Washington, May 16 (KMS): A top American diplomat has said that the US has seen unfortunate reports of COVID-19 related “rhetoric and harassment” against the Muslim community in India.

Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, Sam Brownback, said this while briefing reporters during a conference call on the impact of COVID-19 on religious minorities throughout the world. »

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Srinagar, May 16 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian police and troops arrested five youth from central Kashmir’s Badgam district, today.

The police and troops arrested the youth identified as Zahoor Wani, Muhammad Younis Mir, Muhammad Aslam Sheikh, Parvaiz Ahmed Sheikh and Abdul Rehman Lone during a search operation at Arizal in Khansahib area of the district. »

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Beijing, May 16 (KMS): China has reiterated that its position on the issue of Kashmir was consistent.

Chinese Foreign Ministry’s Spokesperson Zhao Lijian while responding to question asked by APP during weekly briefing, regarding Indian External Affairs Ministry’s stance stated that China’s position on the issue of Kashmir was consistent and there was no change it it.
While expressing concern over Indian troops’ continued ceasefire violations along the Line of Control in occupied Kashmir and targeting of civilian population with artillery and other weapons on Pakistani side, Zhao Lijian said that these violations could be a threat to the regional peace and security.
The spokesperson said that as a neighbor to both Pakistan and India, China always believed that peaceful coexistence serve the fundamental interests of both countries. »

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Pak, India tension can take an ugly turn: Professor Butt

Srinagar, May15 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, several people were injured, today, as Indian troops and police used brute force at different places on peaceful demonstrators protesting against the killing of youth.

People took to the streets in Islamabad, Pulwama, Badgam and other areas and staged forceful anti-India demonstrations. Indian police and troops fired pellets and teargas shells to disperse the protesters, triggering clashes between the demonstrators and the forces’ personnel. Several people were injured in the forces’ action.

Call for the holding of demonstrations was given by the All Parties Hurriyat Conference as part of its protest calendar to condemn the wanton killing of Kashmiri youth and to express solidarity with the families of the martyrs. »

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Brussels, May 15 (KMS): The European Parliament in a report has expressed concern over the situation in occupied Kashmir and controversial policies of the Modi government regarding minorities living in India.

The report prepared by the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS) said that after the recommencement of second consecutive tenure of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party after its success in the May 2019 general elections, the situation in India regarding democracy, tolerance, rule of law, and managing patchwork of cultures and religions had been changing in recent months under the impact of an ever-increasing Hindu nationalist grip on society and politics.

The report authored by Enrico D’Ambrogio, Members’ Research Service, said that Freedom House’s Freedom in the World 2020 report placed India under the spotlight and ranked occupied Kashmir as ‘not free’. “Some warning signs were already present during the first term served by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in charge since the Hindu nationalist BJP won an absolute majority in the lower chamber (Lok Sabha) in 2014. Communal violence has increased, as have violence and discrimination against religious minorities, it said. »

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Islamabad, May 15 (KMS): The Jammu and Kashmir Peoples League (JKPL) has strongly denounced the Indian troops’ atrocities including killing, arrests, and destruction of properties during the so-called cordon and search operations in occupied Kashmir.

The JKPL in a video conference meeting held in Islamabad, today, with Vice Chairman, Syed Aijaz Rahmani, in chair, deplored that the Indian troops in the occupied territory had broken all the record of tyranny and brutality.

The participants of the meeting said that India was trying to force the people of occupied Kashmir to give up their right to self-determination and remain silent but it would never succeed in its sinister designs. They said that the people of Kashmir would continue their struggle till complete success. »

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Srinagar, May15 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops and police used brute force and fired teargas shells on protesters in Islamabad and Pulwama districts.

Indian forces fired teargas shells after a massive anti-India protest was held in Hassanpora Tawila area of Islamabad district. People defied restrictions imposed by Indian troops during cordon and operation in the area and staged anti-India demonstrations, eyewitness told media men. »

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World urged to take note of Indian brutalities on Kashmiris

Srinagar, May 15 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference and other pro-freedom organizations have said that the massacre of Kashmiris continues as Indian troops are targeting innocent youth to suppress the ongoing Kashmir freedom movement.

The Hurriyat organizations in their statements said that the world was facing deadly coronavirus but Kashmiris were facing brutal Indian forces. They said that recently, the troops killed in cold blood an innocent youth, Merajuddin Shah, by opening fire on his vehicle without any provocation at a check post in Kawoosa Narbal area of Badgam district. »

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Srinagar, May 15 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, senior Hurriyat leader, Professor Abdul Ghani Butt, has said that Pakistan and India are two nuclear-armed countries of the south Asian region and tension between them can take an ugly turn.

Professor Abdul Ghani Butt in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the challenges posed to the humanity across the world by coronavirus pandemic are getting worse. Therefore, he said, in view of this globalization instead of traditional national politics, new approaches, new attitudes and new perspectives need to be adopted to help resolve the issues.

Professor Abdul Ghani Butt said in view of the prevailing global political situation, the relations between Pakistan and India are of vital importance. He said that the leaders and people of the two countries would have to take positive steps to bring about a positive change in their thinking, approaches and conducts so that the masses could lead a life of peace and security. He said that it would be in the best interest of the rulers of the two countries to initiate negotiations like the civilized nations of the world and resolve their issues by devising a strategy based on the principles and justice. »

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Islamabad, May 15 (KMS): Pakistan has reiterated its full support to people of occupied Kashmir, struggling for their right to self-determination for several decades.

Speaking in the Senate, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said the whole nation is united on the Kashmir dispute and Pakistan will continue to highlight unabated human rights violations in occupied Kashmir by the Indian troops at every world forum.

He said Kashmiris are facing siege for the last nine months and they are being denied of their basic rights.

The Minister said Indian forces have started massacre of innocent Kashmiri people in guise of coronavirus and their bodies are also not being handed over to their heirs. »

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