Kashmir at risk of exploding anytime

Srinagar, October 20 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the people of Kashmir Valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu region continue to reel under military clampdown and internet blackout on the 77th consecutive day, today.

People particularly patients and doctors are facing difficulties in reaching the hospitals in the absence of public transport. Shops and other business establishments continue to remain shut most of the time as a silent protest against India’s brutal actions in the territory. The historic Jamia Masjid of Srinagar remains closed for devotees since 5th August. A large number of Indian forces’ personnel are deployed in and outside the Jamia Market. Students continue to stay away from their classes despite the Indian government has announced to open the educational institutions.

Hong Kong-based English daily South China Morning Post in its article says that Kashmir feels like it is at risk of exploding at any time, after India announced the revocation of its special status on 5th August. It says that normal life is non-existent for civilians in the occupied territory. The newspaper maintained that there is a feeling of vulnerability, fear and hopelessness among the journalists of Kashmir. »

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New Delhi, October 20 (KMS): India has decided to cancel a two-day official visit to Turkey by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan openly raised Kashmir at the UN General Assembly and his country backing Pakistan at the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) meet in Paris. »

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Southampton, UK, October 20 (KMS): Members of the Kashmiri community, their friends and well-wishers held a ‘Kashmir Freedom March’ to raise awareness of the violations of human rights in occupied Kashmir

The march began at the 02 Guildhall, West Marlands Road and concluded at the Bargate, High Street.

The protesters of all ages showed their support for the people of the territory with flags and placards stating “Time for the UN to act for Kashmir” and “India stop torture in occupied Kashmir”. »

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Srinagar, October 20 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the people of Kashmir Valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu region continue to reel under military clampdown and internet suspension on the 77th consecutive day, today.

Normal life remains paralyzed due to restrictions and gag on internet and cellular services except for partial restoration of postpaid and landline phones.

People continue to observe shutdown as a silent protest against India’s brutal actions in the territory. Shops and business establishments remain closed most of the time except for few hours in the morning and evening. People particularly patients and doctors are facing difficulties in reaching the hospitals in the absence of public transport. »

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Srinagar, October 20 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the High Court, hearing a petition challenging detention of the High Court Bar Association President, Mian Abdul Qayoom, has fixed October 31 as next date for hearing of the case.

Mian Abdul Qayoom Qayoom was arrested by Indian police after the Modi-led BJP government scrapped special status of occupied Kashmir on August 5 and was detained under draconian Public Safety Act (PSA) and shifted to Agra jail in India.

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French daily’s eyewitness account of post Aug 5 events

Paris, October 20 (KMS): The French daily, LE FIGARO, published a full page feature article on Kashmir, carrying an eyewitness account by one of its reporters, Derville, Emmanuel, of the situation in occupied Kashmir emerged after imposition of military clampdown and communications blockade by the Indian government on since August 5.

The article was published at the same time when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on a visit to France. The French journalist, Emmanuel Derville, was one of the first foreign journalists to get permission to visit the Kashmir Valley to report perhaps because of a citizen of India’s friendly country. »

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Film depicts pain, agony and sufferings of Kashmiri people

New Delhi, October 20 (KMS): A documentary titled, “Forced labour under the largest democracy” was released at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi on the occasion of a programme organized to express solidarity with the Kashmiri people.

During the release of the film, the director of the film, Shafkat Raina briefed the audience about the nature of forced labour that was conducted by the Indian troops in Kashmir during the ’90s.

Further, the filmmaker told the audience about the circumstances and the negative effects that this forced labour had on the psyche and life of the victims. »

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London, October 20 (KMS): A large-scale protest march will be held outside the Indian High Commission in London on October 27, the day which Kashmiri people observe as Black Day every year.

Thousands of British Kashmiris, their friends and sympathizers will take part in the ‘Free Kashmir’ march.

It was on October 27 in 1947 when Indian troops had invaded Jammu and Kashmir and occupied it in total disregard to the Partition Plan of the Subcontinent and against the Kashmiris’ aspirations. »

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AI documents arbitrary detentions, torture in Kashmir

Srinagar, October 19 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the people of Kashmir Valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu region continue to suffer immensely due to strict military siege imposed by India.

Normal life remains crippled on the 76th consecutive day, today, in the Kashmir Valley and parts of Jammu due to restrictions and gag on internet and prepaid mobile services. Despite the Indian authorities’ efforts to restore normalcy in occupied Kashmir, people continue to observe shutdown as a silent protest against India’s recent actions in the territory. Shops and business establishments remain closed most of the time except for few hours in the morning and evening while public transport is off the roads.

The Indian authorities tried to hoodwink the world community about the prevailing situation of the territory by announcing opening of educational institutions but failed in their designs as the parents are reluctant to send their wards to schools, colleges and universities, fearing for their safety. The authorities have also deputed magistrates in educational institutions across occupied Kashmir to monitor the activities of students. »

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Washington, October 19 (KMS): Ahead of a crucial US Congressional hearing on South Asia on Tuesday (October 22) which will focus on the Kashmir Valley, the Kashmiri Diaspora is briefing key rights activists about the prevailing situation in occupied Kashmir.

The Kashmir Human Rights Foundation (KHRF), a California-based not-for-profit organisation, recently held a briefing in Capitol Hill to share insight on the situation in occupied Kashmir.

The congressional hearing is being organised under the auspices of a Subcommittee of the US House of Representatives and the topic for discussion is human rights in South Asia. »

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