2020 March 30 » Kashmir Media Service

Martyrs Ashfaq, Guru & others remembered

Islamabad, March 30 (KMS): The Amnesty International while reacting to the use of brutal force by India on people during the lockdown against coronavirus has said that Indian state machinery has become a larger threat than the COVID-19 pandemic.

Amnesty International India Executive Director Avinash Kumar in a statement in New Delhi called upon the Indian government to ensure that ‘insensitivity and brute force be replaced by people-friendly measures in battling the pandemic.’

The Human Rights Watch South Asia Director Meenakshi Ganguly also said that the Indian government’s responsibility to protect its people from the outbreak should not come at the cost of human rights violations. She said that police actions had resulted in abuses against people in need. »

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Srinagar, March 30 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference Chairman, Shabbir Ahmed Dar, Tehreek Muzahamat Chairman Bilal Ahmed Siddiqui, acting Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Abdul Hameed Butt and other Hurriyat leaders and organizations have paid glowing tributes to Ashfaq Majid Wani, Dr Abdul Ahad Guru, Shabbir Ahmad Siddiqui and Jaleel Ahmed Andrabi on their martyrdom anniversaries.

Shabbir Ahmad Dar in a statement issued in Srinagar said, these Kashmiri martyrs were great sons of soil who sacrificed their lives for the freedom of Jammu and Kashmir from Indian subjugation. He said these great martyrs always advocated the just settlement of the Kashmir dispute and never hesitated in calling a spade a spade. “Ashfaq Majeed Wani was a born freedom fighter with leadership qualities, who always led from the front,” he said. »

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Srinagar 29 March (KMS): While the prisoners are being released worldwide to protect them from the rising cases of coronavirus, the Indian authorities in occupied Kashmir arrested 627 people in the name of preventive measures.

Director-General of Police Dilbagh Singh in a statement issued in Srinagar confirmed that the police had so far arrested 627 people while cases were registered against 373 people. He said more than 100 shops were sealed while 490 vehicles were taken into custody for violation of the lockdown. »

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Jammu, March 30 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir People’s Movement has urged the United Nations and the international community to secure the release of Hurriyat leaders and activists in view of the outbreak of coronavirus.

APHC leader and JKPM Chairman Mir Shahid Saleem in a statement in Jammu said that the Kashmiri people were extremely concerned about the hundreds of innocent prisoners, especially the aged and ailing ones, languishing in Indian jails.

The JKPM chairman demanded an immediate release of thousands of prisoners who are either in custody or booked under baseless charges. He said several detained leaders are suffering from some serious ailments, like diabetes and high blood pressure. He said instead of releasing them the authorities are keeping them in the overcrowded jails, exposing them to the serious health threats. Mir Shahid Saleem warned that if anything untoward happened to any of the detainees, the authorities would be responsible for it. »

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Islamabad, March 30 (KMS):Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi in his recent letter to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has demanded its role in resolving the Jammu and Kashmir dispute and ensure giving right of self-determination to Kashmiris under relevant resolutions.

In line with the government’s efforts to continuously highlight the dire human rights and humanitarian situation in the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJ&K), the foreign minister addressed another letter to the President of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and the United Nations Secretary General (UNSG) on March 9, drawing attention to developments in IOJ&K as well as belligerent Indian rhetoric and aggressive actions on the ground. »

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Srinagar, March 30 (KMS):  In occupied Kashmir, seven more COVID positive cases were detected on Monday, taking the tally of total cases to 58. »

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New Delhi, March 30 (KMS): The Amnesty International and the Human Rights Watch (HRW) have called upon India to act with restrain during the lockdown against coronavirus saying that the state machinery has become a larger threat than the COVID-19 pandemic.

The lockdown has left millions stranded, struggling to search for food and water, Amnesty International India (AII) Executive Director Avinash Kumar said in a statement. »

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Srinagar, March 30 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir,  Indian authorities have revoked draconian Public Safety Act (PSA) against 31 people, who were arrested in August, last year, and released them from jailsl in Jammu and Srinagar.

These persons were lodged in jails of Jammu and Srinagar. Earlier this month, the authorities had revoked PSA of former puppet Chief Minister Dr Farooq Abdullah on March 13 and his son and former puppet Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on March 24. Both these leaders were released from the custody. »

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Islamabad, 30 (KMS): Pakistan has expressed deep concern over continued restrictions in the Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir, despite so many confirmed cases and two deaths due to COVID-19.

The Pakistani Foreign Office in a statement said, thousands of Kashmiri youth, members of civil society, journalists and Kashmiri leaders remain incarcerated in Indian prisons, many of them at undisclosed locations and away from their families. The Indian forces continue to operate in the occupied territory with complete impunity under draconian laws such as Public Safety Act (PSA) and Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA). »

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Dr. Syed Nazir Gilani

Those who opposes the Indian rule in Kashmir, have to reposition in their efforts to seek the realisation of self-determination through a UN supervised Plebiscite. The parties that have identified themselves, in rejecting the Indian action of 31 October 2019 are mainstream pro India parties, Hurriyat, non Hurriyat, Governments of Azad Kashmir and Gilgit and Baltistan, Government of Pakistan and the United Nations.

Seven pro India political parties came up with Gupkar Declaration on 4 August 2019, Hurriyat Conference has a constitution adopted on 31 July 1993, Azad Kashmir Government has its Constitution committing itself to a duty under UNCIP Resolutions and Government of Pakistan has assumed duties under UNCIP resolutions in AJK and has the UN template on the conduct of a UN supervised vote and the people of Jammu and Kashmir, have a title to ‘equality’ and right of ‘self-determination.’ India stands as a lone wolf and a leper in the eyes of law. »

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