Srinagar, April 15 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the forcible occupation of farmers’ land by Indian troops in Soibugh area of Badgam district prompted the locals to come out of their houses and stage protest against the Indian army’s brutal act.

The troops captured the land and set up an army camp in the area. Annoyed by the Indian army’s move, the locals defied restrictions and lockdown, came out of their houses and pelted stones on the troops. The troops fired bullets and teargas shells on the protesters. »

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Over 40,000 IOK labourers left high anddry in India

Srinagar, April 15 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference has said that the life of the illegally detained Kashmiri Hurriyat leaders is at a high risk due to the spread of COVID-19.

In a statement issued in Srinagar, an APHC spokesman said, the announcement of the occupation authorities of releasing the Kashmiri detainees is just an eye wash. He lamented that barring a few Hurriyat associates, thousands of Kashmiris including top Hurriyat leaders, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Masarrat Aalam But, Mian Abdul Qayoom, Dr Abdul Hameed Fayaz, Altaf Ahmad Fantosh, Ayaz Akbar, Pir Saifullah, Aasiya Andrabi, Fahmeeda Sofi, Nahida Nasreen and Nayeem Ahmad Khan, are still under illegal detention.

The APHC spokesman maintained that these incarcerated Hurriyat leaders are being deprived of basic human facilities as well as the medical care. He pointed out that they have been put in such conditions in jails that they can easily be infected by the coronavirus. »

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Srinagar, April 15 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of Islamic Political Party and Hurriyat leader, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, has expressed concern over the increase in miseries of Kashmiri people due to the continued lockdown for the past several months.

Muhammad Yousuf Naqash in a media interview in Srinagar, today, said the people of the territory are facing a shortage of daily commodities and medicine due to the ongoing lockdown, which has been further intensified due to the outbreak of coronavirus.

At a time, he added, when people imprisoned for committing serious crimes are being released worldwide in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, India has not released thousands of political activists from Kashmir, who are languishing in jails across India and in the occupied territory. He demanded immediate release of all Kashmiri prisoners to save them from the contagious virus. »

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Srinagar, April 15 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, apple growers and traders are forced to pay for cold storages but are earning nothing as all markets and transport are shut because of the lockdown imposed to prevent spread of coronavirus.

As many as one lakh tonnes of apple are lying in cold storages in Pulwama, Shopian, and other areas of occupied Kashmir.

The traders say that there was a huge demand for the apples but it all vanished overnight due to the lockdown. »

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Students facing difficulty to access study material online

Srinagar, April 15 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, students have said that they are finding it difficult to even access educational sites due to gag on high speed internet since August 5 last year, when India revoked the special status of the territory and placed it under military siege.

The students told media men that due to low speed internet they are facing difficulties in accessing study material online.

Yahya Butt, a 12th class student, said it takes three to four minutes to open one page of a site and access study material online has become a lengthy job due to low internet speed. He demanded immediate restoration of 4G internet service so that the students could study without any hassle. »

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Srinagar, April 15 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, a total of 90 Red Zones have been identified in 13 districts of Kashmir Valley and Jammu region, so far.

Of these 90 Red Zones, 76 are in the Kashmir Valley and 14 are in Jammu region.

A tweet by the Department of Information and Public Relations of the territory said that the administration had issued standard operating procedures (SOP) for the Red Zones, which includes 100 percent lockdown, survey to be done, home delivery of essentials, only sanitation and enforcement personnel to be allowed entry, arrangements to be made for non-COVID patients.

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Srinagar, April 15 (KMS): Amid strict lockdown in the face of coronavirus pandemic, more than 40,000 labourers from occupied Kashmir are stranded in various states of India without food and money.

Ajaz Ahmed Wani of Kupwara district, who works in a hotel in Himachal Pradesh, talking to Srinagar-based media persons over phone said, “I have not eaten food for the past four days. I have no money to buy food. Around 30 people from Kupwara district are stuck here.”

Another Kashmiri labourer Shafi Haji of Islamabad district is stuck in Maharashtra with five other colleagues. “Five of us are cramped in a single room. Our pockets are running empty. Whatever we had earned has been spent on food and room rent,” Shafi said. »

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Srinagar, April 15 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Students and Youth Forum has rejected the newly introduced domicile law in occupied Kashmir, calling it an Indian act of colonial design to usurp local land and change the demography of the territory.

The forum Chairman, Manzoor Butt, in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the devious Indian game plan being executed was aimed at perpetuating the subjugation of the freedom-loving Kashmiri people. He, however, said that the valiant Kashmiris engaged in a struggle to secure their right to self-determination would never allow such Indian nefarious designs to succeed. »

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Rawalpindi, April 15 (KMS): The Pakistan Army categorically rejected Indian allegations that Islamabad was involved in ceasefire violations and was purposefully “infiltrating COVID-affected individuals” in occupied Kashmir, saying they were “baseless” and “delusional”.
In a statement issued Tuesday, Director-General of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Babar Iftikhar referred to the Indian 15 Corps Commander’s interview with the BBC and said: “Indian insinuations about infiltration and CFVs by Pakistan are not only baseless but are also patently designed to divert global and domestic attention from the unending fiasco post – 5 Aug 2019.” »

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Jammu, April 15 (KMS): The new domicile law has become a source of great contention and unease in Indian occupied Kashmir, including even in Jammu province, the stronghold of the BJP in the territory.

The law has entitled citizenship to any person who has resided in IOK for fifteen years. The rule has been relaxed for the central government employees who must have served in the territory for ten years for them as also their children to qualify for citizenship. The rule is even more lenient for the students from outside the region, who must have “studied for a period of seven years and appeared in Class 10th/12th examinations”.

What is more it is now a tehsildar, as against a district magistrate earlier, who will be competent to issue a domicile certificate within his territorial jurisdiction. »

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