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 07 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the people particularly the residents of the Kashmir Valley continue to suffer immensely due to continued military lockdown, which entered 125th straight day, today.

The imposition of restrictions under Section 144 in the territory and deployment massive deployment of Indian troops in every nook and corner of the occupied territory has created a sense of fear among the local people.

The ban on internet, text messaging and prepaid mobile connections remains in force and the restoration of some means of communications, such as landline phones and postpaid mobile services, could not provide any respite to the people. »

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Srinagar, December 06 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the authorities did not allow people to offer Juma prayers at historic Jamia Masjid in Srinagar and other main mosques and shrines of the territory on the 18th consecutive week, today.

The authorities have not allowed Juma prayers at Jamia Masjid and other main mosques of the territory since August 05 when Narendra Modi-led Indian government repealed special status of occupied Kashmir and put the territory under lockdown.

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Srinagar, December 05 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Kashmir Valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu and Ladakh regions continue to simmer with anger as military lockdown has entered 123rd running day, today.

Restrictions under section 144 remain enforced amid huge presence of Indian troops. Over eight million residents of the Valley are particularly bearing the brunt of the lockdown. Internet services, prepaid mobile phones and SMS remain snapped in the occupied territory. The continued absence of Internet service has cut off people not only from their surroundings but also from the world. It has also badly affected businesses, education of students and working of journalists. »

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Srinagar, December 03 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, an atmosphere of fear and intimidation continues to prevail in the Kashmir Valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu region as Indian military lockdown entered 121st straight day, today.

Restrictions under Section 144 are enforced amid continued heavy military presence. Internet across all platforms and prepaid cellular networks are shut and messaging continues to remain suspended.

People in the besieged Valley continue to observe civil disobedience to show their resistance to the August 5 illegal moves adopted by the Indian government in IOK. As part of this movement, Kashmiris don’t open their shops except for a few hours in the morning or evening. They also stay away from schools and offices. Public transport largely remains off the roads as well. »

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Srinagar, December 02 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, 120 days on, situation remains more or less the same particularly in the Kashmir Valley and parts of Jammu region on 120th day of lockdown and internet shutdown.

Two Kashmiri youth from Kupwara and Srinagar areas were shifted to Srinagar Central Jail after being booked by authorities under draconian law, PSA. Muhammad Afzal Lone and Fayaz Ahmed Ganaie were apparently arrested by police on charges of arranging anti-India protests and stone-pelting. »

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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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Srinagar, November 30 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the grim ground situation remains unchanged in the Kashmir Valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu and Ladakh regions due to unrelenting lockdown and military siege on 118th consecutive day, today.

The environment of fear and uncertainty continues to prevail due to heavy deployment of Indian troops and police personnel. People continue to suffer immensely owing to restrictions imposed under section 144 and suspension of prepaid mobile and internet services. Although landline phones and voice calls on postpaid connections have been restored partially but the move could not provide any respite to the masses. »

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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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Jammu, November 30 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, various Sikh bodies have hailed the efforts of Concerted Citizen Group (CCG) headed by Yashwani Sinha, former Indian Minister as well as Bangladesh-Bharat-Pakistan Peoples Forum and J&K Forum for Peace & Territorial Integrity of J&K for demanding restoration of special status of Kashmir.

These Sikh bodies included Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) Sikh Intellectuals Circle, Shiromani Akali Dal (Kashmir), International Sikh Federation and Sikh Students Federations. »

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