Humanitarian crisis worsens as curfew enters 180th day in occupied Kashmir (updated 31st January 2020)

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Special
Report On Indian Occupied Kashmir

Mr. Mian
Abdul Majeed:  President  Nazaria e Pakistan Foundation and Chancellor
Textile University Pakistan has visited London in October to November 2019.
During his visit  he collected some
articles about Kashmir which different international Newspapers that are being
republish in monthly Interaction with thanks and courtesy of those Papers.

Srinagar:
Military lockdown and restrictions continue on 180th consecutive day today in
occupied Kashmir following the August 5 Indian illegal decision to abrogate
special status of the held valley.

According
to Kashmir Media Service, restrictions under Section 144 remain enforced and
residents continue to suffer immensely due to suspension of internet across all
platforms, SMS and prepaid cellular services.

As a mark
of silent protest, people in the Valley continue to keep their shops closed
except for a brief period in the morning and evening and stay away from schools
and offices. Public transport is also unavailable.

The
clampdown has not only affected inter-district road connectivity drastically
but has also thrown great challenges for old city residents due to the shutting
of factories, industries, and other workplaces.

The
residents of Kashmir valley are facing severe hardships due to shortage of
essential commodities due to continued blockade and fast approaching winter.
The opening of Jamia Masjid is considered to be the absolute parameter of
normalcy, but it has not seen any Friday gathering for the past 179 days.

According
to a report, Indian brutalities in held Kashmir continue for the fourth
consecutive month.

More than 8
million Kashmiris are facing media blackout and Indian miseries. Almost 894
children have been martyred in occupied Kashmir so far, while more than 177
thousand have been orphaned.

The
occupation authorities continue to place almost all Hurriyat leaders including
Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai under house
arrest or in jails. Over 11,000 Kashmiris including resistance leaders,
political activists and youth have been arrested.

On the
other hand, a bill has been introduced in the US House of Representatives
urging India to end curfew and communication blackout in the valley.

The bill
has also called to end the restrictions and preserve religious freedom for all
residents.

The bill
moved by Pramila Jayapal stated that people across the United States maintain
ties with family and friends in occupied Kashmir, and have reported difficulty
contacting their loved ones since the communications blockade was imposed on
August 5.

The bill
also urged India to allow international human rights observers and journalists
to visit occupied Kashmir.

It further
asked India to swiftly release arbitrarily detained people in occupied Kashmir
and refrain from conditioning the release of detained people on their
willingness to sign bonds prohibiting any political activities and speeches.

On January
10, Indian Supreme Court ruled the communications blackout in occupied Kashmir
as unconstitutional and ordered the government to review all restrictions,
including suspension of internet service, in occupied Kashmir within a week.

The court
ruled that shutting down internet in occupied Kashmir was unconstitutional.

The supreme
court also directed the Indian government to make public all orders imposing a
lockdown in Kashmir in August after the constitution’s Article 370 granting
Kashmir special status was revoked.

An
indefinite suspension of the internet is a violation of the country’s telecoms
rules, the court said, ordering authorities in occupied Kashmir to review all
curbs in a week’s time.

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