New Delhi, December 11 (KMS): India’s decision to abrogate provisions of Article 370 was unconstitutional since people of Jammu and Kashmir were bypassed as any proposal for altering the constitutional status of Jammu and Kashmir should emanate from its citizens, said one of the petitioners in the Indian Supreme Court.

A five-judge bench headed by Justice N V Ramana, which commenced hearing on batch of pleas challenging the constitutional validity of India’s decision, was told by the petitioner that it was in violation of the Constitution as orders were passed in disregard of consent of people of J&K. »

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Brussels, December 07 (KMS): The Member of European Parliament (MEP), Klaus Buchner, in collaboration with Organisation of Kashmir Coalition (OKC), hosted interactive dialogue seminar in Brussels in connection with International Human Rights Day, observed on 10th December every year.

Frank Schwalba-Hoth, former MEP, in his opening remarks as a moderator of the seminar told the participants that it is befitting to pay huge tribute to the people of occupied Kashmir bearing in mind that they have been subjected to gross human rights violations over the years particularly since 5th August 2019 when the Indian government abrogated special status of Kashmir and divided it into two union territories.

He reminded that the purpose of the abrogation was to ensure the demographic change by installing Hindutva settlements in various shapes and forms in occupied Kashmir. He emphasised that the Kashmir advocacy within the European Union (EU) had to be strategized for 2020 and bring Kashmir on the high agenda of the EU. »

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Srinagar, December 04 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the High Court has quashed the illegal detention of a cancer patient, Parvaiz Ahmed Pala.

Parvaiz Ahmed Pala was facing detention under black law, Public Safety Act, since August 7 and is presently lodged at a jail in Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey of the High Court while quashing the detention of Pala directed the authorities to release him forthwith. »

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Srinagar, November 30 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the residents continue to suffer immensely due to continued snapping of Short Messaging Service (SMS) for the past almost four months.

The consistent suspension of SMS has caused a lot of inconvenience to common people in terms of getting an update about the status of their bank accounts, electricity bills and different mobile service plans.

“I don’t understand why we are being punished like this. It has been four months but there are no signs of SMS and internet restoration,” said Manzoor Hafiz, a resident of Hyderpora area of Srinagar. He said that in absence of SMS, his online password for e-banking got expired, which he could not restore on time.

“I used to get an SMS as a reminder to change my password but for the last four months, I was completely cut off, so I couldn’t change it,” he said. »

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New Delhi, November 30 (KMS): A Delhi-based Kashmiri Pandit organisation, while reacting to a statement of an Indian diplomat in the US for comparing Kashmir with Israel, has said that it is very unfortunate that the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party is misusing plight of their community to score points over the Kashmir dispute.

India’s Consul General in New York City, Sandeep Chakravorty, addressing a gathering of Kashmiri Pandits said that the Modi government would follow Israeli model to settle Hindus in occupied Kashmir. »

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New Delhi, November 27 (KMS): The Indian Supreme Court, today, reserved the judgment on a batch of petitions challenging restrictions imposed on communication, media and telephone services in occupied Kashmir in the wake of the abrogation of the special status of the territory on August 5.

A bench of Justices N V Ramana, R Subhash Reddy, and B R Gavai heard the petitions filed by various petitioners including Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, Kashmir Times Editor Anuradha Bhasin and others.

The petitioners submitted that the restrictions have virtually paralyzed the lives of 7 million people; their daily lives have been impacted, adding that education, medical care, business, agriculture, tourism etc, have taken a bad hit due to the lockdown of the territory. Advocate Vrinda Grover (for Bhasin), Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal (for Azad), Senior Advocate Raju Ramachandran (for Mubeen), Senior Advocates Huzefa Ahmadi and Dushyant Dave (for intervenors) submitted arguments for petitioners. »

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UK lawyers’ body writes latter to Narendra Modi

London, November 22 (KMS): The Bar Council and Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales have raised concern about detentions in occupied Kashmir.

The concern was raised in a letter addressed to the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi (with copy marked to Indian Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad). The Bar said it had come across multiple reports claiming that over 3,000 civilians, including high ranking legal professionals, had been detained since the Indian government’s decision to abrogate Article 370 in August, 2019.

“We are disturbed to hear of the arrest of both the President of the High Court Bar Association of J&K, Mian Abdul Qayoom, and its former president, Nazir Ahmad Ronga, in addition to the arrest of other senior legal professionals including advocates Abdul Salam Rathar (President, Baramulla District Bar Association) and Fayad Sodagar (President, Anantnag (Islamabad) District Bar Association), under the controversial Public Safety Act”, said the letter signed by Richard Atkins, Queen’s Counsel, Chair of the Bar and Schona Jolly, Queen’s Counsel, Chair of the Bar Committee. »

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New Delhi, November 20 (KMS): Senior Advocate Dushyant Dave has submitted before the Indian Supreme Court that the internet shutdown in Kashmir region which has been in existence for over past 106 days is a grave violation of fundamental right to life.

Dave is appearing for Anuradha Bhasin, Executive Editor of Kashmir Times daily, in the Supreme Court. Dave referred to the recent landmark decision of the High Court of Kerala which declared that right to internet was a part of right to life and right to education.

The lawyer submitted that the Indian government itself had recognized internet a basic necessity for education and communication. Despite this, the government has snapped mobile data connections in the Kashmir region, following the abrogation of the special status of J&K on August 5.

Dave added that the right to freedom of speech and expression includes the right to freely circulate ideas. Article 19(1)(a) of the Indian constitution supports democracy but the government is looking to suppress it as everyone has been silenced on the apprehension that everyone is a terrorist. He began his submissions before the bench comprising Justices N V Ramana, Subhash Reddy and B R Gavai by highlighting the delay in the hearing of the matters. »

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‘Losing connection from Chandrayaan or Kashmir is so painful’

Aligarh (India), November 20 (KMS): Indian police have registered an FIR against an Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) Professor and her husband, who lives in Kashmir valley, for posting comments on social media about the agony of being disconnected from the world in occupied Kashmir.

The FIR has been registered against Huma Parveen and her husband Nayeem Showkat on the complaint of Ashok Pandey, a leader of right wing Hindu nationalist political party, Hindu Mahasabha.

The police said that the “they are probing the case”. The complainant, Ashok Pandey, cited two Facebook posts of the couple to support his case. One of the posts, according to the FIR, by Huma Parveen said, “Really, losing connection is so dangerous and painful. Whether it is from Chandrayaan or from Kashmir.” Showkat’s post read, “Toilet is on your mind and Kashmir is in encounter site.” »

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Srinagar, November 19 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, New Delhi-based agency, Enforcement Directorate, on Monday took possession of seven properties belonging to freedom activists.

An ED official told media in Srinagar that the properties were located in Islamabad, Sopore and Bandipora. They were earlier provisionally attached. After confirmation of the orders by the competent authority, the ED officials visited the places and put up notices declaring that the agency has taken over physical possession of the parcels of land, he added. »

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