Indian troops continue CASOs amid lockdown

Srinagar, April 02 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyat leaders and organisations including All Parties Hurriyat Conference Chairman Syed Ali Gilani and Hurriyat forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq have strongly condemned the new domicile law introduced by India in Kashmir to change the demographic composition of the territory.

The new law allows Indian citizens to permanently settle in occupied Kashmir after fulfilling nominal requirements. Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar, today, said that at a time when the spread of coronavirus has reached catastrophic proportions and governments across the world are focusing all their attention to save the lives of their citizens, India is unabashedly using the situation to fulfill its political agenda in Kashmir. The Hurriyat forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said that the process to change the demographic character of occupied Kashmir started in August 2019 was being systematically carried forward and the recent domicile order was part of that plan.

Other leaders and organizations including Bilal Ahmed Sidiqui, Ghulam Muhammad Khan Sopori, Yasmeen Raja, Abdul Hameed Butt, Khawaja Firdous, Javed Mir, Tehreek-e-Wahdat-e-Islami, Pairwan-e-Wilayet, Ummat-e-Islami,Islami Tanzeem-e-Azadi, various Sikh bodies, Syed Abdullah Gilani, Syed Faiz Naqshbandi, Muhammad Farooq Rehmani, Abdul Majeed Mir, Altaf Ahmed Butt, Shamim Shawl and Tehreek-e-Istaqlal in their statements said the move is aimed at changing the demography of the territory. They termed the new domicile law as a bigger adversity for the Kashmiris than coronavirus. However, the leaders maintained that the people of Kashmir would strongly resist the move. »

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Troops martyr nine Kashmiris in March

Srinagar, April 01 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Indian authorities, in a major development, took a big step last night towards changing the demography of the territory by notifying new domicile rules.

A notification in this regard said that a person who has resided in J&K for a period of 15 years or has studied for a period of seven years shall be deemed to be the domicile of the territory. The domicile would also be given to the children of Indian government officials who have served in the territory for ten years. The new law will provide Indians legal justification to settle in the disputed territory.

Hurriyat leaders and organizations including Shabbir Ahmad Dar, Mir Shahid Saleem, Farooq Ahmad Tawheedi, Nisar Rather, Narender Singh Khalsa, Jammu and Kashmir Youth Social Forum, Jammu and Kashmir United Peace Movement, Professor Nazir Ahmed Shawl, Barrister Abdul Majeed Tramboo and Sikh organizations strongly condemned the notification. The leaders maintained that India was hell-bent upon snatching everything from the people of Jammu and Kashmir including their identity, land and natural resources. They termed the Indian move as a violation of the UN Security Council resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir, which clearly state that the future status of Jammu and Kashmir would be determined in accordance with the will of the Kashmir people. The leaders urged the United Nations, European Union and OIC to intervene and save people of Kashmir from BJP-RSS led Hindutva terrorism. »

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Internet gag prevents IOK doctors from online training

Srinagar, March 31 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Hurriyat forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and other Hurriyat leaders have reiterated call for immediate release of all Kashmiri political prisoners and youth languishing in various jails across India and the occupied territory amid the surge in the coronavirus cases.

The Hurriyat forum in a statement issued in Srinagar, today, said, this situation poses a grave threat to the lives of the Kashmiri prisoners and they must be released immediately so that their families, who are facing mental trauma, heave a sigh of relief. It urged the world rights organisations to facilitate the release of these prisoners as the humanitarian crisis unfolds. »

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Martyrs Ashfaq, Guru & others remembered

Islamabad, March 30 (KMS): The Amnesty International while reacting to the use of brutal force by India on people during the lockdown against coronavirus has said that Indian state machinery has become a larger threat than the COVID-19 pandemic.

Amnesty International India Executive Director Avinash Kumar in a statement in New Delhi called upon the Indian government to ensure that ‘insensitivity and brute force be replaced by people-friendly measures in battling the pandemic.’

The Human Rights Watch South Asia Director Meenakshi Ganguly also said that the Indian government’s responsibility to protect its people from the outbreak should not come at the cost of human rights violations. She said that police actions had resulted in abuses against people in need. »

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Release of IOK detainees stressed

Srinagar, March 29 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the High Court Bar Association has paid rich tributes to prominent martyred Kashmiri lawyer and the leading human rights activist, Jaleel Ahmad Andrabi on his 24th martyrdom anniversary.

The executive members of the High Court Bar Association at a meeting in Srinagar said that Jaleel Andrabi was arrested in broad daylight by men in uniform in March 1996 and was tortured to death in custody. They said that Andrabi sacrificed his life for the cause of of Kashmir. The Bar members also paid tributes to other lawyers including Abdul Qadir Sailani, Mohammad Sultan Butt, Peer Hussam-ud-Din and Sheikh Mohammad Hussain for laying down their lives for the noble cause.

The Kashmir Bar Association, Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Freedom League and Islami Tanzeem-e-Azadi in their separate statements in Srinagar expressed serious concern over the threat to the life of Kashmiri detainees languishing in Indian jails in view of increasing number of corona patients all over the world including India. They demanded immediate release of all political leaders, activists, civil society members, lawyers and trade leaders from Tihar and other jails of India and Kashmir. »

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Immediate release of Kashmiri detainees demanded

Islamabad, March 28 (KMS): Paris-based media watchdog Reporters Without Borders or Reporters Sans Frontières has termed the continued restrictions on the high speed internet in occupied Kashmir as potentially criminal irresponsibility of New Delhi during the coronavirus pandemic.

In a statement released to media, Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk, said that 8 million Kashmiris continued to be cut off from the absolutely vital information that was needed to prevent the spread of the pandemic, when people under lockdown all over the world are using the internet to work, communicate and get information. He said, this is the cruel reality to which the citizens of the Kashmir Valley, including its journalists, are currently being subjected. He demanded of India to immediately restore the high speed Internet in the territory.

And the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference, Shabbir Ahmed Dar, in a statement in Srinagar appreciated the government of Pakistan for highlighting the miserable condition of the Kashmiri people. »

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IOK authorities extend ban on 4G internet

Srinagar, March 27 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Muslim League, the High Court Bar Association, Jammu and Kashmir Anjuman Shari Shian and Jammu and Kashmir Social Youth Forum have demanded immediate release of all illegally detained Kashmiris lodged in different jails in the wake of the fast spreading coronavirus pandemic.

The JKML Acting Chairman, Farooq Ahmed Towheedi, in a statement issued in Srinagar said at a time when the coronavirus has affected several countries, causing killing of thousands of people across the world, the family members of the Kashmiri detainees were worried about their dear ones languishing in Indian jails hundreds and thousands miles away from their homes. He maintained that due to this pandemic, many countries including India have announced to release the detainees on humanitarian grounds and it is the right of Kashmiri prisoners to be set free. He called for immediate release of all illegally detained Kashmiri Hurriyat leaders and activists including party Chairman, Masarrat Aalam Butt, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, Aasiya Andrabi, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Altaf Ahmed Shah, Ayaz Muhammad Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Merajuddin Kalwal, Showkat Ahmed Bakhshi, Noor Muhammad Kalwal and Farooq Ahmed Dar. »

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Curbs adding to besieged people’s woes

Srinagar, March 26 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, APHC leader and the Chairman of Tehreek-e-Muzahamat, Bilal Siddiqi, has appealed to the UN Human Rights Council, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and International Committee of Red Cross to impress upon India to release the Kashmiri detainees in view of the fast spread of deadly coronavirus pandemic.

Bilal Siddiqi in a statement issued in Srinagar said that thousands of detainees lodged in different jails of occupied Kashmir and India were living under constant threat and fear of getting infected by the coronavirus. He said that kept in inhuman and unhygienic conditions, these prisoners were at high risk of losing their lives to the deadly virus. »

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India’s double standards stand exposed in occupied kashmir

Srinagar, March 25 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Jammu and Kashmir (TeH), led by Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, has expressed serious concern about the well-being of the illegally detained Kashmiris lodged in different Indian jails amid growing coronavirus pandemic.

Tehreek-e-Hurriyat in a statement issued in Srinagar, today, said that thousands of families in occupied Kashmir were suffering due to the continued illegal detention of their loved ones. It said that hundreds of Kashmiris were arrested during 2015 and 2016 and lodged in different jails of the occupied territory. However, it added that since August 2019, thousands of more people including Hurriyat leaders, political activists, lawyers, traders and students were picked up from their homes on false charges and shifted to the Indian jails, hundreds and thousand miles away. Tehreek-e-Hurriyat demanded that these Kashmiri detainees should be brought back to occupied Kashmir on humanitarian grounds to save them from the potential threat of coronavirus. »

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Politically quarantined IOK on ventilator

Srinagar, March 24 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Hurriyat forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has expressed serious concern over the deteriorating health condition of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik, in New Delhi’s Tihar jail.

The forum in a statement issued in Srinagar, today, said that Yasin Malik’s well-being is the responsibility of the Indian government in jail. It demanded that all Kashmiri political leaders and activists, traders, civil society members, students and youth languishing in various Indian jails be released, immediately. The forum said that the life of the detainees was at a risk especially after the corona outbreak.

The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Youth Social Forum, Umar Adil Dar in a statement in Srinagar said that on one hand global leaders were taking all possible steps to combat the deadly corona challenge, while Indian rulers, on the other, are paying no heed to the calls for the release of innocent Kashmiri detainees. »

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