Srinagar, June 13 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, APHC leader and the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Political Movement (DPM), Khawaja Firdous, has said that India has been committing atrocities on the Kashmiri people for the last over seven decades to perpetuate its illegal occupation of the territory.

Khawaja Firdous addressing a gathering in Ahmed Nagar area of Srinagar said that India was using different tactics, including genocide of Kashmiris and use of women as weapons of war, to suppress Kashmiris’ struggle for right to self-determination movement but would never succeed in its nefarious designs.

He said that when India saw its clear defeat in Kashmir, it repealed the special status of the territory to change its demography. He said that Modi government was furthering the Hindutva agenda of RSS in occupied Kashmir. He said that Kashmiris were being forced to sell their property to non-Kashmiris so that they could get settled in the occupied territory, thus turning Muslim majority into a minority. »

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Washington, June 12 (KMS): The US senator, Edward John Markey, has urged the State Department to impress upon the Indian government to lift restrictions on the Internet in occupied Kashmir in view of the Coronavirus pandemic.

High-speed Internet service remains suspended in occupied Kashmir since August 05, last year, when Modi government revoked the specials status of the territory and placed it under strict military lockdown. The communal Modi regime didn’t restored the service even after the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic, which had wrecked havoc in many parts of the world.

Edward John Markey, a Democrat from Massachusetts, in a letter addressed to State Department’s Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, said although video conferencing is helping people around the world cope with isolation during lockdowns, a lack of access to this technology puts further strain on millions of Kashmiris, or nearly half of all adults, who have some form of mental illness after decades of conflict. »

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Washington, June 12 (KMS): An official American report has voiced concern over the attacks and discrimination against religious and ethnic minorities in India.

Mandated by the US Congress, the ”2019 International Religious Freedom Report” that documents major instances of the violation of religious freedom across the world was released by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the State Department on Wednesday.

The report refers to the revocation of the special status of occupied Kashmir last August and the parliament passage of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in December as major highlights for India last year.

The annual report, submitted by the US Department of State to the US Congress on International Religious Freedom, says, “In December, (Indian) Parliament passed the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), which accelerates citizenship for Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi, and Christian migrants from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan who entered the country on or before December 31, 2014, but not for similarly-situated migrants who are Muslims, Jews, atheists, or members of other faiths.” »

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Islamabad, June 12 (KMS): The All Parties Hurriyat Conference Azad Jammu and Kashmir (APHC-AJK) chapter organized an anti-India demonstration in front of the UN Office in Islamabad, today.

The protest, led by Information Secretary APHC-AJK chapter, Sheikh Abdul Mateen, was held against the Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir under the guise of coronavirus lockdown and unprovoked firing of Indian troops on the civilian population living along the Line of Control (LoC).

The protesters on the occasion raised slogans against Indian brutalities in occupied Kashmir and aggression across the LoC. They deplored that Indian troops were martyring innocent youth in fake encounters in the territory, adding that the Indian atrocities had been intensified during the corona pandemic. »

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Islamabad, June 12 (KMS): The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Freedom League (JKPFL), Muhammad Farooq Rehmani has urged the international human rights organisations to take notice of the horrifying and worsening human rights situation in occupied Kashmir.

Muhammad Farooq Rehmani in a letter addressed to the Heads of the UN Human Rights Council, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, International Red Cross Society, International Red Crescent and the Doctors without Borders said that Indian troops and paratroops were engaged in an undeclared war against the people of occupied Kashmir to force them into submission. »

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World urged to take notice of innocent killings in IOK

Srinagar, June 08 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism martyred four more Kashmiri youth in Shopian district, today, raising the toll to 9 in the past two days.

The youth were killed by the troops during a cordon and search operation in Pinjoora area of the district. Five youth were martyred by the troops in the same area, yesterday. The troops destroyed at least one house during the operation. Hundreds of locals came out of their houses, threw stones on the troops and shouted anti-India slogans.

Earlier, three Indian troops were critically injured in a clash in the same area. The authorities suspended all mobile internet services in Shopian district. The troops continued their cordon and search operations in Srinagar, Baramulla, Bandipore, Kupwara, Ganderbal, Budgam, Islamabad, Pulwama, Kulgam, Ramban, Rajouri, Poonch, Kisthwar and Doda areas of the territory. »

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Strong anti-India resentment growing in IOK: Shahid Saleem

Srinagar, June 07 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, a meeting of social and political activists, presided over by the Chairman of Jammu Kashmir People’s Movement (JKPM), Mir Shahid Saleem, in Rajouri has reiterated to oppose, tooth and nail, the anti-Kashmir policies of the fascist Modi government in India.

Addressing the meeting, which was held in Thanamandi area of Rajouri district Mir Shahid Saleem said that strong resentment was growing among the Kashmiri people against these policies and programmes of the Indian government, which were aimed at changing the demographic character of the territory.

He pointed out domicile rules and other policies, being introduced by New Delhi, were a part of the larger conspiracy to convert Muslim majority state of Jammu and Kashmir into a minority. The meeting discussed the prevailing socio-political situation in Jammu and Kashmir after abrogation of article 370. »

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Srinagar, June 06 (KMS): Scores of Kashmiris stranded in Pakistan due to coronavirus lockdown have raised an alarm over not being evacuated by the Indian government.

In multiple emails to Srinagar-based English newspaper, The Kashmir Monitor, these people, especially students, who are stuck in Pakistan, said that they were short of money and essentials while many claimed getting depressed.

The students said that they had contacted the officials in the Indian embassy “but they are neither taking our calls nor responding to our messages”. We had been told on May 19 to fill forms to be evacuated soon but the commitment remains unfulfilled yet, they added. »

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Srinagar, June 06 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, unrelenting military siege and crippling lockdown imposed by Narendra Modi-led fascist Indian government for the past 10 months has made the life of the residents of the territory a living hell.

A report released by the Research Section of Kashmir Media Service said that occupied Kashmir had been reeling under military lockdown since August 05, last year, when India illegally revoked the special status of the territory.

The report revealed that Indian troops martyred 142 Kashmiris including 4 women during the period. It said that at least 1,300 people were critically injured due to the use of brute force including firing of bullets, pellets and teargas shells by Indian military, paramilitary and police personnel on peaceful demonstrators. »

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Geneva, June 06 (KMS): Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations, Khalil Hashmi, has said that India is exploiting the coronavirus pandemic to perpetrate human rights violations in occupied Kashmir.

Khalil Hashmi addressing a virtual conference hosted by Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva said, “The COVID-19 is being used as a smokescreen by India to perpetrate human rights abuses in Kashmir at a scale the world has not seen in recent times.”

He said that occupied Kashmir had been under a 10-month lockdown since August 05, last year, when India repealed Kashmir’s special status and put it under military siege. »

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