Srinagar June 21 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Secretary General of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC), Molvi Bashir Ahmed has said that India used every tactic to suppress the ongoing liberation movement but did not succeed in its nefarious designs.

Molvi Bashir Ahmed in a statement issued in Srinagar said that Pakistan had made it clear to the world that it wanted a lasting and dignified solution to the Kashmir dispute as per the UN resolutions and aspirations of the Kashmiri people.

He said that Pakistan’s support to the international community against terrorism had rendered the Indian propaganda against the Kashmir liberation movement ineffective and proved that it was not terrorism. »

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Srinagar June 21 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference, Shabbir Ahmad Dar while condemning the surge in Indian state terrorism has called upon the United Nations to stop the ongoing atrocities being perpetrated by Indian forces in Jammu and Kashmir.

Shabbir Ahmad Dar in a statement issued in Srinagar urged the major powers, regional and European organisations to open their eyes and speak on the worsening human rights situation in Kashmir. »

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Srinagar, June 21 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Acting Chairman of Awami Rafah Party, Ghulam Ahmad Azad has said that India continues to deprive the people of Jammu and Kashmir of their basic right— right to self-determination.

Ghulam Ahmad Azad in a statement issued in Srinagar strongly denounced India’s illegal occupation over Kashmir. He said that New Delhi could not suppress the ongoing liberation movement through military might. »

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Islamabad, June 21 (KMS): Foreign Minister, Shah Mahmood Qureshi in his message on the World Refugee Day observed on Saturday, has said that the Day is a yearly reminder of the importance of peace, prevention and resolution of conflicts that are the main reasons for the forced displacement of millions of people from their homes.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi said, “This year, the devastating impact of COVID-19 has compounded the vulnerabilities of those already displaced by violence and conflicts.” »

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New Delhi, June 21 (KMS): A group of 500 prominent persons, including film personality Aparna Sen, have sent an open letter to the Indian government demanding the immediate release of activists like Varavara Rao and Safoora Zargar amid the spike in coronavirus cases.

The left-leaning Indian poet and writer Varavara Rao is among 11 rights activists who are in jail on the charges of Maoist links.

“In the prisons of Maharashtra where they are being detained, some inmates have died and many others have tested positive for COVID-19,” the letter issued by the Indian Cultural Forum on June 16 said. »

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Islamabad, June 20 (KMS): Pakistan has drawn the attention of international community to the plight of Kashmiri women in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir who have been frequent targets of sexual violence by the occupation forces.

Expressing solidarity with Kashmiri Women on international day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, Foreign Office Spokesperson Aisha Farooqui in a statement said that Pakistan condemns India’s use of rape as an instrument of state policy to subjugate the Kashmiri people in the occupied territory. »

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Paris, June 19 (KMS): Paris-based Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has called for an immediate withdrawal of the new Media Policy announced by India for occupied Kashmir.

A statement issued by the RSF said the Indian government assumes the right to harass journalists and media judicially and economically through the policy if the local press publishes content it doesn’t like.

With the media policy openly declaring that it aims to foster a genuinely positive image of the government, the RSF said the policy statement gives Jammu and Kashmir’s Department of Information and Public Relations (DIPR) the de facto right to exercise pre-and-post-publication control over all journalism in the territory for the next five years. »

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Srinagar, June 19 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Tehreek-e-Wahdat-e-Islami, paying rich tributes to the 8 youth martyred by Indian troops in Pulwama and Shopian districts, said that the vicious cycle of killings, cordon and search operations and indiscriminate use of force against the Kashmiris has pushed them to the wall.

The TWI spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar said that all these brutal and inhuman tactics were a direct result of the fascist mindset of the BJP-led Indian government, which believed in hatred and highly militaristic means to suppress the Kashmiris’ struggle for securing their right to self-determination.

He said New Delhi’s such a belligerent approach is only acting as a catalyst for the Kashmiris’ alienation from India and added that New Delhi must remember that it can’t subdue the Kashmiris’ spirit for freedom by resorting to wanton killings, arrests and other forms of coercive tactics against them. »

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Srinagar, June 15 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, CPI-M leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami while terming India’s new media policy for Jammu and Kashmir as an attempt to throttle freedom of speech and expression has said that the move has spread unease among the journalists working in the territory.

Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami in a statement in Srinagar said, the framers of this policy have given a clear picture that they don’t want journalists answerable to their readers and editors, but to bureaucrats and military officials, who will have the powers to decide which news item is ‘fake, unethical, plagiarized’ or ‘anti-national’.

The policy, he added, has been framed with an aim to give the authorities a free hand to muzzle freedom of press in the occupied territory. »

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Srinagar, June 14 (KMS): An award-winning Kashmir-based photojournalist, Masarrat Zahra, who was last month booked under draconian Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for her social media posts, has said that the Kashmiri journalists are also becoming stories, when they are beaten by Indian troops and booked under draconian laws like UAPA.

On Thursday, Zahra was named the winner of the Washington-based 2020 Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award. She won the top photojournalism award for her “moving images” of the Kashmir dispute.The jury praised the 26-year-old’s work.

“I am happy that the world recognises my plight and the plight of other journalists working in tough circumstances. The case against me was shocking. You cannot book journalists for the pictures they take. The pictures we take are the testimonials of people. They are the truth as it is. The awards and recognition might not change our whole situation, but yes, it makes us feel that there are journalist bodies that understand what we go through as professional journalists,” Zahra told media. “They would at least speak for us and keep our cases alive,” she added. »

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