Srinagar, April 16 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Acting Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Muslim League (JKML), Farooq Ahmad Tawheedi has demanded unconditional release of illegally detained Hurriyat leaders and activists languishing in different jails of India and the territory.

Farooq Ahmad Tawheedi in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the growing coronavirus pandemic posed a serious threat to the safety of the political detainees.

He said the Hurriyat leaders have not committed any crime but were struggling for their birthrigh to self-determination so they should be released without further delay. »

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Srinagar, April 16 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Jammu and Kashmir Ummat-e-Islami Patron, Qazi Yasir has said that Kashmiri political detainees are kept in overcrowded narrow and small barracks in jails despite the spread of coronavirus.

Qazi Yasir in a media interview in Srinagar said that more than 20 Kashmiri political prisoners were detained in eight-feet cell in jails, which is the worst human rights violations, especially at a time when coronavirus is spreading like fire in the world and in India. He said that the authorities were playing with the lives of the detainees through treating them in this way. »

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Srinagar, April 16 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of Karwan-e-Islami International, Allama Ghulam Rasool Hami has said that the Indian troops, in the garb of lockdown due to coronavirus, are arresting elders and youth from mosques and streets.

Allama Ghulam Rasool Hami in a statement issued in Srinagar condemned the arrest of Kashmiri elders and youth and said that the entire world was fighting coronavirus pandemic but the Indian government was spreading division in the name of religion and hatred. »

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Islamabad, April 16 (KMS): Hurriyat-AJK leader and Convener of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Jammu Kashmir, Ghulam Muhammad Safi has condemned the attack on the Kashmiri labourers by goons in Himachal Pradesh, India.

Ghulam Muhammad Safi in a statement issued in Islamabad said that it was not the first time that labourers and students of occupied Kashmir were targeted but the Indian polarized society was targeting Muslims for their religious and ethnic identity.

Expressing serious concern over the deep-rooted Muslim animosity in Indian extremist class, he pointed out that the bad blood, hostility had now being patronized and systematically spread out throughout India as a state policy. India has turned into a fascist state where the vital organ of the state behaves more ruthlessly than an extremist goon behaves on a roadside. Media and judicial system of India is busy in doing what is impossible for communal to achieve by lynching and riots, he added. »

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Islamabad. April 16 (KMS): Hurriyat forum AJK chapter led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has called for immediate release of all illegally detained Hurriyat leaders and activists lodged in different jails of the territory and India in view of the fast spreading coronavirus pandemic.

Hurriyat leaders in a meeting, chaired by Hurriyat forum AJK chapter Convener, Syed Faiz Naqshbandi reiterated to take the mission of Kashmiri martyrs to its logical conclusion, despite the worst Indian state terrorism.

They said that the sacrifices of Kashmiris would not go waste as the people of Kashmir had rendered unprecedented sacrifices for the Kashmir cause and would resist with full force the nefarious designs of India. »

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Islamabad, April 16 (KMS): At a time when the entire world is making efforts on war-footing to save the lives of people from coronavirus pandemic, India continues to victimize thousands of Kashmiri political prisoners by keeping them in jails on false charges, putting them at the risk of getting affected by the deadly disease.

A report released by the Research Section of Kashmir Media Service, today, revealed that thousands of Kashmiris including Hurriyat leaders, political activists, lawyers, civil and social activists, youth, students and journalists had been detained in different jails of India and the occupied territory. It said that those detained included Hurriyat leaders Muhammad Yasin Malik, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Masarrat Aalam Butt, Aasiya Andrabi, Dr Abdul Hameed Fayaz, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Ayaz Muhammad Akbar, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Shahidul Islam, Peer Saifullah, Merajuddin Kalwal, Farooq Ahmed Dar, Nahida Nasreen, Fahmeeda Sofi, Muhammad Rafiq Ganai, Maulana Sarjan Barkati, Maulana Mushtaq Ahmed Veeri, Ghulam Ahmed Gulzar, Dr Muhammad Qasim Fakhtoo, Dr Muhammad Shafi Khan, Bashir Ahmed Qureshi, Muhammad Yasin Attai, Noor Muhammad Kalwal, Showkat Ahmed Bakhshi, Abdul Ahad Parra, Muhammad Yousuf Mir, Ferooz Ahmed Khan, Muhammad Yousuf Falahi, Muhammad Shaban, Hayat Ahmad Butt, High Court Bar Association President Mian Abdul Qayoom, human rights activist Muhammad Ahsan Untoo, trade leader Muhammad Yasin Khan, businessman Zahoor Watali, Syed Shahid Yousuf, Syed Shakeel Ahmad Shah and journalists Aasif Sultan and Qazi Shibli. »

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Fresh application highlights difficulties faced by people

New Delhi, April 16 (KMS): In an ongoing Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the Indian Supreme Court seeking restoration of high speed internet in occupied Kashmir, a fresh application was filed to bring on record the hardships faced by the people belonging to different walks of life in the territory.

The application included individual narratives of hardships faced by doctors, teachers and students, and a comparative technical analysis of functioning of websites at 2G speed and 4G speed.

The PIL filed by ‘Foundation of Media Professionals’ seeks to bring on record empirical and anecdotal evidence regarding impact of speed curbs on the life of ordinary people in the occupied territory.

In an affidavit dated April 14, 2020 by Ms. Revati Laul, Director of the Petitioner Society, contains individual narratives of hardships faced by doctors, teachers, students, journalists, lawyers and businesspersons in occupied Kashmir due to denial of 4G internet services. The affidavit includes, but is not limited to, accounts of doctors who have asserted that the use of 4G internet is absolutely imperative as “it can literally save lives”. »

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Srinagar, April 16 (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 16 (KMS): Around 600 Kashmiri students, studying in various medical colleges in Bangladesh, have demanded immediate evacuation amid coronavirus pandemic.

The students told Srinagar-based media persons over phone that they have been gripped by fear and panic because of being stranded in their colleges for past several weeks.

The parents of the stranded students have also become anxious about the safety and health of their kids in Bangladesh colleges.

“We want to come home. We had already booked our tickets for Kashmir but flights were suspended all of a sudden due to which we are stranded here for many weeks,” said a student.

“A group of students had tried to travel to Kolkata by road but was stopped at Kolkata border and asked to return to their colleges in Bangladesh,” another student said. “We don’t know how long will this lockdown continue and we are about to suffer a mental breakdown,” he added. »

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Srinagar, April 16 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the authorities have extended the ban on high speed internet on mobile phones in the territory till April 27 even as the demand for restoration of the service grows in view of the coronavirus outbreak.

An order issued by Principal Secretary Home Department of the territory, Shaleen Kabra, said that the internet speed on mobile phones in the territory would be restricted to 2G only.

The order cited among other reasons the use of social media applications for circulation of photographs of martyred youth for mobilizing crowds. It also cited the funeral of martyred youth in which thousands of people had participated. »

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