Srinagar, June 25 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Political Movement (DPM), a constituent of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference, has hailed the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) for holding the meeting of its Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir.

The OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir in its meeting on Monday expressed deep concern over the worsening human rights and humanitarian situation in occupied Kashmir and demanded India to stop any move towards changing the demographic structure of the territory. It said the question of Kashmir is of utmost importance for Muslim Ummah and called upon its member states to raise the dispute in their bilateral engagements with India.

The DPM in a meeting presided over by its Chairman Khawaja Firdous in Srinagar thoroughly discussed the current grim situation of occupied Kashmir. The participants of the meeting said that describing Kashmir as an issue of the Muslim Ummah by the OIC Contact Group was a commendable and positive development. »

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India’s behavior with Pakistani diplomats clear violation of Vienna Convention

Islamabad, June 25 (KMS): Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said innocent Kashmiris are being martyred every day.
In a statement issued here, he also lauded Saudi Arabia and Turkey for rejecting India’s decision about occupied Kashmir.

He also lamented India’s behavior with Pakistani diplomats in New Delhi terming it a clear violation of the Vienna Convention. »

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Kuala Lumpur, June 25 (KMS): The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has express full support to the communique of the recent OIC Contact Group Virtual Emergency meeting on the situation of Indian occupied Kashmir.

In a letter to OIC, ASEAN coalition pointed out that the situation on the ground in Jammu Kashmir is dire and needs immediate attention to alleviate the sufferings of the Kashmiri civilians. »

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London, June 24 (KMS): Debbie Abrahams, MP and Chairperson of All-Party Parliamentary Kashmir Group (APPKG) of the British Parliament, has asked her government to call for UN Security Council meeting on Kashmir to avert a global disaster.

While making a mention of the complacency of British government over human rights violations in occupied Kashmir, the British MP & APPKG Chairperson said that complacency of the international community as a whole contributed to the crisis unfolding at the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh, occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

She said that Indian and Chinese armies are toe-to-toe and there has been maximum stand-off between Pakistan and India since last August. “I do not need to remind anybody that these three are nuclear powers.” »

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‘New policy a serious threat to press freedom in IOK’

Srinagar, June 24 (KMS): Editors from across occupied Jammu and Kashmir while strongly reacting to the so-called media policy of the fascist Modi government in India for Jammu and Kashmir have demanded immediate revocation of the policy, which makes it binding for media outlets to get their contents checked by Indian secret agencies before being published.

An official statement released in the first week of June while highlighting the key features of the 53-page media policy said, “For the first time, the media policy lays down the guidelines for empanelment of audio-visual and electronic media such as FM, radio, Satellite and cable TV channels so …].” The policy also empowers punitive action in the form of booking journalists and editors under various laws of Indian Penal Code.

The policy has been criticised both locally as well internationally for violating the freedom of speech and the freedom of the press in the occupied territory. The local media in Kashmir is under siege since August 5, last year, when India stripped the territory of its special status. »

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CASOs continue in several IOK districts

Srinagar, June 24 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops during nocturnal raids arrested four youth in Sopore town, while they continued cordon and search operations in several districts of the territory.

The troops arrested the youth from different areas of the town.

Indian troops continued their massive cordon and search operations in several areas of Srinagar, Baramulla, Kupwarea, Shopian, Kulgam, Pulwama and Islamabad districts. »

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#PlightOfKashmiriHalfWidows

Islamabad, June 24 (KMS): As the world marked United Nations’ International Day of Widows on Tuesday, thousands of widows and half-widows mourn the killing and enforced disappearance of their husbands by Indian troops in occupied Jammu and Kashmir over the past 31-years.

According to a report released by the Research Section of Kashmir Media Service, that the killing of 95,611 of Kashmiris by the brutal Indian forces have rendered 22,915 Kashmiri women widowed, 107,792 children orphaned and thousands of women half-widowed amid discovery of 6,000 mass graves and over 8,000 enforced disappearances. Half widows are such women whose husbands have been subjected to enforced disappearance but have not been declared dead. Their exact number is not known. These half widows live in isolation with little or no social or financial support.

Begum Jaan, 59-year old, whose husband Shamsuddin Pasal left home for evening prayers in 1998 to never return, she says his disappearance is still a mystery. »

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Srinagar, June 24 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyat leaders and organizations have thanked OIC Contact Group on Kashmir for holding a meeting on the worsening human rights situation in occupied Kashmir. They also hailed Pakistan for making efforts to arrange the meeting.

APHC General Secretary Molvi Bashir Ahmed in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the way the Government of Pakistan was advocating the oppressed Kashmiri people was very encouraging and was strengthening the Kashmir cause. He also thanked the OIC Secretary General for his concern over the grim rights situation in occupied Kashmir and for convening an urgent meeting of the Contact Group on Kashmir. »

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Missing PhD scholar, Basit Hilal

Srinagar, June 24 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the family members of missing PhD scholar, Basit Hilal, once again staged a protest in Srinagar to seek his whereabouts.

The protesters including women and children were carrying placards which read that Basit Hilal was subjected to enforced disappearance by occupational forces.

Basit who had gone along with his friends in Naranag area of Ganderbal, last week, for trekking went missing. His relatives believe that he was either picked up by Indian troops and Indian Army-backed men. »

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Islamabad, June 24 (KMS): The President of Malaysian Consultative Council of Islamic Organizations (MAPIM) and Coordinator of ASEAN People’s Advocacy Group for Kashmir, Mohammad Azmi Abdul Hamid, as representative of the two platforms, has expressed full support to the recent statement of the OIC Contact Group on Kashmir, asking the Muslim forum to impress more pressure on India to resolve the Kashmir dispute.

Mohammad Azmi Abdul Hamid in a plea on behalf of ASEAN People’s Advocacy Group for Kashmir said, “The OIC has not done enough to protect the lives of the Kashmiris. What the Kashmiris have been demanding is a legitimate right to self-determination.” »

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