Srinagar, May 02 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) has expressed deep concern over the surge in the killing of youth, destruction of residential houses and other human rights violations by Indian troops in every nook and corner of the territory.

The APHC spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar deplored that even in the holy month of Ramadan, the trigger-happy troops continue their aggressive and repressive operations in the territory and are massacring the innocent people particularly youth.

He said, the inhuman acts of the Indian forces’ personnel show that they have no respect for humanity. He said that at the movement the people of occupied Kashmir were extremely worried due to the deaths caused by the coronavirus and the lockdown imposed by the Indian authorities in the territory. He said that when thousands of people around the world were dying every day due to the virus and India itself was in big trouble due to the spread of the deadly infection, even then its rulers didn’t realize how to protect humanity in this grim situation. »

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Srinagar, May 02 (KMS): As the world remains consumed with containing the coronavirus pandemic and the severe economic fallout, India has spotted an opportunity for another round of repression against the people of occupied Kashmir, who had already been reeling from the harsh aftereffects of over eight months long military lockdown, says an article published in the Washington Post.

By initiating gunfights with guerrilla fighters, jailing people for going to buy food and medicine, bringing charges against journalists, and beating doctors, paramedics and municipal workers, India is tightening its grip on Kashmir, seizing on pandemic measures to prevent a surge of resistance to its rule, the article says.

In August of last year, the communal government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi revoked a special status for Kashmir and placed it under military siege. »

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Srinagar, May 02 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism martyred two Kashmiri youth in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, today.

The troops martyred the youth during a cordon and search operation in Dangerpora area of the district. The troops also destroyed a residential house by using explosive material in the area. »

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Implementing its settle colonial plan in phased manner

Islamabad, May 02 (KMS): The RSS-backed fascist Modi government is practically implementing in phased manner its settler-colonial plan in occupied Kashmir on the Israeli pattern to deprive the Kashmiris of their identity and homeland, thus turning Kashmir into another Palestine.

An analytical report released, today, by the Research Section of Kashmir Media Service, the communal Modi regime started its nefarious plan on August 05, last year, by repealing Articles 370 and 35A of the Indian Constitution that granted special status and rights to occupied Kashmir and its residents. The report said that the abrogation of theses constitutional provisions was aimed at allowing the Indian Hindus to get permanently settled in the territory, thus turning the Muslim majority into minority. »

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New Delhi, May 02 (KMS): The number of coronavirus affected personnel in a New Delhi-based battalion of the Indian Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has risen to 122.

Reports said the men belong to the 31st battalion of the paramilitary, based in Mayur Vihar Phase-III area of the Indian capital that has been entirely sealed after the huge numbers of the COVID-19 infection started building up over the last few days.

“A total of 122 troops of this battalion have tested positive for the virus. Results for over 100 more are awaited,” Press Trust of India quoted a senior official as having said. »

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Islamabad, May 02 (KMS): Vice Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Pir Panjal Freedom Movement, Qazi Mohammad Imran, has paid glowing tributes to Shaheed Mohammad Arafat alias Qazi Khalid on his martyrdom anniversary.

Indian troops martyred Qazi Khalid along with his eight companions on May 2 in 2002.

Qazi Mohammad Imran in a statement issued in Islamabad said that Shaheed Qazi Khalid was a bold and courageous mujahid. He added that Qazi Khalid had joined the liberation movement when he was only 14 years old and fought against the Indian army for four years. He pointed out that on several occasions, the Indian Army offered Qazi Khalid to surrender but he refused. »

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Srinagar, May 02 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, senior journalist and political commentator, Gowhar Geelani, has said that India wants to establish the peace of a graveyard in the territory by silencing indigenous voices and demonstrating a false sense of normalcy.

Gowhar Geelani, who was recently booked by Indian police for his writings and posts on social media, in an interview said that the silencing of journalists would not be limited to Kashmir but would spread across India. He said that the authoritarian mindset could not act democratically and would use the instrument of the state to muzzle opinions and the press in India also.

He said the larger aim seems to silence the articulate civil voices in Kashmir. “It is not an attack on me or any other journalist, it is an assault on the institution of journalism and civility,” he maintained. »

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Srinagar, May 02 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, illegally detained Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Islami Tanzeem-e-Azadi, Abdul Samad Inqilabi, has paid rich tributes to the Kashmiri youth who recently martyred by Indian troops.

Abdul Samad Inqilabi in a statement issued in Srinagar strongly condemned the Indian authorities’ decision not to hand over the bodies of the martyred youth to their families, calling it a grave violation of human rights. He said the youth who sacrifice their lives for a great cause are the real heroes of Kashmiris.

Abdul Samad Inqilabi said that India was ruthlessly massacring innocent Kashmiri youth under the guise of coronavirus lockdown and was not handing over their bodies to their families. »

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United Nations, May 02 (KMS): A UN human rights expert has called the communications blockade imposed by India in occupied Kashmir as the “most prominent and long-term internet shutdown” in the world, saying it restricted expression and other fundamental rights, specially since the outbreak of coronavirus.

“In 2019, the Government imposed what several mandate holders found to be ‘a form of collective punishment of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, without even a pretext of a precipitating offence’,” David Kaye, UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, said in a report. »

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London, May 02 (KMS): British Labour Party’s new leader Keir Starmer faces revolt from grass-root Labour supporters as well as his own parliamentary party after shifting stance on the issue of Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) under pressure from the Indian lobby.

British Kashmiri groups, who have mainly supported Labour in British politics, have condemned the newly elected Labour leader for insisting that the issue of IOK is a bilateral matter between Pakistan and India after meeting with an Indian lobby group.
“We must not allow issues of the Sub-Continent to divide communities here,” Keir Starmer said after a meeting with the executive team of the Labour Friends of India (LFIN). “Any constitutional issues in India are a matter for the Indian Parliament, and Kashmir is a bilateral issue for Pakistan and India to resolve peacefully,” he added. »

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