Canadian delegation meets IOK refugees

Muzaffarabad, December 11 (KMS): They have lost their loved ones and their homes. They are the women from Indian occupied Kashmir (IOK) currently housed at the makeshift Ambore refugee camp in Muzaffarabad, capital of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).

Ambore is three camps in one on the outskirts of Muzaffarabad housing 3456 persons (or 594 families). A delegation of human rights activists from Canada met them today at the camp. Led by Zafar Bangash, Convener, Friends of Kashmir Canada, the delegation also includes Dr Jonathan Kuttab, an International Human Rights lawyer, Mrs. Karen Rodman, Founder and Director of the Canadian NGO Just Peace Advocates, and Ms. Michaela Lavis, a Master’s student at York University in Toronto. »

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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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Chandigarh, December 07 (KMS): Amritsar-based Sikh representative organizations, Dal Khalsa, and Shiromani Akali Dal have announced to observe the World Human Rights Day, the 10th December, by holding a sit-in at Lal Chowk in Srinagar, the summer capital of occupied Kashmir.

Dal Khalsa spokesman, Kanwar Pal Singh in a statement in Chandigarh said that the members of the organizations would observe the day with the people of Kashmir, who had suffered human rights abuses. “The fundamental rights of the people of Kashmir are our primary concern and it will be our endeavour to highlight their plight,” he added. »

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Srinagar, December 07 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, from doctors to engineering students lament loss of patient data and access to online courses, as hundreds of Kashmiris have disappeared from WhatsApp groups.

Initially, no one had a clue why it was happening. Those outside Kashmir noticed that their relatives, friends and colleagues were leaving WhatsApp groups in droves. The news came as a shock to citizens from the Kashmir Valley who have not been able to use the Internet for the past over four months. »

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Urges UN Secretary General to save Yasin Malik’s life

Islamabad, December 06 (KMS): The Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front has appealed to the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, to take steps for saving the party Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik, who faces a serious threat to his life in New Delhi’s Tihar Jail, and ending escalation between Pakistan and India at the Line of Control.

The appeal was made by Acting Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Abdul Hameed Butt, in a memorandum addressed to the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres. The memorandum was presented to the UN Office in Islamabad by the JKLF leaders, Hafiz Muhammad Anwar Samavi, Muhammad Rafiq Dar, Saleem Haroon, Sardar Jamshed and Waheed Showkat. »

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Srinagar, December 06 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the incidents of molestation of women are increasing and the actual number of these incidents is much higher than those reported.

This was revealed in an article published in the Independent Urdu, which is the Urdu edition of UK’s online newspaper, The Independent. The article maintains that Indian soldiers use rape as a weapon to suppress the resolve of the people of occupied Kashmir.

Quoting a journalist from occupied Kashmir, the article says that Indian soldiers barge into the residential houses at any hour of the day or night and ask about women, especially about young daughters and sisters. This has become a routine in Srinagar and other towns. Such incidents are exacerbated by cold weather when forces’ personnel are drunk, it says. »

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Faridabad (Haryana) India), November 30 (KMS): Indian police thrashed a Kashmiri truck driver, Muhammad Maqbool, in Faridabad in the Indian state of Haryana.

Mohammed Maqbool, who hails from Yusmarg area of Budgam district of occupied Kashmir, told media that he was on his way to Srinagar when the policeman thrashed him and his friends for stopping the truck near Maujpur toll plaza on the expressway.

He said, “We were carrying pipes from Kolkata to Srinagar for a government project. In Faridabad, near the Maujpur toll plaza, I stopped the truck as I wanted to take some rest and let someone else drive. As I stepped out of the truck, the policemen came in a van and shouted at me.” »

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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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Islamabad, November 30 (KMS): Leader of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference Azad Jammu and Kashmir (APHC-AJK) chapter and Vice Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Movement (JKPM), Abdul Majeed Malik, has denounced the continued military siege imposed by India in occupied Kashmir.

Abdul Majeed Malik talking to delegations of Kashmiri refugees in Islamabad said that the Hurriyat leaders languishing in different jails of India were being subjected to torture. »

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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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