India can’t weaken Kashmiri detainees’ spirit: Khan Sopori

Srinagar, October 13, 2020 (PPI-OT): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, senior Hurriyat leader Ghulam Muhammad Khan Sopori has expressed concern over the plight of Kashmiri political prisoners languishing in Indian jails. Khan Sopori in a statement issued in Srinagar said that political leaders and activists were detained in jails in IIOJK and India under political vendetta. Expressing concern over the deteriorating health of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Jammu and Kashmir Chairman Muhammad Ashraf Sahrai in jail, he said that he was not being provided proper medical facilities.

Sopori demanded immediate release of all Kashmiri detainees including Muhammad Yasin Malik, Aasiya Andrabi, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Naeem Ahmad Khan, Masarrat Aalam Butt, Ayaz Akbar, Altaf Shah, Dr. Muhammad Qasim Faktoo, Dr. Muhammad Shafi Shariati, Ghulam Ahmad Gulzar, Amir Hamza, Pir Saifullah, Ghulam Muhammad Butt, Shahidul Islam, Merajuddin Kalwal, Farooq Ahmad Dar, Muhammad Rafiq Ganai, Farooq Tawheedi, Fehmida Sufi and Nahida Nasreen.

He said that the detention could not weaken the spirit of Hurriyat leaders for right to self-determination. Ghulam Muhammad Khan Sopori said that freedom-loving Kashmiris were detained under the black law Public Safety Act, and it was repeatedly invoked against the Hurriyat leaders to prolong their detention.

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Fascist Modi regime indifferent to petroleum shortage in IIOJK

Srinagar, October 13, 2020 (PPI-OT): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the apathy of the Modi-led fascist Indian government to mitigate the sufferings of the Kashmiri people has led to severe shortage of petroleum products in the Kashmir valley.

The visible signs of disrupted supply of petroleum were seen at empty petrol pumps in many parts of Kashmir, the other day. Several people across the valley, especially in Srinagar, had to return from petrol pumps without fuel for their vehicles on Monday. People were seen visiting different fuel stations in the city looking for the elusive fuel. The dearth of petrol led to severe panic among the public.

“I visited Bemina petrol pump early morning but couldn’t find any fuel there. Then I visited it again in the day, but there was again the same scenario. I had to then drive a few kilometers to Nowgam, after enquiring from a friend about availability of fuel there,” said Arif Ahmad, a resident of Srinagar.

Similarly complaining of the unavailability of fuel, Sajad Ahmad, a resident of Islamabad, told media that he was surprised to witness the dearth of fuel at the petrol pump in the district during the day. “I was amazed to see that there was no fuel available at our nearby fuel station. I then checked with several other fuel stations around, and luckily managed to get a few litres after much effort,” Ahmad said.

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Three teachers booked under PSA in IIOJK

Srinagar, October 13, 2020 (PPI-OT): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, authorities booked three teachers under black law Public Safety Act (PSA) in Shopian district. Inspector General of Police (IGP) Vijay Kumar talking to media men in Srinagar claimed that the school named Siraj-uloom was affiliated with the Jamaat-e-Islami.

The police officer said that three teachers of the school namely Abdul Ahad, Rouf Ahmad and Mohammad Yousuf had been booked under the PSA adding that about half a dozen other teachers of the school were under surveillance. “Conduct of five to six teachers of the school are under surveillance. Basically, the affiliation of the school is with Jamaat-e-Islami. It is under surveillance,” the IGP said.

However Chairman of the school, Muhammad Yousuf Mattoo told media men that the allegations were baseless. He also refuted the allegation against the teachers. “None of the teachers which police claim were arrested have been our teachers ever.”Matoo said.” They talk about Baramulla student, he was here for 10 to 12 days in March during lockdown. Then some time back he had come back to submit form.

“Even calls details were traced till Bijbhehra. These allegations are baseless.” He also said that his institute was registered. “We are open to answer every question to any media group. They can come and check our teaching and other affairs here. We are registered with income tax department,” he concluded.

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Untoo seeks sanctions against India to stop carnage in IIOJK

Srinagar, October 13, 2020 (PPI-OT): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, International Forum for Justice and Human Rights Chairman Mohammad Ahsan Untoo has demanded sanctions against India to stop the country from carrying out killings and destruction of the property during state-managed encounters in the territory.

Ahsan Untoo in a statement issued in Srinagar said, from 5 August 2019 to 30 September 2020, 960 structures were destroyed by Indian forces after falsely labelling them as militant hideouts. “Anybody who wants to submit claim for compensation, the concerned authorities simply say that the destroyed structure was a militant hideout. They threaten the owners of the destroyed houses with dire consequences against pursuing the case.

He said that a total number of 11,0367 structures have been blasted or burnt by Indian armed forces. The property worth billions of dollars has been destroyed so far and as such millions rendered homeless which is a huge human tragedy. Untoo appealed to international human rights groups, United Nations and International Court of Justice to send fact finding missions to the occupied territory so that the perpetrators of heinous crimes are held accountable.

He said the high-density explosive is used to blast the residential houses which results in the fire and then fire dousing services is stopped to magnify the damage. “This is being done to force people of Kashmir into submission,” he added. He demanded sanctions as only preventive measure to stop India from such acts of state terrorism in IIOJK.

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India hatching conspiracies to create religious disharmony in Pakistan: President Alvi

Islamabad, October 13, 2020 (PPI-OT): President Dr. Arif Alvi has urged the nation to demonstrate unity in dealing with newly faced challenges like hybrid war to destabilize the country through religious fragmentation. In an interview with a private news channel, he said India, having a history of hatching conspiracies against Pakistan and being perturbed by its economic achievements, is trying to destabilize the country through various means, including the attempts to create religious disharmony.

The President said the political forces in Pakistan should also realize the fact, get united for the country’s sake and instead of maligning the state institutions should stand behind them. He said besides creating problems in Balochistan through its spies like Kulbhushan Jadhav, India is also trying to create unrest in Karachi.

Dr Arif Alvi said India has been playing the role of a spoiler in Afghanistan, and it has also problems with all its neighbours, including China, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal. He also referred to a recent report published in the Foreign Policy Magazine and said the Indian state-terrorism has been exposed in the world.

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India’s stance on Kashmir ‘no longer accepted’ internationally: FM Qureshi

Islamabad, October 13, 2020 (PPI-OT): The world has acknowledged Pakistan’s narrative on Kashmir and it no longer accepts India’s stance on the issue, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said. Addressing a ceremony, he said India, through its conspiracies, portrayed the people’s struggle for freedom in Indian occupied Kashmir as terrorism.

“India cunningly trampled on Kashmir’s right to self-determination,” FM Qureshi said, adding that Pakistan needed to counter India’s “negative propaganda”. The foreign minister – talking about the Afghan peace – said that the world was accepting Pakistan’s role in in the process. “America has also acknowledged Pakistan’s narrative when it comes to the Afghan peace process.”

He stressed that the foreign policy was the country’s “first line of defence”, adding that Pakistan needs to develop its foreign relations wing to promote its narrative effectively. Talking about digital diplomacy, the foreign minister said that it was the need of the hour. “Nowadays, breaking news trend is everywhere. Not even a second passes and a news gets aired, and we get a call asking for our response.”

The foreign minister said that a strategic division had been established in the Foreign Office which will focus on how Pakistan’s narrative can be promoted across the globe. The foreign minister, talking about the country’s financial problems, said: “If we remain weak, economically, then we will always have to rely on the International Monetary Fund and other institutions.” Touching upon the important role of media in Pakistan, the foreign minister said: “Indeed, the media is the fourth pillar of the state.”

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Report of Human Rights Watch exposes Indian atrocities In IIOJK: FO

Islamabad, October 13, 2020 (PPI-OT): Foreign Office says the latest report of Human Rights Watch has exposed Indian atrocities in Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir and discriminatory attitude towards the minorities in India. Talking to media, foreign office spokesman Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said the prevailing situation in IIOJ and K is worsening day by day and since August 5 last year Indian forces have been using every brutal tool against the Kashmiris.

He said amnesty International has closed its offices in India so, it is not right to say that international community is not taking notice of Kashmir dispute. He said today, India is losing in IIOJ and K and its policies in the valley have completely failed.

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