Srinagar, September 14 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has welcomed the recent remarks of the newly-appointed UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet wherein she expressed concern over human rights abuses in occupied Kashmir.

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq addressing a gathering at Jamia Masjid in Srinagar, today, deplored that India’s response to her statement had exposed its claims regarding human values and democracy. »

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Srinagar, September 14 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown is being observed in Sopore and Zainageer areas of Baramulla district, today, to protest against the killing of Hurriyat activist, Hakeem-ur-Rehman Sultani, and youth by Indian troops.

Call for the shutdown has been given by the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik.

All shops, business establishments and petrol pumps are closed in Sopore and Zaingeer areas while transport is off the road. The occupation authorities yesterday ordered the closure of all educational institutions in Sopore sub-division today. »

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New Delhi, September 14 (KMS): The Supreme Court of India has stayed a Delhi High Court’s order that granted bail to Kashmiri businessman, Zahoor Ahmed Watali.

The Delhi High Court on Thursday granted bail to the Kashmiri businessman and observed that nothing had been shown to suggest that his trade was an unlawful activity. Zahoor Watali was arrested by India’s notorious National Investigation Agency NIA in a case of supporting the Kashmiri freedom-fighters. »

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United Nations, September 14 (KMS): The United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, has listed India among several countries in his report that details an alarming level of harsh reprisals and intimidation against those who cooperate with the UN on human rights issues.

The ninth annual report of the UN Secretary General details the level of retaliation against human rights defenders on a country-by-country basis, including allegations of killing, torture, arbitrary arrests, and public stigmatization campaigns, which also target victims of rights abuse. The report documents allegations of reprisals and intimidation in 38 countries, some of which are members of the Human Rights Council. »

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Jammu, September 14 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, at least fifteen people were killed and several others were injured in a road accident in Kishtwar district, today.

The mishap occurred when an overloaded vehicle skidded off the road and rolled down into Chenab River in Thakrie area of the district. During the accident, fifteen people were killed while eleven others were wounded. The injured were shifted to a nearby hospital.

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Srinagar, September 14 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Jammu and Kashmir, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, has paid glowing tributes to the youth martyred by Indian troops during cordon and search operations.

Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the sacrifices of Kashmiri youth had centre-staged the Kashmir dispute at the international level. He said that India’s intransigence was the main impediment in peaceful settlement of the lingering Kashmir dispute. He said that India had never expressed its willingness to resolve the dispute in its historic and international perspective. »

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Srinagar, September 14 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Shia-Sunni Coordination Committee held a special session at Khanqah-e-Maulla in Srinagar with senior Hurriyat leader and the Chairman of Ittehad-ul-Muslimeeen, Maulana Masroor Abbas Ansari, in chair.

A large number of people from different Shia and Suni religious associations and political and social organizations participated in the meeting.

The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), Muhammad Yasin Malik, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq’s secretary Maulana Shams-ur-Rehman, Javaid Ahmed Mir, Abdul Majeed Wani, Hilal Ahmad War, Mushtaq Ahmad Sofi, Maulana Ghulam Mustafa Fatimi, Jafar Kashmiri, Ghulam Nabi Najar, Muhammad Ashraf and Syed Mohammad Hamdani, besides representatives of Jamiat-e-Hamdaniya, Shaheed-e-Millat Youth Forum, Peoples League and Anjuman-e-Hussaini Khanyar attended the special session. »

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Srinagar, September 14 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Muslim League (JKML) has said that the Kashmiri people will continue their struggle till they achieve their inalienable right to self-determination.

The JKML Acting Chairman, Abdul Ahad Para, addressing a party meeting in Srinagar said that the Kashmiris had rendered matchless sacrifices for the Kashmir cause and the liberation movement would be taken to its logical conclusion against all odds. »

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Srinagar, September 14 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC), Syed Ali Gilani and other Hurriyat leaders have condoled with the former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mohammad Nawaz Sharif, over the demise of his wife, Kulsoom Nawaz.

According to Kashmir Media Service, Syed Ali Gilani in his condolence message to Nawaz Sharif and his family, prayed Allah Almighty to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and give courage to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss.

The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), Muhammad Yasin Malik in a statement in Srinagar expressed heartfelt grief and sorrow over the demise of Kulsoom Nawaz. »

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Srinagar, September 13 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC), Syed Ali Gilani has paid rich tributes to the martyrs of Handwara and Sopore.

Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar reiterated his appeal to the freedom-loving people of Sopore and Zainageer to observe a complete shutdown tomorrow (Friday) to pay tributes to martyr Hakeem-ur-Rehman Sultani. »

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