Srinagar, July 10 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, senior trade leader, Aijaz Shahdar has been unanimously elected as President of the newly formed Kashmir Trade Alliance (KTA).

Aijaz Shahdar, on the occasion of being elected as president, avowed the KTA stance that it had been formed with an aim to revive ailing economy and to address unresolved issues of traders.

According to a statement issued in Srinagar, a convention was held in Srinagar, which was participated by traders and shopkeepers associated with different unions. During the convention several issues were deliberated upon pertaining to traders, particularly post-August 2019 scenario was discussed thoroughly and the sufferings faced by people associated with trade were taken up. »

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Srinagar, July 10 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, news portal ‘The KashmirWalla’ today said that journalism is not a crime after its Editor, Fahad Shah, was questioned over the coverage of a cordon and search operation (CASO) in the Nawakadal area of Srinagar on May 19, this year.

Indian troops had martyred noted mujahid commander, Junaid Sehrai, along with his associate and destroyed at least 19 houses during the military operation in Nawakadal on May 19. The KashmirWalla had given extensive coverage to the military operation.

This was the second time Fahad Shah was questioned on the same matter. The newspaper condemned the fresh summons, maintaining that “journalism is not a crime”. »

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2 men face trial over alleged kidnapping, gunpoint robberySrinagar, July 10 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, giving further push to Bhartiya Janta Party-led Indian government’s attempts to impose Hindi culture on the Kashmiris, the High Court has issued a notice to the authorities on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL), seeking direction to either declare Hindi as official language or one of the languages in the territory.

According to Kashmir Media Service, a division bench of Chief Justice, Gita Mittal and Justice Sanjay Dhar issued the notice after hearing advocates, Priyanshu Sharma and Aditya Sharma on behalf of the petitioners. »

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Srinagar, July 10 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, three persons including a police officer were killed and several persons injured in different road accidents of the territory.

Nazir Ahmad Sofi, working in Police department as Assistant sub-inspector, was killed when he was on way to Srinagar and his motorcycle was hit by a speedy truck on a road in Awantipora area of Pulwama district, police said on Friday. »

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Srinagar, July 10 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Private Schools Association of Jammu and Kashmir (PSAJK) has hailed the individual schools, teachers and other members of the society for starting community schooling in their localities for the benefit of students amidst the current lockdown.

In a statement issued in Srinagar, the spokesman of the Association said, “Our education sector has been almost shut down for last one year due to one reason or another. Our children are the worst sufferers of the situation as some of them have even gone into depression. To mitigate the problems some of the individual schools, teachers and even other respectable members of the society from different fields started community schools in their neighbourhoods. It is a great initiative to save the career of tens of thousands of our students”. »

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Altaf Hussain Wani

The gruesome killing of an unarmed civilian in front of his grandson by the Indian Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on 1st July 2020 in Sopore, north-west of Srinagar, has shocked the world. The images of a shell-shocked, speechless toddler lying on the chest of his dead grandfather were heartbreaking.

This barbaric murder by the Indian occupation forces triggered widespread condemnation and protests by residents and members of civil society from Indian Occupied Kashmir. They continue to plead for justice and an end to the state-sponsored violence which has been a hallmark of the Indian occupation.

The July 01 incident is just a tip of the iceberg. There are scores of such heart-wrenching incidents of state-sponsored violence against Kashmiris during the decades of conflict. Media sanctions imposed by the Indian authorities and the absence of social media, prevents incidents of violence gaining international attention and a cumulative humanitarian response. »

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Islamabad, July 10 (KMS): Federal Minister for Human Rights Dr. Shireen Mazari has written a letter to the United Nations High commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet to apprise her about the situation of human rights violations in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK).

In a letter written on July 6, the Federal Minister expressed grave concern over the illegal annexation of Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir by the India on August 5, 2019. “Your personal commitment to protecting and promoting human rights has been consistent and unwavering due to which I appeal to your respected office to bring to a halt the forcible transfer of civilian populations to and from Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir,” says the letter. »

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Mirpur, July 10 (KMS): Azad Jammu Kashmir Sardar Masood Khan, has said that because of US’s protection to India in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), the latter is operating with absolute impunity in the Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK). This is where, he said, realpolitik is steering dynamics of the Kashmir dispute. Both the US and India have economic and defence partnerships, and this has become a barrier for the US, as it sees the Kashmir dispute through the prism of India, he said.

The AJK President made these remarks while addressing a virtual conference of club members, belonging to different walks of life, of a prestigious IVY League institute. »

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Srinagar, July 09 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the veteran Hurriyat leader, Syed Ali Gilani has hailed the overwhelming response shown by the people of Jammu and Kashmir to his call for the strike on the fourth martyrdom anniversary of prominent Kashmiri youth leader, Burhan Muzaffar Wani.

Syed Ali Gilani in a series of tweets in Srinagar, today, said that the support to the shutdown call had again proven that the resolve of the Kashmiri people to liberate their homeland from Indian occupation remained alive and unwavering. He hoped that the people would also respond to the shutdown call on July 13 with the same zeal and spirit. »

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Islamabad, July 09 (KMS): Speakers at a webinar, eulogizing the role and contribution of popular Kashmiri youth leader, Burhan Muzaffar Wani, said that his martyrdom infused new life to the Kashmiris’ resistance movement.

The webinar was hosted by Kashmir Institute of International Relations (KIIR) in connection with Burhan Wani’s 4th martyrdom anniversary and was addressed by veteran Kashmiri intellectual and writer, Syed Arif Bahar, Hurriyat leader, Syed Yousuf Naseem, Dr Waqas Ali Kouser, Raja Sajad Lateef, Manzoor-ul-Haq Butt, Advocate Parveez Shah and the KIIR chief, Altaf Hussain Wani.

Highlighting the indomitable role and sacrifices of the Kashmiri youth, the speakers said that the unprecedented sacrifices of the Kashmiri youth had centre-staged the Kashmir dispute at the international level.

They observed that Burhan Wani’s martyrdom had triggered mass uprising and the youth of Kashmir expressed their complete unacceptability of Indian control that as a matter of fact posed a big question mark over Indian presence in the territory. »

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