London, October 19 (KMS): Kashmir Solidarity Day was observed at the High Commission to remind the world of the plight of the people of occupied Kashmir who have been under continued military siege since August 5.

A large number of Pakistanis, friends of Pakistan from other communities and media representatives attended the gathering to express solidarity with the oppressed people of occupied Kashmir.

The Pakistani High Commissioner, Mohammad Nafees Zakaria, on the occasion updated the audience about the current situation of the territory. He highlighted the sufferings of Kashmiris. He called upon the international community to play role in ending the sufferings of the Kashmiri people by settling the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the relevant UN Kashmir resolutions. »

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Srinagar, October 19 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the people of Kashmir Valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu region continue to suffer immensely due to strict military siege imposed by India.

Normal life remains crippled on the 76th consecutive day, today, in the Kashmir Valley and parts of Jammu due to restrictions and gag on internet and cellular services barring partial restoration of postpaid connections and landline phones.

Despite the authorities’ efforts to restore normalcy in occupied Kashmir, people continue to observe shutdown as a silent protest against India’s recent actions in the territory. Shops and business establishments remain closed most of the time except for few hours in the morning and evening. Although private vehicles are plying on the roads, but people particularly patients and doctors are facing difficulties in reaching the hospitals in the absence of public transport. »

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Srinagar, October 13 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the communication blockade has affected more people than just its residents.

It has been over two months since the Indian government took the decision to scrap Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and suspend mobile connectivity and internet services in the territory.

An Indian Army soldier from Uttarakhand, while talking about the communication blockade said, “How many times will we go to the company to call home? I just find an STD booth when I can and talk to my family for a minute or two. Having your own phone is different. Now I just ask if everything is okay at home and end the conversation.” »

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New Delhi, October 13 (KMS): Civil rights activists in India have urged the Indian government to restore special status of occupied Kashmir and take steps to bring back normalcy in the territory.

Addressing news conference at the Press Club in New Delhi, social activist, Shabnam Hashmi, said that the abrogation of Article 370, which gave special status to occupied Kashmir, was a mindless exercise carried out by the BJP-led government.

She said Modi government first did demonetisation and said this will end terrorism, then it claimed of carrying out surgical strikes and said terror had ended. On February 26, after the Balakot airstrike, they claimed of killing around 600 militants. “Now, they have published an advertisement in newspapers, saying shops and schools are shut in the Kashmir Valley due to the fear of militants. If the government has killed all the militants, then whom they are talking about now,” she said. »

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Srinagar, October 08 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyat leader and Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Employees Movement, Mohammad Shafi Lone has said that India is continuing with the policy of suppressing the Kashmiris’ rights-based struggle for freedom.

Mohammad Shafi Lone in a statement said it is India’s misconception that it can suppress the Kashmiris’ sentiment for freedom through killings and other brutal tactics. He said India is carrying out such brutal actions in the occupied territory, which may risk the global peace.

Jammu and Kashmir Employees Movement chief said Kashmir is root cause of tension between Pakistan and India, and its settlement as per the UN Charter will pave the way for peace in South Asia. »

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Lockdown in Kashmir valley completes two months

Srinagar, October 04 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, forceful demonstrations were held in central, north and south Kashmir, today, against the Indian occupation and repeal of special status of the territory by India.

As the Juma congregational prayers culminated, people took to the streets in Srinagar, Badgam, Ganderbal, Islamabad, Pulwama, Kulgam, Shopian, Bandipora, Baramulla, Kupwara and other areas of the occupied territory. The protesters shouted high-pitched pro-freedom and anti-India slogans. Indian troops and police personnel fired teargas shells and pellets on protesters at several places, injuring many of them. The occupation authorities had imposed restrictions in Srinagar and other areas to forestall the demonstrations. The authorities disallowed the people from offering Juma prayers at Srinagar’s historic Jamia Masjid, Dargah Hazratbal, Dastgir Sahib and Charar-e-Sharif and many other major mosques or shrines in the Kashmir valley for the 9th consecutive week, today, since 5th August.

Meanwhile, the sufferings of the people of Kashmir valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu region continue unabated as restrictions and communications blockade completed two months, today. The continued gag on communications means is badly affecting the common people especially students, journalists and other professionals. Normal life remains crippled with shops, markets, business establishments and educational institutions closed and public transport off the road. »

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Srinagar, October 04 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, where the people have been suffering due to the imposition of continued lockdown and communication blockade by the Indian government since August 5, when it repealed the special status of Kashmir, the media persons are also facing hardships in news gathering.

Kashmir valley was once considered a hub for news as countless reports about Indian state terrorism and rights violations were available on daily basis. But now the news gathering for the journalists has become a difficult task due to the continued communication blockade and arrest of political activists and Hurriyat leaders.

A journalist from Srinagar told an Indian Urdu newspaper that the official sources used to openly talk about any important issue but now they hesitate to give details about any matter. »

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 Jammu, September 28 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown was observed in Doda, Bhaderwah and Kishtwar against repeal of special status of the territory by Indian government.

All shops and business centres were closed while transport was off the road to express solidarity with the people of the Kashmir valley. »

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Srinagar, September 28 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, students are facing difficulties as schools and colleges continue to be shut for the last 55 days since August 5.

The schools and colleges continue to be shut with no signs of them opening any soon as the annual exam season draws nearer in the schools sparking fears among the students of delay in the academic year.

At her home in Peerbagh locality of Srinagar, Rutba Mustafa, 18, is teaching few kids including her relatives and neighbors who study in lower classes. Voluntarily she is helping them to complete the syllabus at home. »

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Srinagar, September 21 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown was observed in Doda and Bhaderwah areas of Jammu region against Indian occupation and abrogation of special status of the territory by India.

All shops and business establishments were closed while transport was off in solidarity with the people of the Kashmir valley who have been facing strict military siege since August 05 when Narendra Modi-led communal government repealed the special status of occupied Kashmir.

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