Concern increases about Kashmiris lodged in Indian jails

Srinagar, December 27 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the besieged residents of the Kashmir Valley continue to suffer enormously due to unrelenting lockdown since 5th August this year while the severe cold has added to their miseries.

The Kashmir Valley remained under military siege on 145th consecutive day, today. An atmosphere of fear and uncertainty continues to prevail in the Valley as well as Muslim majority areas of Jammu and Ladakh regions due to heavy deployment of Indian troop to prevent demonstrations against India’s anti-Kashmir moves. Restrictions under Section 144 are in place and internet across all platforms, short messaging and prepaid mobile services remain totally snapped in the territory. Businesses remain largely shut, shops open but only for few hours in the morning and evening, offices witness thin attendance while little public transport is seen on the roads.

The intense cold and chilly weather has brought more problems for the people of the Valley who were already facing shortage of essential commodities including food and life-saving medicines due to India-imposed lockdown since 5th August. The minimum temperature across Kashmir and Ladakh remains several degrees below the freezing point. The occupied territory is currently under the grip of ”Chillai-Kalan” – the 40-day harshest period of winter. »

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Indian forces arrest Maulvi bashir

Srinagar, December 26 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, with mercury dropped many degrees below minus zero, the military siege and lockdown of the Kashmir Valley and Muslim-majority areas of Jammu region entered 144th straight day, today.

The people belonging to different walks of life are facing severe difficulties due to the continued suspension of internet, prepaid phone and text messaging services for nearly past five months. The students called for immediate restoration of internet services.

Indian forces arrested Jammu and Kashmir Mass Movement Chairman, Maulvi Bashir Ahmed, during a raid on his house in Srinagar. Earlier, his two brothers were also arrested while his family members including sister were subjected to severe torture during a raid on their house. The police arrested seven youth from different areas of Shopian district and booked them under black law, Public Safety Act. »

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Srinagar, December 26 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, grim situation particularly in the Kashmir Valley and Muslim-majority areas of Jammu region continues as military lockdown entered 144th straight day, today.

Internet, prepaid phone and text messaging services have been suspended for last over four months due to which the people belonging to different walks of life are facing severe difficulties.

People in the Valley are observing civil disobedience against India’s anti-Kashmir moves. As part of this movement, business establishments continue to remain shut across the Valley for most part of the day. Shops only open for couple of hours in the morning or evening. Thin attendance is also witnessed in Valley’s educational institutions and offices. »

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India facing unprecedented global hostility

Srinagar, December 25 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, normal life continues to remain unchanged due to crippling restrictions coupled with tightening grip of chillai kalan on the 143rd consecutive day of military siege and lockdown in the Kashmir valley and parts of Jammu region, today.

India has emerged as the top ranking country in the world in terms of continued suspension of internet, prepaid phone and text messaging services. Besides other sectors of life, the nearly five-month-long Internet gag has critically hit the ambulance service in dealing with emergencies and ferrying referral patients from one place to another in occupied Kashmir.

Meanwhile, Indian authorities gave sanction for prosecution of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik and Dukhtaran-e-Millat Chief, Aasiya Andrabi on the charges of raising anti-India slogans and asking people to boycott the election drama, frequently staged by India in the territory. The cases were registered in 2010 and 2018 under the draconian law, Unlawful Activities Act. »

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Indian police arrest 8 youth in Kashmir

Srinagar, December 24 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, five-month long military clampdown and internet suspension have added to the already traumatized people of Kashmir as the number of patients with various psychiatric ailments has increased manifold since 5th of August.

An earlier study carried out by French-based Médecins Sans Frontières, also known as Doctors Without Borders, and Srinagar’s Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences says that every one out of five people in Kashmir have symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. Dr. Arshad Hussain, a psychiatrist who co-authored the study, calls Kashmir one of the saddest places in the world. He found that the situation has escalated as the clampdown coupled with the internet shutdown has added more to the figures of mentally sick patients.

Meanwhile, an atmosphere of fear and uncertainty continues to haunt the Kashmir Valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu and Ladakh regions on the 142nd day of military siege and lockdown, today. Indian forces are deployed in bulk while restrictions are in place under Section 144 to prevent protests against India’s illegal actions taken in the aftermath of August 5. Prepaid mobile phone, text messaging and internet services continue to remain shut in the territory. »

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Anti-India, pro-freedom posters in IOK

Srinagar, December 23 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, normal life remains crippled in the Kashmir Valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu region due to continued military siege and lockdown on the 141st consecutive day, today.

Restrictions imposed under Section 144 and continued suspension of prepaid mobile phone, text messaging and internet services have made the life of Kashmiri people a hell. A leading local traders’ group, Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in its report revealed that over 100,000 jobs had been shed due to ban on Internet. Losing online access has also affected the healthcare sector, cutting off the ability of patients and doctors to conduct consultations.

Anti-India and pro-freedom banners and posters were witnessed at many places in the Kashmir valley. These were displayed on behalf of Jammu and Kashmir Students and Youth Forum. The protests were held in Pulwama, Kulgam, Shopian and Islamabad districts against the steps taken by India particularly in the wake of 5th August action. »

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Gloomy situation prevails in IOK on 140th day

Srinagar, December 22 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani has said that India’s position with regard to Jammu and Kashmir is merely that of an occupier and oppressor of which the UN resolutions remain an obvious proof.

Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the people of Kashmir had tried every possible way to secure their legitimate and internationally-recognised right to self-determination, but the 1987 elections had proved that India’s commitment to democracy was nothing more than a charade and a ruthless tyrant State behind the mask of democracy.

The APHC Chairman exposing India’s plan to deprive the people of occupied Kashmir of their land said while the Indian army is already in possession of hundreds of thousands of acres of land, now more land would be grabbed and colonies would come up on them where non-state subjects and soldiers would be settled. »

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US presidential candidates come out to back Pramila

Washington, December 22 (KMS): Leading Democratic presidential aspirants, Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren and two other US lawmakers have come out in support of Indian-American Congresswoman, Pramila Jayapal after Indian External Affairs Minister refused to a Congressional committee, which invited Jayapal to be a part of the group.

S Jaishankar cancelled his meeting with the Congressional committee in protest against Jayapal being a member of the group.

Jayapal is one, who introduced a Congressional resolution on Kashmir urging India to lift all the restrictions in occupied Kashmir imposed after the abrogation of Kashmir’s special status on August 5.

Senators Sanders, Warren and other lawmakers tweeted on Friday to express their support for Jayapal, saying Jaishankar and India are trying to silence the voice of a US lawmaker. »

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Srinagar, December 22 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the night temperatures across Kashmir Valley and in Ladakh dropped to freezing levels amid the gloomy situation continues to prevail particularly in the Kashmir Valley and parts of Jammu region on 140th consecutive day, today.

People continue to suffer immensely due to unrelenting military siege and lockdown. Restrictions under Section 144 remain in place while prepaid mobile phone, text messaging and internet services continue to be snapped.

Start ups have become one of the worst casualties of the Internet blockade in Kashmir. The ban on Internet has dealt a severe blow to the small ventures employing hundreds of people. The Internet ban has also impacted the courier services as online tracking of the courier has come to a halt. The courier service providers face the problem of contacting their customers as most of them have provided their pre-paid mobile numbers for contacting them, which is blocked in Kashmir by the Indian government. »

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More difficulties for IOK people as harshest winter begins

Srinagar, December 21 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party led by illegally detained Shabbir Ahmed Shah has reaffirmed the Kashmiris’ unflinching resolve to take the ongoing freedom movement to its logical conclusion, despite all odds.

The DFP at a meeting in Srinagar expressed serious concern over the fast deteriorating political and human rights situation in occupied Kashmir. The participants of the meeting, chaired by the party General Secretary, Muhammad Abdullah Tari, demanded early settlement of the Kashmir dispute on the basis of the Kashmiris’ universally-accepted right to self-determination guaranteed by the UN. They deplored the silence of the world over Indian atrocities on the people of occupied Kashmir. The meeting also condemned the illegal detention of party Chairman, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, and other Hurriyat leaders who have been languishing in New Delhi’s infamous Tihar Jail for last over two years. The meeting also thanked Pakistan, Turkey, Malaysia and China for raising voice in support of the besieged Kashmiris at the international level. »

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