Islamabad, September 19 (KMS): The Chief Minister of Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), Hafiz Hafeezur Rehman visited the All Parties Hurriyat Conference Azad Jammu and Kashmir (APHC-AJK) chapter’s office in Islamabad, today.

Hafiz Hafeezur Rahman, during his meeting with the APHC-AJK leaders, assured them that the Government as well as people of Gilgit- Baltistan stood by their Kashmiri brethren in their struggle for right to self determination. He maintained that the hearts of the people of Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmiris throb in unison. »

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Muzaffarabad, Sept 19 (KMS): A 20-member delegation of Turkish media persons visited Chako­thi sector to obtain first-hand information about losses caused by unrelenting ceasefire violations by Indian troops from across the Line of Control (LoC), civilian and military officials said.
The delegation interacted with the victims of ceasefire violations and was told that the shelling had been causing the villagers both physical and material losses without any respite, according to the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) and the AJK government Press Information Department.
“Our children are unable to go to their schools and we are unable to shift injured family members to health facilities because Indian tro­ops are not sparing even schools and health facilities,” the villagers told the visiting journalists urging them and international media to highlight their plight.
On their way back, the delegation visited Central Press Club Muzaffarabad where they further gathered information from local journalists on the situation, in addition to sharing their own observations, Dawn reported. »

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Islamabad, September 18 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, APHC leader and the Chairman of Tehreek-e-Muzahamat, Bilal Siddiqi, has said that situation in the occupied territory is extremely grim and people are not safe even in their houses.

In an exclusive interview with Kashmir Media Service, today, Bilal Siddiqi said that the people were facing immense hardships due to strict restrictions imposed by the Indian authorities since August 5. He said that the people are scared to venture out of their houses and move about as there is no surety that they would be able to return home.

Bilal Siddiqi 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. He said that mass arrests, suspension of communications links and detention of Hurriyat leadership are also making it difficult for the people to stage forceful demonstrations. »

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Islamabad, September 18 (KMS): President Dr Arif Alvi has said that India took an illegal, immoral, and inhuman step by revoking the Special Status of Kashmir on 5th of the last month.

Addressing the National Parliamentarians Conference on Kashmir in Islamabad this evening, he said the people of Kashmir are striving for getting their homeland freed from Indian occupation. »

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Islamabad, September 18 (KMS): Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has urged the political parties to rise above their political differences and speak with one voice in support of oppressed Kashmiri people at this critical juncture.

Addressing the National Parliamentarians Conference on Kashmir in Islamabad on Wednesday, he said Modi government has “Akhand Bharat” mindset and the gravity of the situation demands sanity on our part.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi appreciated the Chairman Senate for holding this conference saying this gives the message that the elected representatives regardless of their differences are united for the Kashmiri people, Radio Pakistan reported.

He said today’s leadership in Pakistan will not show any flexibility on Kashmir dispute. He said today we have the prime minister who will not make any compromise on the interests of Pakistan. »

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Toronto (Canada), September 17 (KMS): A protest rally was organized in Toronto, Canada, against imposition of continued curfew, restrictions and communication blockade by India in occupied Kashmir.

Braving rain, a large number of Kashmiris and their sympathizers took part in the rally. The protesters were raising slogans like ‘Go India – Go Back”, “We want freedom”, “Freedom is our right”, “Stop killings in Kashmir’, “Modi is a terrorist” and “Modi is Hitler”.

The protesters holding flags of Azad Jammu and Kashmir were also carrying banners with slogans like “Kashmiris want freedom”, “12 million Kashmiris under lockdown”, “India stop killing Kashmiris”, “Indian Army out of Kashmir”, Stop genocide in Kashmir”, “Stop human rights violations in Kashmir” and “Implement UN Security Council resolutions on Kashmir”. »

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Petition opposes award to Modi

Washington, September 17 (KMS): London-based global rights watchdog, the Amnesty International has vowed that it would not be silenced on raising concerns about the situation in occupied Kashmir despite facing intimidation by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi´s government.

Amnesty International Secretary-General, Kumi Naidoo, in a media interview in Washington said that the Modi government has made a very big attempt to crush Amnesty in India, stressing on the Kashmir question and on various human rights questions in India itself. »

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Lahore, September 17 (KMS): Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that the whole nation is united on the Kashmir issue.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi stated this while addressing All Parties Kashmir Conference organized by PTI Punjab in Lahore on Tuesday, Radio Pakistan reported.

The foreign minister said that the Indian government had taken illegal measures on August 05. He said that the unilateral measures of the Indian government had given a new turn to the Kashmir dispute. »

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Srinagar, September 17 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops are torching markets during night time to intimidate the Kashmiris into submission and divert their attention from the ongoing freedom movement.

The troops in such mysterious incidents have set ablaze at least 15 shops in Beerwah area of Budgam district during last fifteen days. Locals said that the troops set on fire twelve shops near bus stand in Beerwah on the intervening night of 14th and 15th September. They said that before that the shops of Ghulam Muhammad Rangroot, Pervez Ahmed Waza and Mushtaq Ahmed Butt were burnt in the same market. »

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Geneva, September 17 (KMS): The APHC-AJK leader, Shameem Shawl has said that unresolved Kashmir dispute has been causing unprecedented sufferings to the Kashmiris not only due to wars but due to massive human rights violations by Indian occupational forces with impunity under the cover of black laws.

Speaking in Geneva she said the inhuman and disgraceful situation in the UN-mandated disputed territory makes everyone believe that present regime in India is fascist and racist; further more it shows that it does not have any faith in fundamental human rights and dignity of humans. This regime is targeting women and kids more to create fear to make Kashmir’s submit before the Indian extra judicial might; the continuous imposition of curfew since 5th August 2019, 40th day in total so far has deprived the entire population from basic needs of food, medicine and excess to the life saving facilities which is proving to be more catastrophic. »

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