Srinagar, April 05 (KMS): The hope of returning home is fading among hundreds of Kashmiri students who have completed quarantine period in Jaisalmer city of Rajasthan, India, after their return from Iran last month.

Over 100 Kashmiri students, most of them females, have appealed the authorities to help them to return to Kashmir. “With every passing day, we are losing hope,” a fourth year female student at Tehran University of Medical Sciences (TUMS), told Kashmir Observer. “We don’t know if we could ever go back to our homes. We have been left in lurch, abandoned,” she added. »

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Srinagar, April 03 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Freedom League (JKPFL) has expressed concern over the new gazette notification issued by the Indian government regarding the domicile rules.

The JKPFL in a meeting held in Srinagar, today, took stock of the situation and possible fallout of the new order issued by Modi government with the intent to change the identity and separate character of Jammu and Kashmir. »

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Srinagar, March 22 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, unknown gunmen shot at and injured a youth in Turigam village of South Kashmir’s Kulgam district.

The unidentified gunmen fired upon one Waseem Ahmad, aged 28, from a point blank range at his house in Turigam, a police officer said.

Waseem received bullet wounds in his legs and was shifted to District Hospital, Kulgam, for treatment. »

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Srinagar, March 21 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, family members of detainees and human rights activists have demanded the immediate release of the Kashmiri prisoners lodged in different jails in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak that has gripped the entire world.

Since repeal of special status of occupied Kashmir in August, last year, thousands of people have been illegally detained hundreds of them under the draconian Public Safety Act (PSA).

Kashmiri youth are frequently arrested and put behind the bars for holding peaceful anti-India protest demonstration. »

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Srinagar, March 19 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Grand Mufti, Nasir-ul-Islam has urged the authorities to release Kashmiri political detainees lodged in various jails of India and the territory.

Mufti Nasir-ul-Islam in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the authorities should understand the emergency situation regarding the coronavirus and they should immediately shift prisoners with small offences to their homes. “Srinagar, Central Jail is most vulnerable to coronavirus”, he added.

Mufti Nasir-ul-Islam also said that he had called all religious leaders on Saturday to discuss the prevailing situation amid coronavirus threat in the Valley. »

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Srinagar, March 15 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, a team of the Press Council of India arrived in Srinagar to analyze for itself the situation arising out of gag on media and difficulties faced by local journalists amid ongoing military lockdown and internet ban in the territory.

A three-member team of the Press Council of India headed by Balwinder Singh and comprising Kamal Nain Narang and Syed Raza Hussain Rizvi as its members arrived in Srinagar on a four-day visit to the territory. »

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Geneva, March 15 (KMS): International Human Rights Association of American Minorities (IHRAAM) organised a panel discussion “Democratic Despotism and Crimes Violations of Self-Determination” on the sidelines of the 43rd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva.

The panelists, in a lively interaction, detailed the Kashmir dispute, Alaska and Hawaii, referencing other cases in the world where the right to self-determination is denied and suppressed, when in fact it could be used as a conflict prevention strategy. »

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Srinagar, March 15 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Private Schools Association Jammu and Kashmir (PSAJK) has urged the authorities to immediately restore the high-speed mobile internet connectivity as students are continuously being denied the right to education, both in offline and online mode.

The Association said that it was extremely saddening to see that authorities didn’t have an iota of concern to help students at this crucial juncture. “They are always at the forefront of closing down educational institutes. Be it curfews, post-August situation or now coronavirus scare, our children have been denied education for the last more than seven months,” said G N Var, President of PSAJK. »

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Geneva, March 12 (KMS): Eight prominent international human rights organizations have expressed grave concern over the prevailing grim human rights situation in occupied Kashmir where the Indian authorities continue to impose lockdown for the past over seven months.

The concern has been articulated by Amnesty International, Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development, CIVICUS – World Alliance for Citizen Participation, Human Rights Watch, International Commission of Jurists, International Federation for Human Rights Leagues, International Service for Human Rights and World Organisation Against Torture in a joint statement in Geneva. »

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Srinagar, March 08 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, through a number of posters appearing in different areas of the Kashmir Valley and Jammu, people have been asked to come down heavily on local collaborators of India’s Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and other Hindu extremist organizations, involved in massacre of Muslims in the territory.

The posters on behalf of Jammu and Kashmir Youth Movement have been pasted on all important places including electricity poles and walls in Srinagar, Doda and other parts of the occupied territory. The posters reminded the Kashmiri people of the tens of thousands of sacrifices rendered by the locals for the freedom cause and urged them not to spare these stooges of the killers of Muslims in Kashmir and India. »

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