Srinagar, April 02 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the people belonging to all walks of life have vowed to resist India’s plans to change the demographic composition of the territory.

The Kashmiri people rejected New Delhi’s new domicile law in occupied Kashmir saying that the move was meant to convert the Muslim majority in the territory into minority thus affecting the results of a plebiscite held in Jammu and Kashmir at any point of time in future. »

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Srinagar, April 02 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyat leaders and organisations including All Parties Hurriyat Conference Chairman Syed Ali Gilani and Hurriyat forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq have strongly condemned the new domicile law introduced by India in Kashmir to change the demographic composition of the territory.

The new law allows Indian citizens to permanently settle in occupied Kashmir after fulfilling nominal requirements. Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar, today, said that at a time when the spread of coronavirus has reached catastrophic proportions and governments across the world are focusing all their attention to save the lives of their citizens, India is unabashedly using the situation to fulfill its political agenda in Kashmir. The Hurriyat forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said that the process to change the demographic character of occupied Kashmir started in August 2019 was being systematically carried forward and the recent domicile order was part of that plan.

Other leaders and organizations including Bilal Ahmed Sidiqui, Ghulam Muhammad Khan Sopori, Yasmeen Raja, Abdul Hameed Butt, Khawaja Firdous, Javed Mir, Tehreek-e-Wahdat-e-Islami, Pairwan-e-Wilayet, Ummat-e-Islami,Islami Tanzeem-e-Azadi, various Sikh bodies, Syed Abdullah Gilani, Syed Faiz Naqshbandi, Muhammad Farooq Rehmani, Abdul Majeed Mir, Altaf Ahmed Butt, Shamim Shawl and Tehreek-e-Istaqlal in their statements said the move is aimed at changing the demography of the territory. They termed the new domicile law as a bigger adversity for the Kashmiris than coronavirus. However, the leaders maintained that the people of Kashmir would strongly resist the move. »

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Islamabad, April 02 (KMS): Pakistan on Thursday condemned and rejected the introduction of “Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Order 2020” which it termed as an attempt to illegally change the demographic structure of occupied Kashmir.

The Foreign Office, in a press release, said that the order was another illegal step by India to settle non-Kashmiris in the occupied territory by changing the domicile laws.

“This is a clear violation of international law, including the 4th Geneva Convention,” said the FO spokesperson. The official added that the Indian action was a continuation of India’s illegal and unilateral steps since August 5, 2019. »

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Srinagar, April 02 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, a 28-year-old youth was killed after fired by unknown gunmen in Larkipora area of Fatehpora in Islamabad district.

A police officer said that the youth namely Mohammad Saleem Dar, 28, son of Mohammad Abdullah Dar, a resident of Larkipora, Fatehpora was attacked, this evening. He received four bullet wounds and was taken to Government Medical College (GMC) Islamabad district. »

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Srinagar, April 02 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Youth Social Forum (JKYSF) has demanded unconditional release of all illegally detained Hurriyat leaders and activists languishing in different jails of India and the occupied territory.

According to Kashmir Media Service, the JKYSF General Secretary, Advocate Aasif Baba, in a statement in Srinagar said that Kashmir was a disputed territory and all detainees related to the dispute were political prisoners and could not be detained for whole life or treated like criminals. He said that the political prisoners were periodically released in all the disputed regions of the world but the Indian authorities did not pay any heed to the international principles. »

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Srinagar, April 02 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyat leaders and organisations including the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani and Hurriyat forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq have strongly condemned the new domicile law introduced by India in Kashmir to change the demographic composition of the territory.

The new law allows Indian citizens to permanently settle in occupied Kashmir if they have worked in the territory for 15 years or studied there for seven years. Children of federal government employees will also get domicile certificates if their parents have lived in Kashmir for 10 years.

APHC Chairman Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar, today, said that at a time when the spread of coronavirus has reached catastrophic proportions and governments across the world are focusing all their attention to save the lives of their citizens, India is unabashedly using the situation to fulfill its political agenda in Kashmir. He said that amid the ongoing complete lockdown that was ostensibly announced to enforce the social distancing, India has introduced a new domicile law for Jammu and Kashmir. »

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Srinagar, April 02 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Islamic Political Party, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, has appointed his new representative for Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and Pakistan.

Abdul Hameed Lone has been replaced with Syed Mushtaq Hussain. Mr Mushtaq has been associated with the Kashmir freedom movement for the last thirty years.

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Islamabad, April 02 (KMS): APHC-AJK leader and the Vice President of Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party, Mehmood Ahmed Saghar, has urged India to release all Kashmiri prisoners lodged in different jails in and outside occupied Kashmir, without any further delay, in the wake of coronavirus pandemic.

Mehmood Ahmed Saghar in a statement issued in Islamabad said, “During a pandemic, when people around the world are isolated and social distancing is considered as the only way to control the COVID-19 spread, it’s high time that India should release under-trials particularly Kashmiri prisoners who have been arrested after 5th August 2019 and held in far-flung jails of India.” »

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Jammu, April 02 (KMS): Denied passage through the Jawahar Tunnel to their homes in Jammu, a group of migrants working in Indian occupied Kashmir took a perilous detour through the snow-clad higher reaches of the Pir Panjal range — a decision that proved fatal for three of them, and left another seriously injured.
While three people from the group, who had left the Valley after restrictions were clamped down due to outbreak of COVID-19, made it home safely on Tuesday night, Zubair Ahmed (18), Riyaz Ahmed (19), Ghulam Mohi-ud-Din (30) and Parvaiz Ahmed got stuck at Nagimandu, nearly 5 km from Duligam. »

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Srinagar, April 02 (KMS): The Indian government has announced a new set of laws for Indian occupied Kashmir, including domicile rights for Indian citizens, that experts and residents fear will alter the demographic status of the Muslim-majority Himalayan region.

Under the new law, those who have resided for a period of 15 years in the Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) or studied for a period of seven years and appeared in Class 10/12 examinations in educational institutions located in the region are now eligible to become permanent residents. The announcement came nearly eight months after the Indian government stripped the disputed region of its limited autonomy that had protected the region for decades from demographic changes. »

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