Unresolved Kashmir dispute threat to peace: report

Srinagar, September 21 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, amid complete lockdown, Indian troops are resorting to brute force to terrorize the people and prevent them from holding anti-India demonstrations in the Kashmir valley.

The troops went berserk in Panzgam area of Kupwara district and subjected the residents to severe torture. After barging into the residential houses, the troops thrashed the inmates and vandalized the household goods. The troops also smashed windowpanes of houses and vehicles and damaged property worth lacs of rupees. It has become a routine of the troops to conduct such operations in different areas of the territory. Despite restrictions, people had waved Pakistani flag during anti-India demonstrations in Soura area of Srinagar, yesterday.

Meanwhile, normal life remained crippled in the Kashmir valley due to continued military lockdown on 48th successive day, today. Millions of people have been besieged in their houses as hundreds of thousands of Indian troops continue to be deployed in every nook and corner of the valley. All shops, markets, business establishments and educational institutions remained closed while transport was off the road. 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. »

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Srinagar, September 21 (KMS): As the world is observing International Day of Peace, today, the unresolved Kashmir dispute continues to pose a serious threat to regional as well as global peace.

A report released by the Research Section of Kashmir Media Service on the occasion of International Day of Peace, today, said the Kashmir dispute, which is bone of contention between Pakistan and India, could lead to a nuclear war between the two countries. The report said that the Kashmir dispute remained unresolved despite the fact that the UN Security Council had passed a number of resolutions for its settlement several decades ago. »

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Life remains paralyzed in valley on 47th day

Srinagar, September 20 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, people staged forceful demonstrations in central, north and south Kashmir, today, against the Indian occupation and repeal of special status of the territory by Narendra Modi-led communal Indian government.

Soon after Juma congregational prayers, people took to the streets in Srinagar, Bandipora, Baramulla, Kupwara, Islamabad, Pulwama, Kulgam, Shopian and other areas of the occupied territory. They raised 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, Kupwara, Handwara, Ganderbal, Islamabad and Bijbehara areas to prevent demonstrations. The authorities did not allow people to offer Juma prayers in many major mosques including Srinagar’s Jamia Masjid, Dargah Hazratbal, Dastgir Sahib, Charar-e-Sharif and Jamia Masjid Kishtwar. »

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UN chief stresses on respect for human rights in IOK

Srinagar, September 19 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, people continue to suffer immensely as the Kashmir valley remained under strict military lockdown for the 46th consecutive day, today.

The heavy deployment of Indian troops has created an atmosphere of fear, forcing the people to remain indoors. The continued blockade of the valley has aggravated the situation to an alarming proportion. The residents confined to their homes are facing difficulties in meeting their daily needs. The shortage of essential commodities like milk, baby food and life-saving medicines is adding to the miseries of the people and the valley represents a humanitarian crisis. Normal life remains crippled as all markets, business establishments, shops and educational institutions are shut while transport is off the road in the valley. The occupation authorities continue to snap the means of communications including internet and mobile phone services and keep TV channels closed in Kashmir valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu. »

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Situation in occupied Kashmir extremely grim: Bilal Siddiqi

Srinagar, September 18 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the occupation authorities disallowed the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani, from holding a press conference at his residence in Srinagar, today.

Due to suspension of communications means, Syed Ali Gilani, had invited the media persons through letters. However, when the media men reached his home, Indian policemen deployed there stopped them from getting in and asked them to leave. Syed Ali Gilani is under continued house arrest since 2010.

APHC leader and the Chairman of Tehreek-e-Muzahamat, Bilal Siddiqi, in an exclusive interview with Kashmir Media Service, today, said that situation in occupied Kashmir was extremely grim and people were not safe even in their homes. He said that the people of occupied Kashmir had been engaged in prolonged mass uprisings in 2008, 2010 and 2016. However, he added, this time around they are not being allowed to hold big demonstrations to express their resentment and whenever they are able to assemble they are subjected to pellet firing. The APHC leader appreciated the role being played by Pakistan in highlighting the miseries of the people of occupied Kashmir at the international level. He said, the recent Indian actions are nothing short of military oppression. »

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Sit-ins held, Modi’s effigy burnt in Punjab

Srinagar, September 17 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, curfew and communications blackout continued for the 44th consecutive day, today, with all shops and business establishments closed and schools without attendance.

The authorities relaxed restrictions to a limited extent in some areas and opened schools but the students failed to turn up as parents were unwilling to send their children to schools in view of their safety. The attendance in government offices in these areas also remained thin. The mobile telephone and internet services continued to remain totally suspended.

Due to the ongoing military clampdown, the people of the Kashmir valley are facing acute shortage of basic essentials including food, milk and life-saving drugs. Under the prevailing circumstances, the local newspapers find it difficult to hit the stands, while they couldn’t update their online editions. »

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Curfew tightened in Kishtwar to prevent funeral

Srinagar, September 16 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, normal life remained affected for the 43rd consecutive day, today, due to curfew and communications blackout with massive Indian forces’ fortified and bullet-proof bunkers returning to Srinagar and other parts of the Valley.

Some of these bunkers have been built in Srinagar’s Jehangir Chowk, Iqbal Sabzi Mandi, Bakshi Stadium and SMHS hospital areas causing huge inconvenience to the commuters. Curfew and other restrictions have generated a humanitarian crisis as shortage of daily commodities has hit hard the residents of Kashmir valley and parts of Jammu region. All shops remained shut and public transport was off the roads. Education, too, has taken the worst beating because of the military clampdown.

Meanwhile, Indian authorities further tightened curfew in Kishtwar area of Jammu region to deny funeral prayers of prominent leader of Jamaat-e-Islami, Master Ghulam Nabi Gundana, who died, yesterday. The authorities had seized the property of the deceased and attached his bank accounts after India imposed ban on Jamaat-e-Islami of occupied Kashmir, this year. »

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On average 20 protests held in IOK per day

Jammu, September 15 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their unabated acts of state terrorism martyred three youth in Jammu region, as unprecedented military siege and communication blockade entered 42nd day, today.

The troops killed two youth in a fake encounter in Kathua district on Thursday, while another youth identified as Akhlaq Ahmad Khan, was picked up by police from a market and was killed a few hours later at Janipur police station in Jammu city. The Indian authorities had not made the Thursday’s killings public as yet.

The family members of the third victim, Akhlaq Ahmad Khan, were called by the police over phone and were asked to collect his dead body from the Government Medical College and Hospital, Jammu. They protested against the custodial death of Akhlaq Ahmad Khan and demanded a strong action against the policemen involved in the gruesome murder. »

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AI urges India to lift blackout, let Kashmir speak

Srinagar, September 14 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the humanitarian crisis is aggravating further as the Indian authorities continue to impose curfew and other restrictions in the Kashmir valley on the 41st consecutive day, today.

The Kashmir valley remains under strict military siege as hundreds of thousands of Indian troops deployed in every nook and corner continue to keep millions of people confined to their homes. Normal life is crippled with educational institutions, shops, markets and business establishments remaining closed and public transport off the roads. Communication services like mobile, internet and TV channels are snapped in the entire Kashmir valley and in some parts of Jammu region.

The telecom sector of the territory has suffered a loss of more than 900 million rupees in last one month. An official of a telecom company told media that it would become difficult for the operators to continue their services if the Indian government did not lift the restrictions on mobile services and data in occupied Kashmir. »

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Vows to keep raising Kashmiris’ cause at all int’l forums

Muzaffarabad, September 13 (KMS): The Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan has said Kashmir dispute has been internationalized as a result of illegal acts taken by the Indian Government, stressing despite all tyranny New Delhi will not succeed in its nefarious designs as Kashmiris have shed the fear of death.

Pakistani PM Imran Khan said this while addressing a mammoth gathering in Muzaffarabad, today, which was organized to show solidarity with the residents of occupied Kashmir, who have been under a lockdown for more than 40 days after India moved to illegally annex the territory. He said the people of occupied territory, including women, children, and elderly, have been living under constant curfew for last over one month. »

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