Thrissur (Kerala), India, December 11 (KMS): Noted Kashmiri journalist, writer and the executive editor of Kashmir Times, Anuradha Bhasin, has said that as all means of communications have been restricted, the media in occupied Kashmir are struggling for survival like a patient on ventilator.

Anuradha Bhasin said this while addressing a seminar on ‘Media Freedom for Kashmir’ organised at Thrissur in Indian state of Kerala by the Kerala Media Academy in association with the Kerala Union of working Journalists (KUWJ).

“Media persons in Kashmir have to negotiate with silence as communications systems including the Internet and cellphones have been restricted. There are restrictions for travelling too,” she said. »

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Islamabad, Nov 22 (KMS): Delegates at a two-day international conference on Jammu & Kashmir dispute held in Ankara on November 20-21 urged India to lift blockade in the occupied Valley, respect human rights and resolve the Kashmir issue peacefully through dialogue.
The conference, which concluded on Thursday, was jointly organized by Lahore Center for Peace Research and Institute of Strategic Thinking under the theme “Kashmir Turmoil: Emerging Threats to Peace and Role of International Community”, a message received here from Ankara said.
Leading scholars, parliamentarians, academicians, researchers, journalists and writers from across the world attended the event that discussed the historical, legal, political, security and human rights dimensions of the Jammu & Kashmir dispute. »

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Srinagar, October 14 (KMS): A joint delegation of the Jamaat-e-Islami, India, and the civil society has raised concerns over the prevailing situation in occupied Kashmir, and also the impact of communication clampdown on the Kashmiri people.

The delegation visited Srinagar, Baramulla and Pulwama and met social activists, lawyers, representatives of NGOs and religious organisations. »

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Islamabad, October 05 (KMS): The All Parties Hurriyat Conference Azad Jammu and Kashmir (APHC-AJK) chapter held an extra-ordinary meeting in Islamabad with its Convener, Syed Abdullah Gilani, in chair.

The Hurriyat leaders on the occasion strongly condemned the continued lockdown and communication blockade by the Indian government in occupied Kashmir.

They said that the lockdown and communication blockade continued for last over 60 days and the people of Kashmir were facing severe hardships including shortage of edibles and medicines. They said that Indian forces’ personnel were barging into the residential houses and arresting youth besides damaging households and torturing inmates including women. »

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New York, Sept 26 (KMS): Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has reiterated his country’s resolve to defend the rights of Muslims living in Occupied Jammu and Kashmir including freedom of speech and movement.
Addressing an event titled “Combating Hate Speech” co-hosted by Pakistan and Turkey on the sidelines of UN General Assembly in New York on Wednesday, Erdogan said Kashmir has turned into an open-air prison and its residents have become prisoners.
“Responsibility falls on all [foreign] state institutions,” said the Turkish president, and urged more active steps on regional and international levels over the issue. He called on international institutions, technology companies, education institutions, media, and non-governmental organisations to step forward and help resolve the dispute.
Erdogan also criticised India’s foreign minister and the country’s envoys in Turkey for expressing discomfort over Ankara’s approach to the Kashmir issue. »

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Brussels, Sept 14 (KMS): Members of the European Union Parliament called for trade and travel sanctions on India over the alarming human rights situation in Indian-occupied Kashmir.
The Co-Chair of the Friends of Kashmir Group in the EU parliament, Richard Corbett, called for utilising all possible means to mount pressure on India to ease the military curfew in occupied Kashmir.
He proposed the imposition of trade sanctions on New Delhi and restrictions on the travel of those involved in committing human rights violations and acts of terrorism in Indian occupied Kashmir. »

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Hyderabad, August 26 (KMS: Communist Party of India (CPI) General Secretary D Raja has said that the situation in occupied Kashmir was much worse than it is perceived outside the territory.

D Raja, who was part of Rahul Gandhi’s delegation intending to visit occupied Kashmir recently in a statement issued in Hyderabad, said people are suffering and have no access to food, medicines and other essentials. A part of the Opposition delegation that visited Srinagar was forced to return from the airport, he deplored.

Raja said the abrogation of provisions of Article 370 by the Modi government was not only undemocratic but also unconstitutional. “One the one hand, the Modi government has brought Kashmir at par with other states as per the Constitution, but at the same time it is unwilling to apply the Constitution to Kashmir”. »

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New Delhi, August 17 (KMS): The Indian National Congress has said that the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), which held a closed-door consultation on Kashmir developments, was a grave diplomatic and strategic failure of the BJP government.

Congress Spokesperson, Abhishek Manu Singhvi talking to reporters at party’s central office in New Delhi said that the closed-door meeting was a matter of great concern to the entire India.

“We are extremely disturbed, indeed shocked, at what we see happening at the UN. We view it as a matter of great concern to the entire India, to every citizen of India,” he added. »

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New York, August 17 (KMS): Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Maleeha Lodhi, has said that the United Nations Security Council meeting has allowed the voice of the people of occupied Kashmir to be heard in the highest diplomatic forum of the world.

Maleeha Lodhi speaking to reporters outside her chamber after the UN Security Council meeting on the Kashmir dispute said, “The voice of the Kashmiri people have been heard today. The fact that this meeting took place is testimony to the fact that this is an internationally-recognised dispute. This meeting has reaffirmed the validity of the UNSC resolutions on the status of Jammu and Kashmir.” »

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Islamabad, August 16 (KMS): Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Friday thanked the permanent and non-permanent member countries of the United Nations for accepting Kashmir an international dispute.

Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, he said that India tried to create hurdles in the UN Security Council meeting, adding that today’s UNSC meeting proved Kashmir is internationally-recognised dispute.

The minister said that it is a historic moment that the world’s highest forum has specifically discussed the Kashmir issue and the prevailing grim human rights situation in occupied Kashmir, adding that it is rare for the Security Council to discuss Kashmir, which has been divided between India and Pakistan since independence from Britain in 1947. »

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