18 mediamen killed, scores injured since 1989: report

Srinagar, May 03 (KMS): Occupied Kashmir is one of the most dangerous places of the world where people associated with the press and media are performing their professional duties in the most difficult circumstances and situation.

According to a report released by Research Section of Kashmir Media Service on the occasion of the World Press Freedom Day, today, eighteen journalists have been confirmed as being killed while performing their duties during the Kashmiris’ ongoing liberation struggle since 1989. They included Shabbir Ahmed Dar, Mushtaq Ali, Muhammad Shaban Wakeel, a woman scribe Aasiya Jeelani, Ghulam Muhammad Lone, Ghulam Rasool Azad, Pervez Muhammad Sultan, Shujaat Bukhari, Ali Muhammad Mahajan, Syed Ghulam Nabi, Altaf Ahmed Fakhtoo, Saidan Shafi, Tariq Ahmed, Abdul Majid Butt and Javed Ahmed Mir. »

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London, April 30 (KMS): India has increased its defence spending by 3.1 per cent to USD 66.5 billion in 2018, according to a new report on global military expenditure released by a leading Swedish think tank, the other day.

The total world military expenditure rose to USD 1,822 billion in 2018, representing an increase of 2.6 per cent from 2017, The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said in its annual report. »

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Paris, April 18 (KMS): The Paris-based media watchdog, Reporters Without Borders or Reporters Sans Frontiers (RSF) has said that the reportage from journalists working for local media outlets in occupied Kashmir are often the targets of violence by Indian paramilitary forces acting with the tacit consent of the Indian government.

The RSF in its 2019 report said that occupied Kashmir continued to be very difficult place for the journalists to perform their professional duties. Foreign reporters are barred from entering Kashmir and the internet is often disconnected there, it said. »

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Srinagar, April 17 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, a study conducted by the Department of Psychiatry of Government Medical College (GMC), Srinagar, has revealed that 85 % of pellet victims were diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder.

The study titled ‘Psychiatric Morbidity in Pellet Injury Victims of Kashmir’ said that since the 2016 mass uprising in Kashmir, 325 pellet victims had been treated for psychiatric disorders at associated hospitals of Government Medical College (GMC) Srinagar. “85 % of 380 pellet victims examined during this post-2016 uprising period were found to be suffering from various psychiatric disorders,” it said. »

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Srinagar, March 29 (KMS): Indian brutalities in occupied Kashmir have forced scholars and educated youth to take up arms against Indian state terrorism, Washington Post has said in a report.

The report said that the numbers of young Kashmiris turning to the armed resistance was growing and not just the youth but also professors had also started standing up against Indian atrocities in the occupied territory.

The Washington Post report shared the account of a professor Muhammad Rafi Butt. He failed to attend a faculty meeting at the University of Kashmir one Friday afternoon last year and no one knew of his whereabouts till two days later, when his colleagues turned on their televisions and saw that he was martyred by Indian troops during a cordon and search operation in Badigam village of the Shopian district. »

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Paris, March 21 (KMS): Paris-based human rights organization, International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), an amalgam of 184 organisations from 112 countries, has published a briefing note detailing key human rights issues of concern in occupied Kashmir.

The FIDH and its partner organizations Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) and Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS) together have demanded full and unfettered access to occupied Kashmir to the UN bodies and representatives, foreign and domestic human rights organizations, and foreign and local journalists. »

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Toronto, 11 March (KMS): The Globe and Mail, Canada’s most widely read newspaper on weekdays and Saturdays, while criticizing the world’s silence over real risk of nuclear war over Kashmir between Pakistan and India has said that the global powers have to stop relying on their historic biases in this conflict and must insist that unproven accusations are not sufficient to justify acts that can lead to war and escalation of the nuclear threat.

The writer, Alison Redford in her article ‘This is not the same old India-Pakistan conflict’ also brushed aside the allegations against Pakistan saying, “For too long, Pakistan’s actions have been unreasonably characterized as aggressive.” »

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Women including Aasiya Andrabi facing illegal detention

Islamabad, March 08 (KMS): As the world is observing the International Women’s Day, today, the miseries and victimization of Kashmiri women by Indian troops and police personnel continue unabated in occupied Kashmir.

According to a report released by the Research Section of Kashmir Media Service on the occasion of the International Women’s Day, today, thousands of women were among 95,316 Kashmiris martyred by Indian military, paramilitary and police personnel since January 1989 till date. At least 667 women have been martyred by Indian troops since January 2001 till date. »

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Srinagar, March 01 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their unabated acts of state terrorism martyred 27 Kashmiris including 2 young boys during the last month of February.

According to the data issued by the Research Section of Kashmir Media Service, today, one of those martyred was killed in custody.

The killings rendered 1 woman widowed and 2 children orphaned. »

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Srinagar, February 01 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their unabated acts of state terrorism, martyred 18 Kashmiris during the last month of January.

According to the data issued by the Research Section of Kashmir Media Service, today, these killings rendered two women widowed and two children orphaned.

As many as 126 people were injured due to the use of brute force and firing of bullets, pellets and teargas shells by the Indian troops and police personnel against mourners and peaceful protesters while 93 civilians including Hurriyat leaders and activists were arrested during the month.

Indian forces’ personnel also destroyed four residential houses during the period.

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