Trump’s visit raises fear among IOK Sikhs

Srinagar, February 23 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian authorities further intensified restrictions particularly in Kupwara district, today, on the 29th anniversary of the Kunan-poshpora mass rape incident.

Indian troops had gang-raped around 100 women of all ages from eight to eighty on the night of February 23 in 1991 during a siege and search operation in Kunan-poshpora area of the district. The troops were deployed in strength on all entry and exit points of the district to prevent people from expressing solidarity with the victims of the mass rape.

Since 2014, twenty-third of February is observed as Kashmiri Women’s Resistance Day every year, the call for which was, first, given by the Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society and supported by the All Parties Hurriyat Conference. Hurriyat leaders and organizations in their separate statements expressed solidarity with the victims of the heinous crime. Jammu and Kashmir Muslin Conference Chairman Shabbir Ahmad Dar in a statement termed the incident as one of the most horrifying and terrifying incidents in the history of mankind. »

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Srinagar, February 23 (KMS: In occupied Kashmir, the US President, Donald Trump’s upcoming visit to India has caused fear psychosis among the Sikh community of the Kashmir Valley.

As many as 35 members of the Sikh community were massacred on the night of March 19, 2000 by the men in Indian Army uniform in Chattisinghpora village of southern Islamabad district during the then President, Bill Clinton’s official visit of India.

Jagmohan Singh Raina, Chairman of All Parties Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC), an association of Jammu and Kashmir’s Sikh organisations, in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the Sikhs of the Valley had to face such fearful situation whenever a high profile foreign personality, especially, that from the US visits India. »

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Srinagar, February 23 (KMS: The Jammu and Kashmir Students and Youth Forum has rubbished the statement of the Indian External Affairs Ministry on Kashmir.

The JKSYF Chairman, Manzoor Ahmed Butt, In a statement said that Kashmir was an international dispute awaiting resolution on the basis of the relevant UN Security Council resolutions to which India herself was a signatory. »

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Washington, February 23 (KMS): US President Donald Trump will raise the issue of religious freedom in India during his meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a senior administration official said.

Modi government has faced large scale-protests at home and criticism abroad for abrogating Kashmir’s special status and enacting a controversial citizenship law that is seen as discriminating against Muslims.

President Trump, who is due in India tomorrow, will talk about the two countries’ shared traditions of democracy and religious freedom, the senior administration official said in a conference call on Friday ahead of the two-day trip. »

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Srinagar, February 23 (KMS: In occupied Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference leader and Jammu and Kashmir Employees Movement Chairman, Muhammad Shafi Lone has urged the US and other big powers to promote peace and development in South Asia through settlement of the Kashmir dispute as per the aspirations of the Kashmiri people.

Muhammad Shafi Lone in a statement issued in Srinagar said that India was hell bent upon suppressing the Kashmiris’ freedom movement through military might but was destined to fail in its designs. He said, Kashmir is a political dispute that needs to be resolved politically. »

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Islamabad, February 23 (KMS): APHC-AJK leader and Vice Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Movement (JKPM), Abdul Majeed Malik has condemned the continued lockdown and curbs on communication means in occupied Kashmir.

The Indian government has imposed military siege and ban on internet on August 5, last year, when it repealed special status of Kashmir and divided it into two union territories.

Abdul Majeed Malik addressing a meeting of his party, JKPM, in Islamabad, today, said that the people of the occupied territory had been facing severe hardships due to the restrictions imposed by the Modi-led communal Indian government. »

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New Delhi, February 23 (KMS): Ram Madhav, the General Secretary of ruling Hindu nationalist party, Bharatiya Janata Party, has said that the abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution is the first step towards fulfilling the objective of “Akhand Bharat” and its next step would be to take back Azad Kashmir.

Addressing the participants of “Chhatra Sansad” in New Delhi, Ram Madhav said, “Our next objective is to take back the Indian land which is under illegal occupation of Pakistan.”

The senior BJP leader, pointing to a resolution to ‘take back’ Azad Kashmir passed by the Indian Parliament in 1994, said, “It will happen in phases. The first thing is that Jammu and Kashmir which was somewhat not in the mainstream has been holistically connected to India.” »

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Hurriyat leaders, organizations express solidarity with victims

 

Srinagar, February 23 (KMS: In occupied Kashmir, Indian authorities imposed strict restrictions particularly in Kunan-poshpora area of Kupwara district, today, to prevent people from expressing solidarity with the victims of a mass rape perpetrated by Indian troops twenty on the 29th anniversary of the tragic incident.

Indian troops had gang-raped around 100 women of all ages from eight to eighty years old on the night of February 23 in 1991 during a siege and search operation in Kunan-poshpora. »

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Srinagar, February 23 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, a special session was organized in Srinagar to pay tributes to the paternal aunt of Hurriyat forum Chairma, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.

The deceased was also wife of Molvi Muhammad Yaseen Shah and daughter-in-law of Mirwaiz Maulana Muhammad Yusuf Shah who suddenly passed away in Rawalpindi (Pakistan), on Thursday. »

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Several youth arrested during house raids

Srinagar, February 22 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism martyred two Kashmiri youth in Islamabad district, today.

The troops martyred the youth at Naina Sangam in Bijbehara area of the district during a cordon and search operation which started late last night. The operation continued till last reports came in.

Indian police and troops arrested at least 17 youth during house raids in Pulwama, Shopian, Ganderbal and Baramulla districts. These youth have been labeled as Over Ground Workers of mujahideen. The police also arrested two other youth in Kupwara and Handwara areas for sharing material depicting the Indian atrocities in the territory. The arrests have been made days after the Indian police registered an open FIR for defying government orders on the use of social media. The sleuths of India’s National Investigation Agency carried out a raid at Darul-Uloom in Pinglana area of Pulwama district. »

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