Srinagar, March 06 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown is being observed for the second consecutive day, today, in Tral area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district against the killing of two youth by Indian troops.

All shops and business establishments are closed in the area while public transport is off the road.

Two youth Irfan Ahmad Rather and Adfar Fayaz, both residents of Tral, were martyred by Indian troops during a cordon and search operation at Mir Mohalla in the town. A two-storey residential house was also blasted by the troops during the operation. »

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‘Any change in Kashmir’s disputed nature to face resistance’

Srinagar, March 06 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, has said that any change in the disputed status of Jammu and Kashmir would face stiff resistance as people and resistance leadership are on the same page.

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq addressing a meeting at his residence in Srinagar expressed concern over the escalating tensions between Pakistan and India saying the region “is in great danger of destruction”. He said he has repeatedly been saying that war is no solution to problems between India and Pakistan especially for the Kashmir dispute and its precarious offshoots. »

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‘Political prisoners kept with hardcore criminals’

Srinagar, March 06 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, lack of proper food, medical care, imprisonment of political prisoners with hardcore criminals, shortage of space, delay in trials and hurdles in inmates’ meetings with their family members have been highlighted as some points in a report released by Kashmir Bar Association on the appalling condition in the jails of the territory.

On the directions of High Court of the territory, several teams constituted by the Bar Association visited different jails and prepared the report.

After interacting with inmates in Udhampur district jail, a report compiled by a four-member team said, there are no proper medical facilities available to the inmates. Besides, there is also no qualified doctor in the jail. “The escort is not provided to the prisoners for taking them to the courts and resultantly their trial is getting delayed without any fault of theirs,” the report said. »

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Srinagar, March 06 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM) has said that the Indian authorities are making deliberate attempts to prolong the illegal detention of its Chairperson, Aasiya Andrabi, and her two associates, Fehmeeda Sofi and Naheeda Nasreen.

A spokesperson of DeM in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the three women leaders were produced before a court of India’s National Investigation Agency in New Delhi on Tuesday. She said despite the fact that all the documents related to the case, as demanded by the court, were in the possession of NIA, but the investigation agency did not produce the same before the court. She said that the court later listed the case for hearing on April 11, 2019. »

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Shutdown affects normal life

Srinagar, March 05 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism martyred two Kashmiri youth in Pulwama district, today.

The troops martyred the youth identified as Adfar Fayaz Parray and Irfan Ahmad Rather during a cordon and search operation in Tral area of the district. The troops also blasted a house with explosive material in the area. Adfar and Irfan were residents of Gulshanpora and Shariefabad areas of the town.

Meanwhile, shutdown was observed in the Kashmir valley and in Banihal and other areas of Jammu region against the ban on Jamaat-e-Islami and New Delhi’s attempts to scrap Article 35-A of the Indian Constitution. Call for the strike was jointly given by the Kashmir Economic Alliance, Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers, Federation Chamber of Industries Kashmir and All Transport Welfare Association. »

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Srinagar, March 05 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik has once again reiterated that any tinkering with the state subject law through judicial route will be resisted tooth and nail. »

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Srinagar, March 05 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyat leaders and organizations have paid glowing tributes to the youth martyred by Indian troops in Handwara and Tral areas.

Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference Chairman, Shabbir Ahmad Dar, in a statement issued in Srinagar, today, said martyred youth including Ishfaq Majid Mir, Irfan Ahmad Rathar and Adfar Fayaz were brave sons of the soil who sacrificed their lives for the freedom cause. »

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Washington, March 05 (KMS): In what could be termed a setback for India, the United States has decided to end preferential trade status for New Delhi, under a scheme which allows certain products to enter the US duty-free, media reports said.

President Donald Trump said India had failed to assure the US it would provide reasonable access to its markets.

It is the latest US attempt to counter what it sees as unfair trade practices. Mr Trump has pledged to reduce US trade deficits, and has repeatedly called out India for high tariffs. »

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Srinagar, March 05 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Jammu and Kashmir, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, has strongly condemned the ongoing arrest spree against Jamaat-e-Islami leaders and workers.

Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai in a statement issued in Srinagar said, “A vicious atmosphere has been created in the Valley. Ongoing arrest spree of socio-religious leaders and workers, and others during the past few days has created chaos and uncertainty.” »

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Brussels, March 05 (KMS): The participants of a protest demonstration in Brussels called upon the European Union to play its effective role for reduction of tension in South Asia through the peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the wishes of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

The demonstration arranged by Kashmir Council Europe (KCEU) in front of the head offices of EU commission and EU external action service in Brussels was attended by a number of the people from different walks of life including members of various European Kashmiri and Pakistani organizations. »

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