Jammu, January 02 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, speakers at a round table conference in Jammu demanded an immediate end to the lockdown and creation of a conducive atmosphere for initiating a dialogue process among Pakistan, India and the people of Kashmir for permanent resolution of the Kashmir dispute.

Addressing the conference organised by Kolkata-based Centre for Peace and Progress at Gurjardesh Charitable Trust, Jammu, APHC leader and Chairman of Jammu Kashmir Peoples Movement (JKPM), Mir Shahid Saleem said that repeal of Kashmir’s special status and bifurcating it into union territories by fascist forces in India have plunged Kashmir into a social, political and economic crisis. »

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Islamabad, January 01 (KMS): The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Council for Human Rights, Dr Nazir Gilani visited the APHC-AJK office Islamabad and held meetings with Hurriyat leaders Syed Abdullah Gilani, Syed Faiz Naqshbandi, Mohammad Hussain Khateeb and others.

Speaking on the occasion, APHC-AJK Secretary General Mohammed Hussain Khatib stressed the need for working out a joint strategy for settlement of the Kashmir dispute. He said, “We should move forward with a common approach and our first and last demand should be the achievement of the right to self-determination.”

Dr Nazir Gilani appreciated the proposal and said that ‘we should learn lessons from the past experiences.’

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Mandi Bahauddin, December 30 (KMS): Hurriyat leaders, Abdul Hameed Lone and Muhammad Shafi Dar have denounced the continued military siege and communications blockade by the Indian government in occupied Kashmir.

The Indian government has imposed lockdown and communications blackout in the territory when it repealed its special status and bifurcated it into Union Territories on August 5.

Abdul Hameed Lone and Muhammad Shafi Dar addressing a press conference in Mandi Bahauddin, today, said that India was plotting a massacre in Kashmir on the manner of Myanmar and a conspiracy was being made to deport Kashmiris. »

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Islamabad, December 30 (KMS): APHC-AJK leader and Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Movement Vice Chairman, Abdul Majeed Malik, has cautioned the people of occupied Kashmir particularly those belonging to the Pehari community to beware of the opportunists who while exploiting their Pehari background hold meetings with Indian rulers to get privileges.

Abdul Majeed Malik in a statement issued in Islamabad referred to a meeting of a few people belonging to the Pehari community who met Indian Home Minister Amit Shah and said that these elements did not represent the Pehari community, nor did they have any authority to place demands on behalf of the Pehari people before the Indian rulers. »

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Sialkot, December 30 (KMS): A round-table meeting chaired by Mian Asif Iqbal, former Additional IG Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, was held in Sialkot to discuss the prevailing situation in occupied Kashmir and the role of Kashmiri refugees in the struggle for freedom.

Dr Zahid Ghani Dar, Convener, Jammu and Kashmir Freedom Movement, in his opening address, said that the freedom struggle had entered its crucial phase where political and resistance leadership would have to make decisions on urgent basis. He said that the Modi government had deprived the Kashmiri refugees of the right to citizenship following abrogation of 370 and 35A »

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Multan, December 29 (KMS): Foreign Minister, Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said that the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s controversial anti-Muslim citizenship law has split India into “two schools of thought” and exposed the Indian government’s “Hindutva” mindset.

The Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019, passed by the Indian parliament on December 11, offers citizenship to refugees of several faiths including, Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism but does not grant the same to Muslims.

The statute, deemed “fundamentally discriminatory” by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, has triggered widespread protests in India, of which Qureshi took note in his press conference in Multan, today. »

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Srinagar, December 28 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the High Court has quashed detention orders of three persons booked under draconian law, Public Safety Act (PSA).

The court quashed the detention orders of Javaid Ahmed Parray, Imtiyaz Hussain Mir and Irshad Ahmed Dar after hearing arguments from the counsels of both sides.

Imtiyaz Hussain Mir and Irshad Ahmed Dar, both residents of Sopore area of Baramulla district, were booked under PSA after being labeled as over-ground workers of mujahid organizations. »

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Islamabad, December 27 (KMS): A session was held with the visiting guests from Britain including Chairman of International Commission for Human Rights, Abdul Majeed Tramboo, Chairman of South Asia Centre for Peace and Human Rights, Professor Nazir Ahmad Shawl and the Chairman of Kashmir Youth Assembly, Advocate Zubair Awan, at the office of APHC-AJK chapter in Islamabad, today.

On the occasion, the current situation in occupied Kashmir was thoroughly discussed. The honourable guests said that the people of Kashmir were rendering sacrifices for a cause and the entire world was condemning the Indian atrocities in the territory. »

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Jammu, December 21 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, representatives of several social and political organizations held a meeting in Jammu.

The meeting presided over by APHC leader and the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Movement, Mir Shahid Saleem, thoroughly discussed the situation arising out of the anti-Muslim Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) passed by the Indian parliament.

The participants strongly condemned the anti-minority, especially the anti-Muslim, Bill passed by the BJP government backed by communal forces and described it as a part of larger conspiracy to target the Muslim community in India.

They said that it was on the agenda of BJP and RSS to reduce Muslims to 2nd class citizens and render them politically weak by disenfranchise them. More than 200 million Muslims of India are not going to accept it and they shall fight back against the communal forces to their last drop of blood, they maintained. »

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New Delhi, December 11 (KMS): More than 500 signatories including women, women’s groups and members of women’s movements have condemned the continued clampdown in occupied Kashmir since August 5.

The signatories in statement issued in New Delhi in connection with the World Human Rights Day observed on Tuesday said that more than 125 days later, many in occupied Kashmir were still being held without charges or trial, under administrative detention laws such as the Public Safety Act, while the grounds of detention and whereabouts of a large number, including children as young as ten, remained unknown. It said that an unknown number of people had been moved to prisons outside occupied Kashmir.

The signatories said that while the government declares “that all is ‘normal’”, there was mounting evidence of a healthcare and humanitarian crisis, civilian deaths and blindings and other injuries in pellet gun attacks by Indian forces, torture, molestations, and the severe curtailment of freedom of opinion, expression, and information; assembly and movement; and religious freedoms. »

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