Srinagar, October 14 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, a group of Muslim delegation in the garb of Sufi clerics from India, apparently on a mission to placate Kashmiris, were heckled, ‘greeted’ with anti-India slogans and forced to beat a retreat during a visit to Srinagar’s Hazratbal shrine.

The protesters knew that the Indian government was playing a Sufi card to divide Kashmiris on sectarian lines. That the Sufi clerics faced such hostility at the renowned shrine was a measure of the public anger at the August 5 revocation of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status. »

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Srinagar, October 14 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the situation remains unchanged in the Kashmir Valley and Muslims majority areas of Jammu region where military lockdown and communications blackout entered 71st day, today.

Although the occupation authorities have announced to restore some landline and postpaid phones, yet people are finding it hard to come to terms with the ongoing state of affairs due to restrictions and clampdown.

Main markets are shut and public transport is off the roads. Barring a few officials, no one is turning up to offices and educational institutions. Some shops do open for few hours during morning and evening and also roadside vendors are seen on various places doing businesses, but they fail to cater to the needs of general public. People are keeping their shops closed throughout the day and are not attending offices as an act of resistance against the Indian occupation and its Aug 5 unilateral action. »

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New Delhi, September 29 (KMS): Termination of the special status for Kashmir and the bifurcation of the territory has put the people under great political stress and opened chances of international intervention, declared meeting on Kashmir held in New Delhi.

The statement issued by the Centre for Peace and Progress (CPP) at the end of the discussion, said, “Fifty-five days since the siege began, especially in Kashmir valley but also in Jammu, repressive measures are still in place. Violations of human rights are naturally a routine in an atmosphere of communications and media lockdown. The people too have begun to protest by withholding their participation in normal everyday life. »

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New York, September 29 (KMS): Pakistan submitted its right to reply in the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in response to Indian remarks on Prime Minister Imran Khan’s speech.

In response to First Secretary of the Indian External Affairs Ministry Vidisha Maitra, Zulqarnain Chheena, a diplomat of the Pakistani mission, while exercising his right to reply, said PM Imran had exposed the real cruel face of Indian state terrorism before the world community.

Chheena said India is committing state terrorism in occupied Jammu and Kashmir for the last thirty years. He added that the Indian government was carrying forward the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) agenda. “The killers of Mahatma Gandhi are now ruining the secular face of India in occupied Kashmir,” he asserted. »

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United Nations, September 26 (KMS) – Members of the Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation’s Contact Group on Kashmir have expressed their complete solidarity with the suffering Kashmiri people and asked India to lift repressive lockdown as well as rescind its illegal annexation of the disputed territory.

Briefing journalists after the ministerial meeting, which took place on the sidelines of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that the unanimous adoption of the communique represented a positive development and had given a boost to Pakistan’s intense diplomatic campaign to push for a settlement of the decades-old Kashmir dispute. »

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Brussels, September 25 (KMS): The European Union has called for an immediate political dialogue process between India and Pakistan with the involvement of the people of Kashmir.

In response to a letter dispatched by Chairman of Kashmir Council Europe (KC-EU) Ali Raza Syed to the President of European Commission, EU External Action Service (EU’s Foreign Ministry) said, the EU is closely following the situation in the region.

The reply to Chairman KC-EU was sent by Dietmar Krissler, the head of Pakistan-Afghanistan Division at Directorate of Asia and Pacific of External Action Service on the behalf of President European Commission. »

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Srinagar, September 19 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, India is even suppressing prayer leaders (pesh imams) as it has arrested several clerics and is monitoring mosques, sparking concerns of a religious crackdown.

Mohammed Ameen, a prayer leader at Jamia Masjid in Awantipora, Pulwama, was taken away by Indian police in August before Eid-ul-Azha. It was a dark Eid for her 11-year-old daughter, Saeed Mutaiba, as she returned home from a brief vacation at her grandfather’s house and knew about arrest of her father.

She, her mother and her 6-year-old brother have repeatedly visited the police station to appeal for his release but to no avail.

In June, the police arrested a cleric in Kupwara district. In March, two imams in Pulwama were arrested. The head of a religious body was denied a passport. Since August 5, policemen in plainclothes are also recording the Juma sermons, law enforcement officials concede. On Eid, Jamia Masjid and the Hazratbal Shrine – two of Kashmir’s most iconic Muslim religious places – were shut. »

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Washington, September 17 (KMS): Three Nobel Prize Laureates, Mairead Maguire, Tawakkol Abdel-Salam Karman and Shirin Ebadi have called on Washington-based Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to rescind its award to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for blatant basic human rights violations in occupied Kashmir, attacks on minorities in India and his role in horrific massacre of Gujarat.

The Nobel Prize Laureates in their joint letter, said, “… we were deeply disturbed to discover that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will be giving an award to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi later this month.”

“Under Prime Minister Modi’s leadership, India has descended into dangerous and deadly chaos that has consistently undermined human rights, democracy. »

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London, September 05 (KMS): The Pakistan High Commissioner in Britain, Mohammad Nafees Zakaria, facilitated by the All-Party Parliamentary Kashmir Group (APPKG) in the House of Commons held a meeting with a large number of UK parliamentarians and apprised them of the prevailing situation of occupied Kashmir.

The High Commissioner briefed the British parliamentarians on the tragic human rights situation and the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the occupied territory. He said that since 5th August 2019, in particular, and for the past seven decades in general, Indian governments had been perpetrating grave human rights violations in the territory. »

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New Delhi, August 18 (KMS): Six petitioners, including two former high-ranking military officers, have approached the Supreme Court of India to challenge the Indian government move to scrap Jammu and Kashmir’s special status under Article 370 and bifurcate it into two union territories.

The petitions, including those filed by former Air Vice Marshal Kapil Kak and retired Major General Ashok Mehra, said taking such a legislative step without the affirmation or sanction of the people of Kashmir violated the constitutional imperative of Jammu and Kashmir. »

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