2020 June 15 » Kashmir Media Service

Srinagar, June 15 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the deadly coronavirus pandemic has spread its tentacles across more than 188 countries infecting nearly 8 million people worldwide, while Indian occupied Kashmir is stuck with a daily dose of military violence, cordon and search operations, killings and arrests.

Despite multiple calls for a ceasefire by the UN since the beginning of 2020 amid the pandemic, hundreds of cordon and search operations and killings have taken place in Kashmir in which over a hundred youth have been killed by Indian occupation forces.

More than 30 structures have also been destroyed and damaged by Indian troops. »

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Srinagar, June 15 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the authorities on Monday ordered the partial opening of Mughal Road – the alternative road connecting the valley with rest of the world– for transportation of fruit produce to markets outside the union territory.

The Mughal Road – the 84-km mountainous road, connecting the twin districts of Poonch and Rajouri in Jammu region with south Kashmir’s Shopian — remains closed for traffic for four-five months every year due to accumulation of snow. »

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Srinagar, June 15 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the new media policy has evoked sharp criticism from journalists.

Many have called it an attempt to kill the independence of journalists and media outlets operating the region, especially Kashmir.

Veteran journalist and former north India correspondent of BBC, Altaf Hussain said it is an attempt to browbeat the media so that they are not able to report facts. »

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Srinagar June 15 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, a group of Pakistani origin Kashmiri brides, who had returned under the IOK administration’s rehabilitation programme, staged a protest in Srinagar, today, seeking their rights and travel documents to visit Pakistan.

At least 350 women, who arrived in Kashmir during the past decade along with their husbands, said that the Indian authorities were denying them travel documents to visit their parents in Pakistan. Out of the 350 families that returned under this policy, around 50 women have already been either widowed or divorced and are in Kashmir without any support, they said. »

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Srinagar, June 15 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, senior Hurriyat leader Professor Abdul Ghani Butt while expressing solidarity with Kashmiri journalists has said that the new media policy announced by India is a clear attack on journalism and freedom of press in the territory.

Professor Abdul Ghani Butt during a meeting with a team of Journalists in Srinagar said, “We are in complete solidarity with journalists and the recent announcement of Indian media policy is clear attack on journalism and freedom of press.”

He maintained that the freedom of expression and freedom of press was the basic right and there would be suffocation without it. “Under the new policy, the [Indian] government would monitor the published and broadcast material,” he added. »

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Srinagar, June 15 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani, Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Chairman, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai and illegally detained senior APHC leader Masarrat Aalam Butt continue to serve as beacons of light and symbols of resistance against brutal Indian occupation of Jammu and Kashmir.

Masarat Alam held again after release from jailAccording to a survey conducted by a group of Srinagar-based media men with the coordination of Kashmir Media Service, the three leaders live in Kashmiris’ hearts and minds because of their courage and fearlessness, and the fact that they have kept the banner of freedom aloft in all testing times and trying conditions.

The survey mentions that India is frustrated by growing popularity of the all three towering personalities since they command widespread respect among the Kashmiris for their unwavering stance on the Kashmir dispute..

The survey says that above-mentioned leaders live in Kashmiris’ hearts and minds as they have kept the banner of freedom aloft in all testing times and trying conditions. The research mentions that Gilani, Sehari and Masarrat continue to inspire the Kashmiri people for being passionate advocates of accession of Jammu and Kashmir to Pakistan. »

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Islamabad, June 15 (KMS): The All Parties Hurriyat Conference Azad Jammu and Kashmir APHC-AJK chapter in an extraordinary meeting in Islamabad, today, maintained that the letter circulated on social media is fake and concocted.

The meeting termed the fake letter attributed to APHC Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani, as a conspiracy of Indian secret agencies aimed at maligning the pious movement of the people of Kashmir.

They said, the people involved in circulating the fake letter are the worst enemies of the Kashmir people who do not realise what India is doing. They said the circulation of fake letter attributed to Syed Ali Gilani by the Indian agencies is to divert the attention of the international community from the extra-judicial killings of Kashmiri youth and demographic changes initiated by the Indian forces. »

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Srinagar, June 15 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, two more persons, a 76-year-old man from Srinagar and an 18-year-old from Kupwara, died of Covid-19, taking the number of fatalities due to the deadly virus in the territory to 62.

The teenager from Handwara area of Kupwara, who was admitted to SMHS Hospital in Srinagar, died early today morning. He is the youngest among the 62 persons who have succumbed to the coronavirus in the occupied territory so far. The teenager’s death also takes the fatality count of Kupwara due to the virus to five. »

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Srinagar, June 15 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, CPI-M leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami while terming India’s new media policy for Jammu and Kashmir as an attempt to throttle freedom of speech and expression has said that the move has spread unease among the journalists working in the territory.

Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami in a statement in Srinagar said, the framers of this policy have given a clear picture that they don’t want journalists answerable to their readers and editors, but to bureaucrats and military officials, who will have the powers to decide which news item is ‘fake, unethical, plagiarized’ or ‘anti-national’.

The policy, he added, has been framed with an aim to give the authorities a free hand to muzzle freedom of press in the occupied territory. »

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Srinagar, June 15 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, All Parties Hurriyat Conference leader and Chairperson of the Muslim Khawateen Markaz, Yasmeen Raja, and  Chairman of Youth Social Forum, Umar Aadil Dar have paid glowing tributes to Tasaduq Ameen Shah on his martyrdom anniversary.

Yasmeen Raja and Umar Aadil Dar in their separate statements in Srinagar said that Kashmiri people were heavily indebted to the great sacrifices of their martyrs. They said reiterated that the people of Kashmir would continue to pursue the martyrs’ mission till its logical conclusion. »

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