Arrest spree depicts frustration of Indian authorities: Gilani

Srinagar, July 17 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism martyred three Kashmiri youth during a cordon and search operation in Nagnad Chimmer area of Kulgam district, today.

Earlier, three Indian soldiers were critically injured in an attack in the same area. The troops also continued similar operations in Srinagar, Badgam, Ganderbal, Kupwara, Kulgam, Islamabad, Pulwama, Shopian, Kishtwar, Doda, Ramban, Rajouri, Poonch and other areas of the territory. The occupation authorities imposed strict restrictions in Srinagar and several other parts of the Kashmir Valley to stop people from anti-India demonstrations and offering Juma prayers, today.

The veteran Hurriyat leader, Syed Ali Gilani, in a tweet said the arrest spree including detention of Ameer Hamza, General Secretary of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Jammu and Kashmir, is yet another act of desperation and frustration by the occupation authorities. He said that such actions would only strengthen the Kashmiris’ resolve for right to self-determination. »

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Srinagar, July 17 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the authorities imposed curfew and strict restrictions in Srinagar and several other parts of the Kashmir Valley to stop people from anti-India demonstrations.

The Indian forces’ personnel sealed several areas and roads in Srinagar and other towns and villages to stop people from holding demonstrations against the continued Indian state terrorism.

The troops also sealed all entry and exit points of Soura area of Srinagar and and launched door to door searches.

The troops along with paramilitary and police personnel continued their cordon and search operations in Srinagar, Budgam, Ganderbal, Kupwara, Kulgam, Islamabad, Pulwama, Shopian, Kishtwar, Doda, Ramban, Rajouri, Poonch and several other towns and villages of the territory. »

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Islamabad, July 17 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the veteran Hurriyat leader, Syed Ali Gilani has strongly condemned the fresh arrest spree by Indian troops and police in the territory.

Syed Ali Gilani in a tweet in Srinagar said that the arrest of Ameer Hamza, General Secretary of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Jammu and Kashmir, was yet another act of desperation and frustration by the authorities. He said, “It will only strengthen our resolve for right to self-determination.”

Indian troops arrested over a dozen people including Ameer Hamza from different areas of the territory.

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Indian forces allowed to build permanent settlements

Srinagar, July 17 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the authorities today approved new policy under which any area can be notified as “strategic areas” where the Indian armed forces can carry out unhindered constructions and other related activities.

The authorities today approved amendment to the Control of Building Operations Act, 1988 and the J&K Development Act, 1970 to allow notifying any areas in the territory as “strategic areas”. This means that the land on which existing camps/ cantonments of the Indian armed forces located in various areas (which are notified as strategic areas) or where new camps/ cantonments they think is important would be acquired.

The constructions that are carried out would be permanent. There would be residential blocks for the troops and their families. Till now only a few camps were family stations. Many camps of Indian forces currently are based in private properties like orchards, houses, government properties and are thus temporary. An entire area can now be designated as strategic area which can be taken over and developed for the use of armed forces and their families etc.

The authorities also accorded sanction to the proposal of Housing & Urban Development Department for adoption and notification of J&K Housing, Affordable Housing, Slum Redevelopment and Rehabilitation and Township Policy, 2020. The target of this new policy is to come up with 2 lakh houses. As per the plans, the authorities have set an initial target to construct one lac dwelling units over the next 5 years.

According to an official statement, the policy envisages seven models of housing, ranging from “in-situ slum redevelopment to integrated township. These dwellings and townships, as per the new policy, will be built through public-private partnership which means housing construction companies and private builders will be given contracts for this.

As per the statement there will also be a scheme for rentals housing “in which Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) families will be given dwelling unit on license basis for occupation and use for a particular period on making initial deposit and monthly charges”.

The contours of this new housing policy, however, are not immediately known because the authorities haven’t made the policy documents public yet. But whatever information is available, it is clear that this Housing policy too is a major step forward to implement the plans set by the Modi government’s decisions taken on August 5, 2019.

Courtesy: Muzammil Jalil

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Srinagar, July 17 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, senior APHC leader and the President of Jammu and Kashmir Anjuman Sharie Shian, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi, was admitted to a hospital in Srinagar, yesterday, after he faced some health problems.

A medico told media men that Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi has been tested positive for COVID-19 and he has been admitted for pneumonia and heart ailment in the hospital. He said that the condition of the APHC leader was stable.

 The family members of Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi have said that his condition is stable and he is undergoing treatment in the hospital. They appealed to the people to pray Agha Sahib’s speedy recovery. »

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Srinagar, July 17 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) has urged the United Nations (UN) and the international community to take solid step for the resolution of the Kashmir dispute as it poses a serious threat to the peace and economic development of South Asia and the world.

The APHC spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar strongly condemned the curfew and restrictions imposed in occupied Kashmir, today, and asked the UN and world to play role in creating an environment conducive for the resolution of the lingering dispute.

He also asked the world community to impress upon fascist Modi government to shun its stubborn and military attitude and accept ground reality regarding the Kashmir dispute. »

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PeopleUnsafeInTheirHousesInIOJK

Srinagar, July 17 (KMS): When the people across the world are being asked to Stay home, Stay safe, the same is not applicable to the people of occupied Kashmir who are even being targeted by Indian forces insides their houses.

An analytical report released by the Research Section of Kashmir Media Service, today, said that the lives and properties of the people in occupied Kashmir were unsafe due to heavy presence of Indian troops and police. The report said that barging into houses, harassing and arresting the inmates and vandalizing property was a routine matter for the occupational forces. »

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Islamabad, July 17 (KMS): Speakers at a live webinar have said that the India’s nefarious design aimed at bringing material change in the region will have devastating impact on political, economic and cultural identity of the Kashmiri people.

The webinar titled “Demographic Changes in Indian occupied Kashmir & Its impact on Indigenous Population” was hosted by the Kashmir Institute of International Relations (KIIR).

It was attended and addressed by Ambassador (Retd) Zamir Akram, Andrew Gwynne, Prof. Mehmut Sukru Guzel, Mirza Saaib Beg, Syed Waqas Ali Kausar, Endre Barcs and others. The event was moderated by the KIIR Chairman, Altaf Hussain Wani. »

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Farewell get-together at Brussels Press Club

Brussels/London; July 17 (KMS): The President of the All Parties Group on Kashmir – European Parliament (APGK), Professor Klaus Buchner together with Organisation of Kashmir Coalition (OKC) held an informal farewell get-together at the Brussels Press Club.

The farewell event was attended by a good number of invited guests included MEPs, jurists, scholars, civil society members and Kashmiri and Pakistani diaspora.

All the speakers at the event paid rich tribute to Professor Buchner for his impeccable human rights and social sciences work that he carried out as a member of the European Parliament. »

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Srinagar, July 17 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Hurriyat forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has demanded release of all illegally detained Kashmiris in view of the rising positive cases of COVID-19 in jails and detention centres across the territory.

The Hurriyat forum in a statement issued in Srinagar expressed serious concern over the worrying situation across the world in general and occupied Kashmir in particular due to alarming increase in novel coronavirus cases.

It said that there had been over one hundred COVID-19 positive cases in Islamabad district jail where mostly youth and those associated with pro-freedom parties had been detained. »

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