2020 April 21 » Kashmir Media Service

Srinagar, April 21 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian police registered a case, today, against senior journalist and political commentator, Gowhar Geelani, for his posts and writings on social media.

The Indian police in a handout said that Cyber Police Station Kashmir Zone, Srinagar, received information through reliable sources that an individual namely “Gowher Geelani” is indulging in unlawful activities through his posts and writings on social media platforms.

The police claimed of receiving several complaints against Gowhar Geelani. It said that an FIR was registered at Cyber Police Station Kashmir and investigation was initiated. »

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Cases against journalists draw condemnation

Srinagar, April 21 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the registration of cases against two noted Kashmiri journalists, Peerzada Ashiq and female photojournalist Masarrat Zahra by the Indian authorities under serious charges drew widespread condemnation, locally as well as globally.

Masarrat Zahra, whose work has been published by Al-Jazeera, The Caravan, The Quint, TRT World and other reputed organisations in India and abroad, was booked under the stringent Unlawful Activities Prevention Act for uploading some Kashmir-related photographs. Peerzada Ashiq who works with The Hindu newspaper is facing the charge of publishing a “fake news item” with reference to a story about the two martyrs’ families, who wanted to exhume their bodies to perform funeral rites. »

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Srinagar, April 21 (KMS): Prominent international non-government organizations including, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF) have called for immediate and unconditional withdrawal of charges against Kashmiri journalists Masarrat Zahra and Peerzada Ashiq.

CPJ’s senior Asia researcher, in New York, Aliya Iftikhar in a statement said that the police should drop their investigations into both journalists, and India should reform its laws to make such “capricious actions by police impossible.” “Masarrat Zahra and Peerzada Ashiq should be free to report on events in Jammu and Kashmir without facing harassment and intimidation from local authorities,” she added. »

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Srinagar, April 21 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, photojournalist Masarrat Zahra, who was booked by the Indian authorities under serious charges, was questioned by Indian police, today.

Masarrat Zahra and another noted journalist, Peerzada Ashiq, were booked for uploading some Kashmir-related photographs and covering the viewpoint of the Kashmiri martyrs’ families.
Zahra was questioned for more than an hour at the Kashmir’s Cyber Police Station in Shergarhi area of Srinagar. »

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Islamabad, April 21 (KMS): Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Tuesday that perhaps now the international community can understand the suffering being endured by the people of occupied Kashmir, under lockdown since August 2019, as protests erupt in various parts of the world against coronavirus-related lockdown.

“Demonstrations in various parts of the world are now going on against lockdowns during a pandemic – despite [provision] of medical, financial, communication & food assistance. Perhaps now [international] community can understand the suffering of Kashmiris in IOJK as they suffer brutal oppression,” the prime minister said in a tweet. »

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New Delhi, April 21 (KMS): While taking a note of reports about cases being registered against two journalists in occupied Kashmir, Amnesty International has asked the government of India to stop intimidation of journalists in territory.

Executive Director of Amnesty International India, Avinash Kumar, in a statement issued today said the two new FIRs against journalists in Kashmir that initiate investigations against them by the police signal the authorities’ attempt to curb the right to freedom of expression. “Harassment and intimidation of journalists through draconian laws such as UAPA threatens the efforts to address the COVID-19 pandemic and creates an atmosphere of fear and reprisal. This severely undermines the human rights guarantees of the people of Kashmir and denies the people in India and around the world’s right to know,” he said. »

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Jammu, April 21 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, a TADA court has extended the judicial remand of the illegally detained Hurriyat leader and Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Islami Tanzeem-e-Azadi, Abdul Samad Inqilabi.

Abdul Samad Inqilabi was presented before the court through video-conferencing in a false case registered against him. The court extended his judicial custody till 20th May, 2020. »

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Srinagar, April 21 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Acting Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Muslim League, Farooq Ahmed Tawheedi, has strongly denounced the Indian authorities for not handing over the bodies of the martyred Kashmiri youth to their families for proper burial.

Farooq Ahmed Tawheedi in a statement in Srinagar said that hundreds of thousands of Indian troops deployed in occupied Kashmir were committing brutalities to suppress the Kashmiris’ just struggle for securing their right to self-determination. He said after killing innocent Kashmiri youth, Indian forces’ personnel seek pleasure in dragging and desecrating the dead bodies. »

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Islamabad, April 21 (KMS): Syed Faiz Naqshbandi, the Convener of AJK chapter of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq-led Hurriyat forum, has said that on April 21, 1948, United Nations constituted UN Commission on India and Pakistan for settlement of the Kashmir dispute according to will of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, expressed in a free and impartial plebiscite under the UN auspices.

Syed Faiz Naqshbandi in a statement issued in Islamabad said, the Commission rejected Indian claim that Jammu and Kashmir is integral part of India and declared it a disputed territory whose final status is yet to be decided. »

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Islamabad, April 21 (KMS): The Jammu and Kashmir Young Men’s League (JKYML) Vice Chairman, Zahid Ashraf, has condemned in strongest terms the harassment and beating of party activists by Indian troops in Srinagar and Islamabad areas of occupied Kashmir during the last several days of clampdown.

Zahid Ashraf in a statement issued in Islamabad termed the high-handedness of the colonial apparatus as the worst display of state terrorism. He said that using the corona scare and the ensuing blockade for targeting the pro-freedom activists spoke volumes about the antipathetic and rabid colonial mindset which deserved strongest condemnation. »

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