Srinagar, August 31 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC), Syed Ali Gilani has urged people to boycott the upcoming local bodies and panchayat elections.

Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar said, “Participation in these elections is synonymous to treason with the blood of martyrs. Indian authorities are misleading the world community by portraying people’s participation in elections as a verdict in their favour.”

He appealed to the people to boycott all the forthcoming so-called elections including Assembly or Parliamentary polls.

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Srinagar, August 31 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, a video has gone viral on social media in which a family is seen confronting a group of Indian troops for opening fire inside their house during a cordon and search operation in Kupwara district.

The video, which is being widely circulated on social media like Facebook and WhatsApp, shows a man repeatedly asking the Indian forces’ personnel why did they open fire inside his house? »

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New Delhi, 31 August (KMS): Sounding the bugle of revolt against the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, a parallel body of Hindu saints on Thursday resolved to work out an amicable solution to the centuries old Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute in Ayodhya, reports Kashmir Media Service.

Drawn from local congregations and a few other north Indian religious centres, these “anti-VHP” saints met formally for the first time on Thursday under the banner of the Vishwa Dharam Raksha Parishad. The Parishad threatened to wage a war against the VHP, which they alleged was indulging in petty politicking.

The parishad resolved, “to ensure peaceful co-existence of both a temple and a mosque” at the disputed site. While giving a clarion call to oust the VHP from the temple movement, the leaders of the outfit even threatened to use force against them.

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Srinagar, August 31 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik has strongly condemned the harassment of the families of freedom activists by the Indian forces saying that the action will only worsen the situation.

The resistance leaders in a statement issued in Srinagar denounced the use of brute force by the authorities against the families of freedom activists and said, “Use of unbridled force against Kashmiris will strengthen our resolve”.

They said, arrest of 70-year-old Assadullah Naikoo, father of Reyaz Naikoo, and two brothers of Lateef Tiger are acts of revenge which can in no way deter the Kashmiris from pursing the goal of freedom. Burning down the houses of two freedom activists in Shopian district and arrest of Syed Shakeel, the second son of Syed Salahuddin, is condemnable, they added. »

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Srinagar, August 31 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the authorities have booked four youth under black law, Public Safety Act (PSA), in Rajouri district of Jammu region.

The youth identified as Sajjad Ahmed Malla, Muhammad Arif, Khurshid Ahmed Thokar and Ajaz Ahmed Sofi have been lodged in Kot Bhalwal jail in Jammu after being booked under the PSA. »

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Srinagar, August 31 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, member of the so-called Kashmir Assembly, Engineer Abdur Rasheed has condemned the arrests of relatives of noted freedom activists, Syed Salahuddin and Riyaz Naikoo.

India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested Syed Salahuddin’s son while Indian police have detained the father of Riyaz Naikoo. »

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Srinagar, August 31 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the family members of prominent freedom activist, Syed Salahuddin, have expressed concern over repeated raids by Indian National Investigation Agency (NIA) on their home and arrest of his son, Syed Shakeel Ahmad, from his Rambagh residence in Srinagar, the other night.

The family members in a statement issued in Srinagar through Shakeel’s brother, Syed Abdul Wahid, said that when they approached the authorities concerned about the whereabouts of Syed Shakeel, the details were not provided to them. »

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Srinagar, 31 August (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, unidentified gunmen have abducted seven relatives of policemen in south Kashmir.

The gunmen abducted seven persons connected directly or indirectly with the local police force including Zubair Ahmed, son of a policeman from Arwani area of Kulgam district; Arif Ahmed, brother of a middle-rung police officer from Arwani; Faizan Ahmed, son of a policeman from Kharpora in Kulgam; Sumar Ahmed Rathar, son of a policeman from Yaripora in Kulgam; Gowhar Ahmed Malik, brother of a Deputy Superintendent of Police Aijaz Ahmed Malik from Katapora in Kulgam; Asif Rafique Rathar, a student of University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, Kashmir, and son of a policeman Rafique Ahmed Rathar from Pinglish in Tral. »

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Srinagar, August 31 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown is being observed on the second consecutive day, today, against the attempts by BJP-led government in New Delhi to repeal through its judiciary the Article 35-A of the Indian Constitution which guarantees special rights and privileges to the permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir and bars non-Kashmiris from buying property in the territory.

Normal life remains paralyzed in Kashmir Valley, Chenab Valley Doda, Bhaderwah, Banihal, Thathri, Gandoh, Kishtwar, Kargil in Ladakh and Pir Panjal areas of Rajouri and Poonch districts.
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Islamabad, August 31 (KMS): The Foreign Office (FO) Spokesman, Dr Mohammad Faisal has expressed serious concern over the gross human rights violations by the Indian troops in occupied Kashmir.

Dr Mohammad Faisal in his weekly briefing in Islamabad also denounced the continued illegal detention and deteriorating health of Hurriyat leaders including Shabbir Ahmed Shah, Masarrat Aalam Butt, Aasiya Andrabi, Nahida Nasreen, Fehmeeda Sofi, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Ayaz Muhammad Akbar, Altaf Ahmed Shah, Peer Saifullah, Merajuddin Kalwal, Farooq Ahmed Dar, Ghulam Muhammad Khan Sopori and hundreds of Hurriyet leaders and activists languishing in notorious Tihar Jail in New Delhi and other jails and interrogations centres. »

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