Islamabad, June 19 (KMS): It’s a double-edged sword for women in Indian Occupied  Kashmir (IOK) – to live in a conflict zone and also experience a constant threat of sexual violence.

As the world marks United Nation’s International Day for Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict today (Friday), the women in IOK continue to face the horrors of rape, sexual abuse and molestation at the hands of Indian security forces. »

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Srinagar, May 03 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) has said that under the international law, every journalist has the right to be free to carry out journalistic responsibilities, but despite this freedom of the press, the journalist community faces enormous difficulties in the territory.

The APHC spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar on the occasion of World Press Day, today, said that the journalist community of occupied Kashmir was facing immense difficulties and suffering in the presence of millions of Indian forces.

The spokesman said that due to the outrage of the Indian forces, many journalists in the territory had lost their lives till date and during the protests or clashes between the protesters and the Indian forces, the journalist community was being targeted by the forces personnel. He said that journalists were beaten, stripped of their equipment and threatened to prevent them from reporting brutal violence against unarmed people by forces personnel. He said that the journalist community of Kashmir was facing immense difficulties due to lingering Kashmir dispute. »

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Srinagar, May 03 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, journalist Qazi Shibli, who was in an Indian jail for nine months under draconian Public Safety Act (PSA), has said that his cell in the jail was like a cage and ghosts haunted him.

According to Kashmir Media Service, Qazi Shibli in a media interview in Srinagar after release from his illegal detention said that he was summoned to the police station on July 27, 2019 in connection with a story regarding the heightened troop deployment and movement and a thread of tweets on the same.

He said that he was questioned for three consecutive days for his other tweets and the financial aspect of his news-website, The Kashmiriyat. He said that after two days, he was shifted to Central Jail, Srinagar. The journalist said that on 8th August, he was told that he was detained under the PSA. »

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Srinagar, May 03 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir,  as the world is observing World Press Day, today, Modi-government in India continues to use strong-arm-tactics to strangulate media in the territory.

According to a report released by Research Section of Kashmir Media Service on the occasion of the World Press Freedom Day, today, occupied Kashmir is one of the most dangerous places of the world where people associated with the press and media are performing their professional duties in the most difficult circumstances and situation. The report pointed out that the Indian government wants to hide ground realities in Kashmir by blackmailing journalists as the media in Kashmir is the most oppressed in the world. »

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Today, we express our solidarity with brave and resilient people of Indian occupied Jammu & Kashmir who have rendered unmatched sacrifices for their legitimate right to self-determination over the course of past seven decades in an indomitable struggle for freedom from oppression. It has been a battle of hope against overwhelming odds, of courage against fear, and of sacrifice against tyranny; but through all of it, the Kashmiri people have persisted, unrelenting and proud like they have always been, to deny India the perverse gratification of subjugating them. On 5 August, India absolved itself of the last pretense of civility and justice by trying to deprive the Kashmiri people of their very identity. »

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Islamabad, February 05 (KMS): Kashmir Solidarity Day is being observed today to express wholehearted support of Pakistani nation to the just struggle of Kashmiri people for securing their inalienable right to self-determination guaranteed by the United Nations resolutions.

This time around, the day is being observed after India revoked the special status of occupied Kashmir in August last year in breach of all international laws, and since then the entire population of the occupied territory has been under lockdown.

The day dawned with special prayers at Fajr in all mosques of the country for early liberation of occupied Kashmir from Indian yoke and peace and prosperity of Pakistan. »

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Today, we observe the Kashmir Solidarity Day to reaffirm our unflinching support for our Kashmiri brothers and sisters who have been subjected to an inhuman lockdown and communications blockade for six months now. The unprecedented length of these restrictions has fully exposed the ‘fiction’ of India’s democracy and its scant regard for basic human norms. The Kashmiris, the Muslim Ummah, Pakistan and the international community have rejected India’s travesty of law and justice. India has turned 8 million Kashmiris into prisoners in their own land through the deployment of over 900,000 occupation troops. History has few precedents of such suffocation and violation of the fundamental rights at this scale. Tens of thousands of innocent people have been arbitrarily detained and thousands of young boys abducted and incarcerated at undisclosed locations. This is a true manifestation of Indian state terrorism. »

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Srinagar, February 05 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyat leaders have expressed their gratitude to the government and people of Pakistan for their wholehearted support to the Kashmiris’ legitimate struggle for right to self-determination.

Illegally detained senior APHC leader and the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, in a message from New Delhi’s Tihar jail on the occasion of Kashmir Solidarity Day, said that the observance of the day amply demonstrated the Pakistan’s consistent policy, its unwavering commitment and allegiance towards the cause of Kashmir.

He appreciated the enduring support on the part of Pakistan that despite facing many daunting challenges it never hesitated to go the extra mile in advocating the Kashmir cause at important world forums. He expressed the hope that Pakistan would continue its moral, political and diplomatic support for the Kashmiris’ struggle till they achieved their cherished goal of freedom from Indian yoke. »

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It is imperative to understand that when India undertook its illegal and unilateral actions of 5 August 2019, it not only violated the United Nations Security Council resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir, international law as well as its own constitution; it in fact, also tried to extinguish the very identity of the Kashmiri people and the concept of ‘Kashmiriyat’. India hoped that by arbitrarily tampering with the demographic integrity of Indian occupied Jammu & Kashmir, it could dampen the spirit of the Kashmiri people or at the very least, make them compromise on their legitimate right to self-determination. On both counts, India has abjectly failed. The international community, the human rights organizations, international media and the civil society have all called India out on its tyranny. Protests have been held in nearly all major cities in support of the Kashmiri people. »

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Solidarity Day being observed today reminds of the ultimate oppression of the Indian forces on the people of occupied Kashmir when on 21st January, 1990, they opened fire on the demonstrators protesting against the rape of women by the Indian forces’ personnel. The incident created unprecedented outrage within the occupied valley, Pakistan and across the world wherever the Kashmiri diaspora lived. In Pakistan, a complete strike was observed on 5th of February, 1991. Since then Kashmir Solidarity Day is observed every year with the objective of expressing solidarity with the people of occupied Kashmir and to sensitize the world about their obligations towards the people of Kashmir. »

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