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Indian Supreme Court orders Modi govt to restore normalcy in occupied Kashmir

The Indian Supreme Court on Monday ordered the Narendra Modi led government to restore normalcy in occupied Kashmir. Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi issued these orders while hearing a petition filed by child rights expert Enakshi Ganguly and Professor Shanta Sinha, first Chairperson of the National Commission for Child Rights (NCPCR), stating that there have been reports about the...

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Anti-India protests held in IoK

SRINAGAR: Thousands of people held anti-India protests in occupied Kashmir following India’s move to revoke the special status of the occupied valley. According to Kashmir Media Service, scores of people were injured after the occupying forces and police used brute force against the protesters in Srinagar. Defying strict lockdown, thousands of people including women, children and elderly persons gathered in...

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Kashmir issue needs to be resolved peacefully under UN Charter: China

BEIJING: China has categorically stated the Kashmir issue is a dispute from colonial history and it should be resolved peacefully under the UN Security Council resolutions. Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi during his interaction with Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi in Beijing expressed serious concern over the situation arising from India's actions by India in occupied Kashmir....

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More than two million Hajj pilgrims stay at Arafat as main rituals begin

MOUNT ARAFAT: Around two million pilgrims from around the world converged in Arafat on Saturday to perform the main ritual of Hajj "Waqoof-e-Arafat". They listened sermon delivered at Namira Mosque and then performed Zuhr and Asr prayers combined and are spending time in Arafat with prayers for acceptance of their pilgrimage and recitation of Quranic verses until sunset. After sunset,...

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Curfew in Indian occupied Kashmir eased for Friday prayers, claims police

A strict curfew keeping residents of Indian-occupied Kashmir in their homes for a fifth day was being eased for Friday prayers, the police chief said. The mostly-Muslim region has been under an unprecedented security lockdown and near-total communications blackout to prevent unrest as India's Hindu nationalist-led government announced it was revoking Kashmir's special constitutional status and downgrading its statehood. “People...

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FM Qureshi reaches China to consult over occupied Kashmir

Beijing: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Friday arrived China on a diplomatic mission. The foreign minister undertook the visit in view of the deteriorating situation of peace and security in the region after India revoked special status of Occupied Kashmir. He is due to hold important meetings with the Chinese leadership during which he will apprise them of Pakistan's...

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Article 370 was a hurdle for development of Kashmir: Modi

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday Article 370 was a hurdle for the development of Jammu & Kashmir. Indian premier made these remarks during a speech on the state broadcaster, he added that "I want to tell the people of Jammu and Kashmir that your representatives will come from amongst you." "The democracy in our nation is so...

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Tensions in IoK are likely to increase regional instability: US

The United States has warned that India's repealing of occupied Kashmir's special status may have broader implications and result in increased instability in the region. The US Department of State, in a press release, said it would continue to support direct dialogue between India and Pakistan on Kashmir and other issues of concern. "[We are] closely following India's legislation regarding...

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India martyrs six as troops open fire on IoK protesters

SRINAGAR: The Indian Army martyred at least six people and injured another 100 as its troops in Occupied Kashmir opened fire on protesters, various news outlets reported on Wednesday. The Indian Army used bullets, teargas, and pellets and engaged in shelling on the protesters as they took to the streets of various towns, including Srinagar, Pulwama, and Baramulla, despite the...

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Taliban claim bomb attack on police in Afghanistan

KABUL: A suicide attacker detonated a car-bomb outside a police station in the Afghan capital Kabul on Wednesday wounding at least 95 people, government officials said, and the Taliban claimed responsibility. There has been no let-up in violence in Afghanistan even though the Taliban and the United States appear close to a historic pact for US troops to withdraw in...

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ICJ condemns revoking of Article 370, urges India to respect Kashmiris’ rights

The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) has condemned the legislative steps taken by India in occupied Kashmir and urged the Indian government to "respect, protect and fulfill the human rights of people in Jammu and Kashmir." India rushed through a presidential decree on Monday to scrap Article 370, which terminated the special status granted to occupied Kashmir and made the...

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BJP leader and ex-Indian FM Sushma Swaraj passes away

NEW-DELHI: BJP leader and former Indian foreign minister Sushma Swaraj passed away a while ago at AIIMS on Tuesday. The BJP veteran, who suffered a massive heart attack, died at the age of 67. Her last Twitter post was about thanking Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the government’s move on Kashmir stating that she was waiting for this day in...

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US media slams India’s move to scrap occupied Kashmir’s special status

NEW YORK: A leading American newspaper has denounced Indian government’s decision to strip Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK) of its semiautonomous status and called for preventing “India’s folly from escalating into a perilous and unpredictable regional crisis.” In an editorial, The New York Times editorial board called New Delhi’s move, which was accompanied by a huge security clampdown, as “dangerous and wrong” and...

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Former IoK CM Mehbooba Mufti arrested, taken to state guest house

President of the Jammu & Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former chief minister of the Indian-occupied Kashmir (IoK) Mehbooba Mufti was on Monday taken to a state guest house after being placed under house arrest in wake of Indian government signed an order revoking the special status granted to Indian-occupied Kashmir under Article 370 of the Constitution. Omar Abdullah,...

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Nineteen dead in explosion due to Cairo car crash

CAIRO: Nineteen people died and 30 were injured in an explosion resulting from a car crash in central Cairo, Egypt’s health ministry said on Monday. There was no official statement indicating that the explosion was an attack. The blast happened when a car driving against traffic on Cairo’s Nile corniche road collided with three other cars, the interior ministry said...

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BJP murdered democracy: Indian opposition responds to Article 370 scrapping

Indian President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday signed an order revoking the special status granted to Indian-occupied Kashmir under Article 370 of the Constitution — a move heatedly opposed by the majority of the opposition. Ghulam Nabi Azad, a senior Congress leader and Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha — the upper house of India's parliament — in his...

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India terminates special status of occupied Kashmir, places region under lockdown

The Indian government on Monday rushed through a presidential decree to terminate Article 370 of the Constitution which grants special status to Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK), as tensions build up in the disputed valley with unprecedented numbers of Indian troops deployed in the region. Indian Home Minister Amit Shah introduced a resolution to scarp Article 370 in Rajya Sabha earlier...

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