India victimizing Kashmiris for demanding their rights

Srinagar, June 12 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, senior leader of Mirwaiz-led Hurriyat forum, Bilal Ghani Lone, has strongly denounced the continued house arrest of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in Srinagar for the past over 10 months.

Bilal Ghani Lone in a statement issued in Srinagar said police vehicles are stationed outside the gates of the Nageen residence of the Mirwaiz and he is not allowed to move out. He reiterated his demand for immediate release of the Mirwaiz and all other thousands of illegally detained Kashmiris arrested before and after August 05, last year, and remain lodged in various jails of the territory and India. He pointed out that putting Hurriyat leaders and activists in jails for their ideology and political beliefs is inhuman, as freedom of dissent and difference of opinion is a fundamental human right. He said that Hurriyat leaders and people of occupied Kashmir were deeply concerned over the killing of innocent youth by Indian troops in occupied Kashmir on daily basis. He appealed to international community to play role in the resolution of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the Kashmiris’ aspirations. »

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Washington, June 12 (KMS): The US senator, Edward John Markey, has urged the State Department to impress upon the Indian government to lift restrictions on the Internet in occupied Kashmir in view of the Coronavirus pandemic.

High-speed Internet service remains suspended in occupied Kashmir since August 05, last year, when Modi government revoked the specials status of the territory and placed it under strict military lockdown. The communal Modi regime didn’t restored the service even after the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic, which had wrecked havoc in many parts of the world.

Edward John Markey, a Democrat from Massachusetts, in a letter addressed to State Department’s Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, said although video conferencing is helping people around the world cope with isolation during lockdowns, a lack of access to this technology puts further strain on millions of Kashmiris, or nearly half of all adults, who have some form of mental illness after decades of conflict. »

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Washington, June 12 (KMS): An official American report has voiced concern over the attacks and discrimination against religious and ethnic minorities in India.

Mandated by the US Congress, the ”2019 International Religious Freedom Report” that documents major instances of the violation of religious freedom across the world was released by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the State Department on Wednesday.

The report refers to the revocation of the special status of occupied Kashmir last August and the parliament passage of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in December as major highlights for India last year.

The annual report, submitted by the US Department of State to the US Congress on International Religious Freedom, says, “In December, (Indian) Parliament passed the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), which accelerates citizenship for Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi, and Christian migrants from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan who entered the country on or before December 31, 2014, but not for similarly-situated migrants who are Muslims, Jews, atheists, or members of other faiths.” »

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Islamabad, June 12 (KMS): The All Parties Hurriyat Conference Azad Jammu and Kashmir (APHC-AJK) chapter organized an anti-India demonstration in front of the UN Office in Islamabad, today.

The protest, led by Information Secretary APHC-AJK chapter, Sheikh Abdul Mateen, was held against the Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir under the guise of coronavirus lockdown and unprovoked firing of Indian troops on the civilian population living along the Line of Control (LoC).

The protesters on the occasion raised slogans against Indian brutalities in occupied Kashmir and aggression across the LoC. They deplored that Indian troops were martyring innocent youth in fake encounters in the territory, adding that the Indian atrocities had been intensified during the corona pandemic. »

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Islamabad, June 12 (KMS): The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Freedom League (JKPFL), Muhammad Farooq Rehmani has urged the international human rights organisations to take notice of the horrifying and worsening human rights situation in occupied Kashmir.

Muhammad Farooq Rehmani in a letter addressed to the Heads of the UN Human Rights Council, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, International Red Cross Society, International Red Crescent and the Doctors without Borders said that Indian troops and paratroops were engaged in an undeclared war against the people of occupied Kashmir to force them into submission. »

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Islamabad, June 12 (KMS): The leaders of Azad Jammu and Kashmir chapter of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq-led Hurriyat Forum have said that India is committing genocide of Kashmiris under the cover of corona pandemic and the United Nations should take notice of the matter.

The Convener of AJK chapter of Hurriyat Forum, Syed Faiz Naqshbandi addressing a press conference in Islamabad, today, said that killing of innocent youth by Indian troops in fake encounters, arrest of youth in false cases, destruction of houses and other acts of repression were evidence of the Indian state terrorism in occupied Kashmir.

He pointed out that India was also taking massive steps to convert the majority of Muslims in Kashmir into a minority and the issuance of domicile certificates to 300,000 Indian Hindus in the occupied territory was part of this nefarious plan. He said that one million retired Indian soldiers were also being settled in occupied Kashmir while various historical places and departments in Kashmir were being renamed after various Hindu personalities. »

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New Delhi, June 12 (KMS): Amid the ongoing border dispute with India, Nepal police fired indiscriminately on Indo-Nepal border in Bihar, killing one Indian and injuring two others.

Reports said the identified the deceased as Dikesh Kumar (25) and the injured as Umesh Ram and Uday Thakur.

“One person has been detained by Nepali security personnel and we’re in talks with them so that they release him and matters don’t escalate. Everything happened in Nepal, not on the Indian side”, DG Indian Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) Kumar Rajesh Chandra told media.

Following the shooting, the situation at the border is tense. Currently, both the SSB and the local police Lalbandi are positioned at the border while the Nepal army is camping on the Narayanpur border, media reports said.

The reports further said that one local, identified as Shatrughan Rai, was going to his in-laws’ house situated in a border village in Nepal, today morning when he entered into an argument with the Nepali cops who were manning the border outpost. The cops thrashed the man following which villagers from nearby areas reached the outpost and created a ruckus after which the firing took place. According to villagers, 17 rounds of bullets were fired.

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Srinagar, June 12 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyat leader, Ghulam Muhammad Khan Sopori and Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, have paid rich tributes to Tufail Mattoo on his martyrdom anniversary.

Tufail Mattoo, a student of 12th class, was killed in Srinagar by Indian troops when he was returning home from tuition in June 2010.

Ghulam Muhammad Khan Sopori in a statement in Srinagar, while paying homage to the 125 persons including Tufail Matoo and Wamiq Farooq, martyred by Indian troops during the 2010 mass uprising, said that the sacrifices of Kashmiris had raised the Kashmir dispute at the international level. »

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Srinagar, June 12 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, senior leader of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq led Hurriyat forum, Bilal Ghani Lone, has strongly denounced the continued illegal house detention of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and demanded his immediate release.

According to Kashmir Median Service, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has been under illegal house detention in Srinagar since August 5, last year, when India repealed the special status of Kashmir and divided it into two union territories.

Bilal Ghani Lone in a statement issued in Srinagar deplored that it had been more than 10 months since Mirwaiz Umar Farooq had been arbitrarily put under house arrest at his Nigeen House in Srinagar. He said that although Mirwaiz had been repeatedly put under arbitrary house arrest for the past two decades by the occupation authorities but it was the longest period. He said that the authorities should immediately revoke his arbitrary house arrest and set the Mirwaiz free. His civil rights and liberties should be restored, he added. »

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Srinagar, June 12 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, yet another person died of Covid-19 infection, today, taking the toll of the virus related deaths to 54 in the territory.

According to Kashmir Media Service, a 65-year-old man from Sialsui village of Rajouri district succumbed to the deadly disease at Government Medical College Jammu where he was admitted for trauma injuries ten days after testing positive.

“Today morning, the patient died. He was undergoing treatment from past few days,” Medical Superintendent of GMC Jammu, Dr Dara Singh said. »

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