India exploiting coronavirus situation to target youth in IOK

Srinagar, May 08 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the authorities imposed strict curfew, today, to prevent people from offering funeral prayers in absentia for the mujahid commander, Riyaz Naikoo, and other youth martyred by Indian troops during military operations in the territory.

The All Parties Hurriyat Conference had called for holding of the funeral prayers in absentia and anti-India demonstrations to pay tributes to the martyred youth. As per the protest calendar issued by the APHC, people have been asked to call for prayers [azan] on their rooftops after Isha prayers on Sunday to invoke Allah’s help for the emancipation from Indian occupation and coronavirus.

The occupation authorities deployed Indian troops and police personnel in every nook and corner of the occupied territory to keep the people indoor. The forces’ personnel blocked all roads and lanes with razor wire to restrict the public movement. However, despite strict curfew, people in small numbers in local mosques offered funeral prayers in absentia for Riyaz Niakoo and other martyrs and paid rich tributes to them. »

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Srinagar, May 08 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyat leaders and organizations have eulogized the sacrifice of chief commander of Hizbul Mujahideen Riyaz Naikoo and his associate, Aadil Ahmad, who were martyred by Indian troops in Pulwama district on Wednesday.

Hurriyat leader, Ghulam Muhammad Khan Sopori, in a statement issued in Srinagar said that India tried every tactic of oppression to suppress the freedom sentiment of the people of Kashmir but badly failed in its nefarious designs. He expressed concern over the criminal silence of the world over the India’s oppressive Kashmir policies. He said the world is busy providing facilities to the people in the war against coronavirus but India was applying new methods of oppression in the war against Kashmiris. »

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New Delhi, May 08 (KMS): A Mig-29 fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) crashed in the Indian state of Punjab.

An IAF fighter jet crashed into the fields at Chuharpur village in Nawanshahr area of the Punjab.

Nawanshahr Deputy Commissioner Vinay Bublani told media that the aircraft crashed after it developed a technical snag. He said the pilot ejected safely and has been rescued.

An IAF spokesperson said that the Mig-29 aircraft was on a training mission from an Air Force base near Jalandhar. “The aircraft had developed a technical snag and the pilot ejected safely as he was unable to control the aircraft,” he said.

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Srinagar, May 08 (KMS): While high-speed internet is helping people to guard against coronavirus across the world, ban on the service is preventing people from learning or sharing important information about the disease, says a report by Voice of America (VoA).

As many people world over have come to depend on high-speed internet to work from home, take part in online classes and get the latest news, the residents of the occupied territory remain deprived of these facilities due to the gag on this important means of communication.

Bilal Hussain, a Kashmir-based reporter, told VoA that the ban on high-speed internet had caused problems for doctors and the local media. »

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New Delhi, May 08 (KMS): In India, two troops of Indian Border Security Force (BSF) succumbed to the coronavirus while the force has reported new cases of infection.

Thousands of personnel of Indian forces are presently affected by the COVID-19 infections in India and occupied Kashmir.

These are the first cases of death in the BSF due to coronavirus infection and the second among paramilitary forces after a 55-year-old sub-inspector of the CRPF had succumbed to the disease last month.

While two personnel succumbed to the COVID-19 infection the BSF reported 41 new cases of infection, a senior official told media men.

More Indian troops and health personnel are getting infected by the coronavirus as the total number of cases is rising at an alarming pace in India, the Indian media reports said.

Earlier, the Indian Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) headquarter in Delhi was sealed while the Border Security Force headquarters in Delhi was also partially closed after staff members tested positive for coronavirus.

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Islamabad, May 08 (KMS): The President of Jammu and Kashmir Council for Human Rights, an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the United Nations, Dr Syed Nazir Gilani, has invoked attention of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, towards grim human rights situation, particularly the killing of youth by Indian troops, in occupied Kashmir.

Dr Syed Nazir Gilani, who is in Islamabad, in a letter to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights urged her to take urgent cognizance of killing of Kashmiri youth under the cover of curfew and the massive abuse of human rights. He said that the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights should take all possible steps to protect the life, property and honour of the people of occupied Kashmir. »

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KYA, OKC organize Kashmir youth conference via video link

London/Brussels, May 08 (KMS): Speakers of a Kashmir conference have said that as the world is engaged in its fight against the coronavirus pandemic, India is shamelessly exploiting this crisis situation to unleash its terror against the youth in occupied Kashmir.

The ‘COVID-19 Kashmir Youth Conference’ was organized by Kashmir Youth Assembly (KYA) and Organisation of Kashmir Coalition (OKC) through video link in which politicians, lawyers and human rights defenders, academics and jurists participated. The participants appealed to the UK government, the European Union and other world bodies including UN Human Rights Council, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation to play their role in protecting the Kashmiri youth especially in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. They also urged India to release all illegally detained Kashmiris languishing in different jails.

Among those who took part in the conference included Shiraz Yoonus, National Coordinator Muslim Affairs to the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka; Dr Asif Dar, Kashmiri Activist and Human Rights Defender; Marina Zucca, Expert in International Human Rights Law and International Criminal Law; Nasir Mohammed, Police Advisor, General Council Brussels City; Sardar Usman Attique Khan, Central Chairman All Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Youth Conference; Adriana Gheorghe, Councillor at the London Borough of Hounslow; Mir Adnan Rahman, Academic in Law at the University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir; Sardar Hussain Ibrahim Khan, President Jammu and Kashmir People’s Party and Member of AJK Legislative Assembly; Sheikh Farkhanda, Kashmiri Activist and Human Rights Defender; Emaan Haider, Human Rights Activist; Yaser Ahmad, General Secretary KYA; Zubair Awan, President KYA; Professor Nazir Ahmed Shawl, Executive Member of OKC and Chairman of South Asia Centre For Peace and Human Rights (SAFCPHR); and Barrister Abdul Majeed Tramboo, Executive Member of OKC and Permanent Representative of Human Rights Association of American Minorities (IHRAAM) to the United Nations. The conference comprehensively analysed the situation of youth in coronavirus pandemic in occupied Kashmir. The conference unanimously adopted the following joint statement; »

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Srinagar, May 08 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the welfare activities of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have come to standstill after the authorities shut down network of all private mobile operators and the internet.

Dozens of NGOs across the Valley have played an important role during the lockdown owing to COVID-19 distributing thousands of food kits to needy, protective face-masks and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits among medical staff.

Businessman Ubaid Wani told newsmen at Hyderpora in Srinagar that it was difficult for the volunteers of his NGO ‘Humanix’ to continue their activities in absence of phone and internet services. »

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Islamabad, May 08 (KMS): Pakistan once again urged the international community to take notice of the current regional situation and hold India accountable for its illegal actions which is “imperilling peace and stability in South Asia”.

“We also urge the world community to work for ensuring the peaceful resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with the United Nations Security Council resolutions and the wishes of the Kashmiri people,” said the Foreign Office in its weekly briefing. »

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Lahore, May 08 (KMS): Punjab Governor Ch Muhammad Sarwar has said that RSS and Narendra Modi are two sides of the same coin for being enemies of minorities. He was speaking to a delegation led by Pir Syed Nazim Husain Shah at Governor’s House.

The precarious situation of minorities in India demands immediate notice by the comity of nations otherwise peace in the region will be destroyed, he stressed. India should know well that any of its misadventures against Pakistan would be responded with full force and added that Pakistan would continue standing with the oppressed Kashmiris in Indian occupied Kashmir. The governor also chided India for its conspiracy of torturing and killing Muslims while levelling charges of spreading coronavirus. »

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