New Delhi, January 19 (KMS): Kannan Gopinathan, a former Indian Administrative Service [IAS] officer from Kerala, was detained by city police soon after he arrived at the airport in Prayagraj, officials said on Sunday.

Mr Gopinathan had arrived in Prayagraj from Delhi on Saturday to address a two-hour symposium organised by the All India People’s Forum on the issue of ‘Nagrikta Bachao, Samvidhan Bachao, Loktantra Bachao’ (save citizenship, save constitution and save democracy).

The former IAS office posted about his detention at the airport in a series of tweets. “As soon as I came out of the flight and was going towards exit, around ten policemen approached me, asked my identity and when I told them my name, they escorted me to some VIP lounge and thereafter to some security room”, the former IAS officer said. »

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Jammu, January 18 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, an Indian soldier committed suicide in Udhampur district of Jammu region.

A soldier, Sepoy Prince Kumar, a resident of Hoshiarpur in Indian state of Punjab, ended his life by shooting himself with his service rifle in a military camp in Rehmbal area of Udhampur. He was posted in 112 Territorial Army and was on guard duty when he shot himself with his service weapon. »

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Islamabad, January 18 (KMS): Prime Minister Imran Khan has decided to address a public gathering in Azad Jammu and Kashmir on Kashmir Solidarity Day to be observed on February 5.

The decision came during PM Imran Khan’s meeting with the former prime minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Barrister Sultan Mahmood, who called on him in Islamabad on Friday.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief organiser Saifullah Niazi has been instructed to make necessary arrangements in this regard. »

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Muzaffarabad, January 16 (KMS): A session was held in Muzaffarabad to pay tributes to the martyred pro-freedom leaders, Ghulam Rasool Dar alias Ghazi Naseeruddin and Abbas Rahi on their 16th martyrdom anniversary.

A large number of Kashmiri refugees and mujahideen participated in the condolence session. »

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Islamabad, January 16 (KMS): The Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (JKDFP) has appreciated the UN Security Council (UNSC) for holding another debate on the alarming situation in occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

The DFP Vice President, Mehmood Ahmed Saghar, in a statement issued in Islamabad expressed the hope that the UNSC would come forward in a big way to influence the Indian government to resolve the lingering Kashmir dispute. »

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Srinagar, January 15 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani while expressing concern over the prevailing situation in the territory denounced the ongoing military siege and media lockdown, which entered 164th day, today.

Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar, today, expressed shock over the recent killings of Kashmiri youth in the territory saying that Indian forces were hell-bent upon committing genocide of the Kashmiris. While expressing solidarity with the relatives of the martyrs, he said that blood of the youth would not go waste. He said that India had surpassed all moral and legal values and converted the entire territory into the worst jail. He also expressed condolence over the death of advocate Shafqat Hussain. »

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New York, January 15 (KMS): The New York-based Human Rights Watch has criticized the Indian government for gross human rights violations including arrests, torture and communication blackout after abrogation of Kashmir’s special status in August, last year.

Human Rights Watch in its World Report 2020 posted on its website said, Indian authorities also failed to protect religious minorities, used draconian sedition and counter-terrorism laws to silence peaceful dissent, and invoked foreign funding regulations and other laws to discredit and muzzle nongovernmental organizations, critical of government actions or policies. »

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New York, January 14 (KMS): The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is set to discuss the alarming human rights situation in occupied Kashmir for the second time in less than six months, Geo News reported on Tuesday.

A meeting of the UNSC on the current situation of occupied Kashmir has been scheduled for January 15 (Wednesday). The council had last discussed the Kashmir dispute in August, 2019. »

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Srinagar, January 14 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, two personnel of Indian Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) were killed and another was critically injured in an incident of fratricide in Udhampur district, today.

The incident took place at Sui village, five km from Udhampur district headquarters, when a sentry opened fire inside a camp in Udhampur, a police official said. »

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Srinagar, January 13, (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops continued their cordon and search operations in several districts of the territory, today.

The personnel of Indian Army, paramilitary forces and police continued operations in Srinagar, Budgam, Kupwara, Bandipore, Baramulla, Islamabad, Shopian, Pulwama, Kulgam, Rajouri and other districts since past one week.

On the other hand, the troops used brute force on wayfarers after an attack on an Indian Central Reserve Police Force personnel party at Sarnal area of Islamabad district. However, there were no reports of any loss or damage in attack. »

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