Troops martyr nine Kashmiris in March

Srinagar, April 01 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Indian authorities, in a major development, took a big step last night towards changing the demography of the territory by notifying new domicile rules.

A notification in this regard said that a person who has resided in J&K for a period of 15 years or has studied for a period of seven years shall be deemed to be the domicile of the territory. The domicile would also be given to the children of Indian government officials who have served in the territory for ten years. The new law will provide Indians legal justification to settle in the disputed territory.

Hurriyat leaders and organizations including Shabbir Ahmad Dar, Mir Shahid Saleem, Farooq Ahmad Tawheedi, Nisar Rather, Narender Singh Khalsa, Jammu and Kashmir Youth Social Forum, Jammu and Kashmir United Peace Movement, Professor Nazir Ahmed Shawl, Barrister Abdul Majeed Tramboo and Sikh organizations strongly condemned the notification. The leaders maintained that India was hell-bent upon snatching everything from the people of Jammu and Kashmir including their identity, land and natural resources. They termed the Indian move as a violation of the UN Security Council resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir, which clearly state that the future status of Jammu and Kashmir would be determined in accordance with the will of the Kashmir people. The leaders urged the United Nations, European Union and OIC to intervene and save people of Kashmir from BJP-RSS led Hindutva terrorism. »

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Srinagar, April 01 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyat leaders and organizations have strongly condemned the issuance of notification by India, which is aimed at granting permanent citizenship to non-locals saying the move speaks volumes about the motives of Hindutva forces to start a demographic change and liquidate the Kashmir’s Muslim identity.

The leaders including Shabbir Ahmad Dar, Mir Shahid Saleem, Farooq Ahmad Tawheedi, Nisar Rather, Yasmeen Raja, Jammu and Kashmir United Peace Movement, Narender Singh Khalsa, Jammu and Kashmir Youth Social Forum, Professor Nazir Ahmed Shawl, Barrister Abdul Majeed Tramboo and Sikh organizations in their separate statements while rejecting the notification said India was hell-bent upon snatching everything from the people of Jammu and Kashmir —from land to its natural resources. “After taking away our political, democratic and social rights they are now depriving us of our jobs and well being,” they said.

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Srinagar, April 01 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, in a major development, the Indian government has scrapped a legal provision providing rent-free accommodation and other facilities to former chief ministers of the territory.

New Delhi has repealed Section 3-C of the State Legislature Members’ Pension Act, 1984 under which former chief minister of occupied Kashmir were entitled to different privileges and perks.

As per a media report, under the law, former CMs were entitled to rent-free furnished accommodation, expenditure to the limit of Rs 35,000 per annum for furnishing of the residential accommodation, free telephone calls up to the value of Rs 48,000 per annum, free electricity to the extent of Rs 1500 per month, car, petrol, medical facilities, driver etc. They were also entitled to one personnel assistant, one special assistant and two peons. »

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Srinagar, April 01 (KMS): Exploiting the situation arising from the spread of coronavirus in the world, India took another step to further erode the Muslim majority status of occupied Kashmir by notifying an order to pave the way for Indian citizens to get permanent resident status as well as jobs in the territory.

Now ‘domicile’ has been defined in an order which has been notified by the Indian government as the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Adaptation of State Laws) Order, 2020, as that “who has resided for a period of fifteen years in the UT of J&K or has studied for a period of seven years and appeared in class 10th/12th examination in an educational institution located in the UT of J&K.” The order has come into force with immediate effect.

The definition expands to include “children of those central [Indian] government officials, all India services officers, officials of PSUs and autonomous body of central [Indian] government, public sector banks, officials of statutory bodies, officials of central universities and recognised research institutes of central government who have served in Jammu and Kashmir for a total period of ten years or children od parents who fulfill any of the conditions in sections.” »

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New York, April 01 (KMS): A prominent US-based international human rights watchdog, Human Rights Watch (HRW), has called upon India to lift internet restrictions in occupied Jammu and Kashmir saying intentionally shutting down or restricting access to the internet violates multiple rights and can be deadly during a health crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

The HRW in a statement issued in New York said during a health crisis, access to timely and accurate information is crucial as people use the internet for updates on health measures, movement restrictions, and relevant news to protect themselves and others. »

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Jammu, April 01 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, many people ‘quarantined’ at Government Degree College Surankote in Poonch district of Jammu region have complained of shortage of basic facilities.

The quarantined people told media that no official had met them yet. “Many among us sleep on floor, and there is also shortage of blankets. Overall, we are not being treated as humans here,” they said.

Those in isolation in the college building are mostly laborers who had returned from other places. »

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Srinagar, April 01 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their continued acts of state terrorism martyred nine (9) Kashmiris during the last month of March.

According to the data issued by the Research Section of Kashmir Media Service, one woman was rendered widowed due to the killing of her husband by the troops.

During the period, at least seven (7) people were injured in the use of brute force on peaceful protesters by Indian police and troops.

Indian police and paramilitary personnel arrested eight hundred and six (806) people including Hurriyat activists and youth during three hundred and ninety four (394) cordon and search operations in different areas of the territory. The troops also destroyed two (2) residential houses in the month.

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Srinagar, April 01 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Jammu and Kashmir Youth Social Forum Chairman, Umar Aadil Dar, and General Secretary, Asif Ahmed Baba, have paid glowing tributes to the martyrs of 2018 from South Kashmir.

Indian forces had massacred 13 youth and injured over 100 in a single day in Kachdora, Dragad and Dialgaam areas of Islamabad and Shopian districts on 1st of April in 2018.

On the martyrdom anniversaries of these youth, today, Umar Aadil Dar said, it was another bloodiest day when the people of Kashmir couldn’t stand anymore as silent spectators and came out without any fear to resist India’s illegal occupation. »

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Jammu, April 01 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, as the entire Kashmir Valley has already been experiencing shortage of essential commodities in the face of strict military lockdown after August 5, 2019, now the imposition of a curfew-like situation in the name of anti-corona drive is likely to create a famine-like scenario in the territory.

The situation has turned worse as Srinagar-Jammu highway continues to remain closed for the sixth consecutive day, today, due to massive landslides at Dalwas in Ramban area. »

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Srinagar, April 01 (KMS): People who entered Indian occupied Kashmir after March 1 have been warned to declare their travel history within two days or face legal action.
District magistrates in IOK have also asked people associated with members of the Tablighi group, the religious organisation to which a person who died of COVID-19 belonged, to give their details. »

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