IOK reels under lockdown on 167th consecutive day

Srinagar, January 18 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, people belonging to different walks of life have taken strong exception to former Indian Army Chief and incumbent Chief of Defence Staff, General Bipin Rawat’s recent statement wherein he hinted at setting up Nazi type concentration camps for the Kashmiri youth.

General Bipin Rawat while addressing a conference in New Delhi said that young Kashmiri children are being radicalized and they need to be identified and put in de-radicalization camps.

Rights activists and Kashmiri intellectuals talking to The New York Times said that General Rawat’s words revealed how the highest levels of the Indian military viewed Kashmiri people and that his comments could presage another disturbing turn of events. Noted Kashmiri historian, Siddiq Wahid, said that it was shocking the General would even suggest this. A professor of political science at Central University of Kashmir, Noor Ahmad Baba, said that India might now try to crush all political dissent in occupied Kashmir. He said, Kashmir is a political issue that needs a political solution, not de-radicalization camps. Mumbai-based civil rights activist, Saket Gokhale, said that this was the first time he had ever heard of deradicalisation camps inside India. »

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People hold forceful demos in Srinagar, other areas

Srinagar, January 17 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, India has planned to set up Nazi type concentration camps for the Kashmiri youth to starve, torture and kill them.

A clear indication of the plan has been given by warmonger former Indian Army Chief and incumbent Chief of Defence Staff, General Bipin Rawat, while addressing a conference in New Delhi. He said that young Kashmiri children are being radicalized and they need to be identified and put in de-radicalisation camps. Rawat also claimed that Indian forces could not be blamed for injuries caused by pellet guns and that radicalised stone-pelters were “more dangerous” than the pellet guns. By emphasizing the need to deal with heavy hand in occupied Kashmir, General Rawat has pointed towards the Indian design to step up state terrorism in the territory. »

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Highway closure, siege worsen situation

Srinagar, January 16 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, thousands of people participated in the funeral of martyred MBA graduate, Haroon Abbas Wani, in Doda district, today.

Haroon Abbas Wani was martyred by Indian troops during a cordon and search operation in Gundana area of the district, yesterday. Despite restrictions, thousands of people including women raising pro-freedom, pro-Pakistan and anti-India slogans marched along with the body of the martyr from police station to his home in Doda town. Amid tears and sobs, Haroon was laid to rest at his ancestral Furqan Abad graveyard in the town.

Addressing the mourners, speakers on the occasion expressed solidarity with the family of the martyred youth and reiterated the Kashmiris’ resolve to continue the ongoing freedom struggle till its logical conclusion. »

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HRW condemns Indian atrocities in IOK

Jammu, January 15 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism martyred one more Kashmiri youth in Doda district of Jammu region, today, raising the toll to five in less than one week.

The troops martyred the youth, identified as Haroon Hamad, during a cordon and search operation in Gundara area of the district. Indian police claimed that Haroon was a mujahid commander, who was killed during an encounter with the troops.

Meanwhile, the New York-based Human Rights Watch has criticized the Indian government for gross human rights violations including communication blackout imposed after the abrogation of Kashmir’s special status in August, last year. The Human Rights Watch in its World Report 2020 said, the Indian government has tried to shut down Kashmir, hiding the full extent of the harm caused there. The 652-page report says that on August 5, before revoking the state’s special status, the government imposed a security lockdown and deployed additional troops. Thousands of Kashmiris were detained without charge, including former chief ministers, political leaders, opposition activists, lawyers, and journalists. The internet and phones were shut down. The government said it was to prevent loss of life, but there were credible, serious allegations of beatings and torture by security forces. »

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Human rights being violated in Kashmir

Srinagar, January 14 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyat organizations have come down heavily on those who have shown their readiness to become collaborators of the Bharatiya Janata Party to advance its Hindutva agenda in the territory.

Jammu and Kashmir Peoples League, Jammu and Kashmir Young Men’s League and other Hurriyat organizations in their statements issued in Srinagar warned the people like former PDP member Altaf Bukhari against presenting themselves as the new facilitators of the BJP saying that they would be taken as traitors of the Kashmir cause. These traitors, they added, would be treated in such a manner that no one can dare to collaborate with the fascist organizations like the BJP and RSS. The statements said that every politician in the occupied territory should keep in mind how former chief ministers of the territory were humiliated by the BJP stalwarts.

The Jammu and Kashmir Peoples League leader, Nisar Ahmad, addressing the mourners of Tral martyrs said that the youth were sacrificing their precious lives to end the forcible control of their motherland by India. »

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Indian troops forced people to stay outdoors

Srinagar, January 13 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, thousands of people braving snowfall and rain and defying restrictions thronged Tral town in Pulwama district to attend funeral prayers of three Kashmiri martyred youth.

The youth were killed by the troops during a cordon and search operation in Gulshanpora area of the town, yesterday. Amid vociferous pro-freedom and anti-India slogans, the funerals of the martyrs were held in their native Seer, Mandoora and Monghhama areas of Tral town. The mourners on the occasion reiterated to continue their struggle for freedom till complete freedom from the Indian bondage.

Meanwhile, Indian troops thrashed the locals and forced them to stay outdoors during the ongoing cordon and search operations in Srinagar, Budgam, Kupwara, Bandipore, Baramulla, Islamabad, Shopian, Pulwama, Kulgam and Rajouri districts. The troops subjected pedestrians to brute force at Sarnal in Islamabad district. »

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US concerned about detentions, restrictions

Srinagar, January 12 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism martyred three Kashmiri youth in Pulwama district, today.

The youth were killed by the troops during a cordon and search operation in Gulshanpora area of Tral in the district. Police claimed that the youth were killed during an encounter with the troops. The martyred youth were identified as Umer Fayaz Lone, Faizan Hamid and Adil Bashir Mir.

Meanwhile, people in occupied Kashmir continue to face miseries on the 161st day of military siege and lockdown, today. Amid shivering cold, the residents complain of acute shortage of daily commodities particularly in the Kashmir Valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu region.

In an attempt to sideline the officers in Indian forces belonging to minority communities, Hindu extremist Modi government has arrested a Sikh Deputy Superintendent of Police, Devinder Singh, at Mir Bazaar in South Kahsmir’s Kulgam district. He was arrested on the fake charge of supporting mujahideen. »

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Chennai, January 12 (KMS): In a series of one after another incident indicating that the freedom struggle in occupied Jammu and Kashmir has become an icon for the Indian masses, especially minorities, living under Modi-led fascist government, posters reading ‘Free Kashmir’ are now being frequently spotted during protest demonstrations in length and breadth of India.

Despite registration of treason cases against the people displaying such posters in the recent past, the newest reading ‘Free Kashmir’ was spotted at a protest demonstration against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Law in Chennai, the other day.

Earlier, such placards were also seen during protests in New Delhi and Mumbai. A poster was raised by a woman protesting violence against the students and faculty members of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). »

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Students hold anti-India demonstrations in Srinagar

Srinagar, January 11 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Gilani, Hurriyat forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and all other Hurriyat leaders and organisations have condemned India’s efforts to mislead the world by arranging a strictly guided visit of Delhi-based envoys to the territory.

The APHC in a statement in Srinagar said the tour was a desperate attempt by the Modi government to show the world that all is well in occupied Kashmir. It said that such nefarious tactics could not change the ground realities and the disputed status of Jammu and Kashmir.

Senior Hurriyat leader, Professor Abdul Ghani Butt, in a statement in Srinagar said, the world knows about the Kashmir dispute, about the UN resolutions on Kashmir and resent close-door consultations on Kashmir by the UN Security Council. He said that the envoys should focus on the resolution of the Kashmir dispute and demand withdrawal of Indian troops and repeal of draconian law, Armed Forces Special Powers Act, from occupied Kashmir. »

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Connivance with BJP is betrayal with martyrs

Srinagar, January 09 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Jammu and Kashmir has said that India cannot hide the truth about the territory by arranging guided visits of Delhi-based envoys.

Tehreek-e-Hurriyat said this while commenting on a two-day visit by a 17-member delegation of Delhi-based envoys of different countries to the occupied territory. The Hurriyat organization in a statement issued in Srinagar, today, said if the situation in occupied Kashmir is as normal as India claims, then New Delhi should allow envoys to meet common people, members of civil society, journalists, politicians and let them visit jails and detention centers. On reports about the formation of a so-called third front by certain political leaders in connivance with BJP, Tehreek-e-Hurriyat said that it would be betrayal of martyrs’ blood, and the people of Kashmir would not tolerate any such move.

Kashmir based political parties, Peoples Democratic Party and National Conference, in their statements issued in Srinagar termed the visit of envoys by the Indian government as an attempt to endorse its claim of normalcy in the territory.

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