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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Kargil, August 28 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown was observed, today, in the entire Kargil district to protest against the BJP-led Indian government’s decision to scrap special status of Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcate it into two union territories.

The shutdown is also aimed to demand the release of political prisoners and to restore communication services in occupied Kashmir.

All business establishments, schools, government and private offices remained closed in Kargil, Sankoo, Suru and Drass areas of the district. »

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Curfew, communication blockade continue in Kashmir valley

Srinagar, August 15 (KMS): Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and the world over are observing the Indian Independence Day, today, as Black Day to convey the message to the international community that they reject India’s illegal occupation of their motherland.

The Black Day is being observed in protest against the Indian unilateral action to change the disputed status of occupied Kashmir.

The occupation authorities continue to impose strict curfew and other restrictions across the Kashmir valley on the 11th straight day, today, to prevent people from holding anti-India demonstrations. The authorities have converted the valley, particularly Srinagar, into a military garrison by deploying Indian troops and police personnel in every nook and corner. In Srinagar, thousands of troops and policemen are patrolling the deserted streets, lanes and by lanes to thwart any attempt of people to stage anti-India demonstrations. »

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Srinagar, August 14 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Indian police confirmed, today, that some people sustained pellet injuries during protests in Srinagar over the week-end.

Earlier this week, Governor Satya Pal Malik had denied foreign media reports of massive demonstrations in the Kashmir valley. Zeroing on the reports, the opposition Congress had demanded that the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi “come clean” on the matter.

Insisting that the situation has been “totally under control”, senior police officer Munir Khan today said, “There have been localised incident in various parts of Srinagar and other areas, which have been contained, dealt with locally. There has been no major injury to anyone. There have been a few pellet injuries, who were treated and sent back.” »

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