslim League has expressed serious concern about the health and well-being of the illegally detained Kashmiris including Hurriyat leaders and activists lodged in different jails of the territory and India in the wake of coronavirus pandemic.

The JKML Acting Chairman, Farooq Ahmed Towheedi, in a statement issued in Srinagar said at a time when the coronavirus has affected several countries, causing killing of thousands of people across the world, the family members of the Kashmiri detainees were worried about their dear ones languishing in Indian jails hundreds and thousands miles away from their homes. He maintained that due to this pandemic, many countries including India have announced to release the detainees on humanitarian grounds and it is the right of Kashmiri prisoners to be set free. »

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Srinagar, March 27 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Social Youth Forum Chairman, Umar Aadil Dar, has reiterated the demand for release of all Kashmiri political prisoners languishing in different jails in the wake of coronavirus outbreak across the world.

Umar Aadil Dar in a statement issued in Srinagar said that hundreds of Kashmiris were languishing in jails across India for their political ideology and beliefs. “They are subjected to ill-treatment as policy of inflicting punishment upon them for their dissenting political views,” he said. »

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Srinagar, March 27 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, two siblings, an eight-year-old boy and seven-month baby, have tested positive for coronavirus, taking the number of cases in the territory to 27.

The siblings are grandchildren of an elderly person from Natipora area of Srinagar, who had returned from Saudi Arabia on March 16 after performing Umrah and tested positive for the virus on March 24.

After the man developed coronavirus-like symptoms, he was shifted to Chest Disease Hospital in Srinagar, where he tested positive. Fourteen of his family members, including wife, sons, daughter-in-law and grandchildren, were put under quarantine at Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial (JLNM) hospital. »

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Srinagar, March 27 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the authorities have further intensified curbs on the movement and assembly of people, including at religious places, in the name of measures to prevent spread of deadly coronavirus pandemic in the territory, adding to the woes of the already besieged residents.

In Srinagar, the administration closed all major shrines and Masajid including the shrines at Hazratbal and Dastgeer Sahab to stop people from offering congregational prayers there. »

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Srinagar, March 27 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the authorities have extended the ban imposed on 4G internet services across the territory till April 03 even as there has been a growing demand for restoration of the service in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

An order to this effect was issued by Principal Secretary, Home Department, Shaleen Kabra.

The order said that after taking note of the overall situation in the territory and the latest reports of the law enforcement agency, particularly with regard to speed related restrictions on mobile data services, the internet speed shall be restricted to 2G only up to April 03. It said that internet would not be available on prepaid mobile phone connections. »

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