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Srinagar: Senior Hurriyat Leader and Chief Patron, Islamic Political Party, Mr. Mohammad Yousuf Naqash, welcomes U.N General Secretary, Mr. Ban Ki Moon and O.I.C General Secretary Mr. Ahsan Ignaloof for their remarks regarding the Human Rights situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir. “The situation in Kashmir is grave due to the state terrorism and oppression of Indian forces and state police”, said. Mr. Naqash. Continuous strict curfew restrictions and ban on media is depictive of the fact that India wants to curb the ongoing peaceful struggle for freedom in Kashmir by military might. To stop the local media from publishing the incidents of death and destruction at the hands of Indian forces and state police not only movement of state journalists is restricted but also the local papers and channels are completely banned. Today if in such a hard situation local papers started circulation but the hawkers were disallowed circulation and also thrashed by forces. Their newspaper bundles were snatched from them. Mr. Naqash has strongly condemned this state terrorism and ban on media by India and its puppet State administration and said that Kashmiri people will continue their struggle for freedom from Indian forced and illegal occupation in spite of state repression.

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Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani customized its protest calendar again on Friday after counter war on protest calls starts from authorities.
As part of its ‘Quit Kashmir’ campaign, Hurriyat (G) asked people to not to observe strike on September 25 and on Sunday 26, September.
While talking to Agene, Hurriyat (G) spokesman Ayaz Akbar said, “There shall be not strike on Saturday and Sunday.”
He further said people should carry out their routine life and said there will be no protest on these days.
The new protests calendar will be issued on Sunday, he added.
Meanwhile, strict curfew remained in place in most parts of the valley for the 13th consecutive day Friday with phased relaxations in the afternoon.
Authorities today relaxed the curfew restrictions at some places in North, South and Central Kashmir, said police.
Accordint to police spokesman, curfew was relaxed in Trehgam and Kralpora from 03.30 PM to 6.00 PM while in Kupwara town from 3.15 PM to 6.30 PM.
At Anantnag and Bijbehara in South Kashmir the restrictions were relaxed from 4.30PM to 7 PM. In Kulgam the curfew was relaxed from 4 PM onwards.
At Kangan it was relaxed from 4PM to 7PM and at Ganderbal from 5PM to 7PM, during which some shops reopened and private transport started plying though public transport remained off the road. People were seen buying eatables, medicines and other essential items.
Authorities continued their counter on Hurriyat (G) protest calendar.
Earlier APHC (G) announced a two-day break in the protest calendar, though state authorities imposed curfew it seems that to break the “writ” of Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani.
This was for the third time that the relaxation announced by Hurriyat (G) was countered by the authorities with imposition of curfew. Earlier Hurriyat (G) had called on people not to observe strike and protests on September 19 (Sunday) and September 22 (Wednesday). However, there was no such respite from the government.
People suffer lot between the battle of the government and the separatists.
The government’s new experiment of fighting fire with fire had begun to become evident a few days ago when it clamped curfew on top of a break in strike, and was more or less confirmed today when curfew continued despite Geelani’s announcement of a normal working day

The decision to continue with curfew was learnt to have been taken at a high-level meeting here chaired by the chief minister, Omar Abdullah, with sources saying that the government would take recourse of restrictions whenever Geelani gave a respite in his strikes, for the time being at least.
Geelani in his previous calendar had asked entrepreneurs to resume manufacturing activities at night. But the day and night curfew has frustrated the move. Prior to Geelani’s calendar, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq of the Hurriyat (M) had called for a ‘civil disobedient movement’ to frustrate the government.
The state government has announced that schools will reopen on Monday. “The government has already announced the new school timing which will be strictly adhered to (from September 27) keeping in view the demand of parents in general and entire student community in particular,” Kashmir Commissioner Asgar Hassan Samoon said.
“There is very less time available for completion of syllabus ahead of school examinations.” Samoon said concerned district authorities will take care of security aspect of the students.
Reports from Kupwara said the Army went to a number of villages and announced that schools will reopen on Monday.
Part of the ‘quit Kashmir campaign calendars’ offer people schedules for marches, protests and other activities. Most of these schedules were success.
Now, nobody knows what the state government plans for these two days, when Hurriyat (G) has asked people to resume normal life.
It is supposed to be open as per the Geelani’s calendar but the people are not sure about authorities either they allow local movement or continue counter on Geelani’s call by imposing curfew.

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Srinagar: At least twelve people, including a senior pro-freedom leader on Friday were injured when Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and police burst tear smoke shells and opened fire to quell pro-freedom demonstrations in Bemina area of the Srinagar city. Meanwhile, curfew was relaxed for a few hours in several districts, while rest of the Valley reeled under curfew for thirteenth straight day.
Reports and eyewitnesses told Press Bureau of India that a group of youth this evening took to streets at Gousia colony, Bemina and staged pro-freedom and anti-India demonstrations. Chanting pro-Independence and anti-India slogans, the people, mainly youth were protesting against the alleged atrocities by the forces. When the protesters tried to take out a march on the main road, CRPF and police lobbed teargas canisters to quell the marchers. In retaliation, the protesters pelted rocks and stones on the forces sparking off fierce clashes.
The forces, eyewitnesses said opened fire upon the protesters from their pellet guns resulting in injuries to at least a dozen people. Prominent Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) leader, Showkat Bakshi, his wife Shaheena, sister Qurat-ul-Ain and niece Anjum were also injured in the firing. The injured were removed to SK Institute of medical sciences, Bemina and later Soura.
When contacted, Medical Superintendent, SKIMS, Dr Syed Amin Tabish said that seven people, six among them with firearm injury were brought to hospital. “The condition of all the injured is stable,” he said.
“Late in the evening some miscreants defying the curfew restrictions, resorted to heavy stone pelting on security forces, at Gousia Colony Bemina in Srinagar. In an effort to control the situation by the security forces, three persons including one lady sustained minor injuries,” a police spokesman said.
However, a JKLF spokesman rejected the police claim and said that the people were returning home after staging peaceful protests against the excesses when CRPF and police opened fire from pellet guns on them. Bakshi and five of his family members, the spokesman said were injured in the firing.
“We condemn the terrorist attack on our leadership and the people. The people have been pushed to the wall,” the spokesman added.
When the news of Bemina incident spread in the city, scores of people breached curfew in Maisuma, the stronghold of JKLF leader Mohammad Yasin Malik and staged demonstrations. Besides shouting slogans, angry protesters also pelted rocks and stones on the forces.
Protesters and forces were also locked in ding-dong battles in Bagh-e-Mehtab, Tengpora area of the city.
In Hazratbal, a man identified as Mohammad Amin Khan was beaten by forces for violating curfew. He was removed to SKIMS.
Meanwhile, curfew remained in force in the Valley. State administration relaxed curfew in selected areas of South Kashmir’s Islamabad and Pulwama districts and Kupwara districts. A few hours relaxation in curfew was also given in Ganderbal district of Central Kashmir.
A police spokesman said that curfew was relaxed in Trehgam and Kralpora area of the frontier Kupwara district from 03.30 PM to 6.00 PM while in the town it was eased from 3.15 PM to 6.30 PM.
In Kulgam curfew was eased from 1600 hours onwards. In Islamabad and Bijbehara curfew was lifted from 1630 hours to 1900 hours. In Ganderbal curfew was relaxed from 1700 hours to 1900 hours while Kangan witnessed relaxation from 1600 hours to 1900 hours.
In Srinagar, Baramulla, Shopian, Budgam and Bandipore curfew continued for the thirteenth straight day even as few hours of relaxation were provided in the last two days.
In Srinagar, thousands of paramilitary CRPF troops and policemen deployed in this capital city enforced strict curfew. Equipped with sophisticated weapons and riot gear, the forces manned the deserted streets, lanes and by lanes of city to scuttle any possible attempt by the people to breach the curfew and stage pro-freedom demonstrations. To restrict civilian movement, forces had placed iron barricades and spools of barbed wire on important roads and crossings.
At many places, the people were seen pleading before the forces to allow them to go their respective destinations. However, their pleas fell to the deaf ears.

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Srinagar: Protests erupted in Pulwama town and Soura area of Srinagar city as the state authorities on Thursday eased curfew in phased manner across the Valley.
Reports and eyewitnesses told that groups of people this afternoon took to streets in Pulwama town when curfew was relaxed for a few hours this afternoon. Chanting pro-freedom and anti-India slogans, the people mainly youth were protesting the killing of unarmed civilians by forces.
As the protesters tried to march on the streets, forces swung into action and lobbed numerous teargas canisters to disperse the protesters. In retaliation, protesters pelted rocks and stones on the forces triggering off fierce clashes. As the clashes turned intense, authorities reimposed curfew. Several people were injured in the clashes.
“Authorities relaxed curfew restrictions in Kakapora, Lethpora, Tral, and Awantipora, from 1 pm to 4 pm. However, curfew was reimposed in Pulwama after incidents of stone pelting,” a police spokesman said.
In the neighbouring Islamabad district where curfew was lifted from 1500 hours to 1900 hours, situation remained peaceful.
In Srinagar, where harsh curfew remained in force for the twelfth consecutive day today, curfew was lifted in East, West and Southern zone after 1500 hours onwards. Similarly, curfew was relaxed in North zone from 1700 hours onwards.
In Soura area of the city, minor protests broke out near Dula Bagh. However, no reports of any injury were received.
Earlier in the day, thousands of paramilitary CRPF troops and policemen deployed in this capital city enforced strict curfew. Equipped with sophisticated weapons and riot gear, the forces manned the deserted streets, lanes and by lanes of city to scuttle any possible attempt by the people to breach the curfew and stage pro-freedom demonstrations. To restrict civilian movement, forces had placed iron barricades and spools of barbed wire on important roads and crossings.
In Ganderbal, and Kangan curfew was relaxed for two hours staring 1300 hours.
A few hours relaxation in curfew was also given in two phases in Central Kashmir’s Budgam district from 1500 hours onwards. In Shopian curfew was lifted around 1600 hours onwards.
“Situation at this hour continues to remain normal and under control, throughout Valley,” a police spokesman said.
Strict curfew however continued in Baramulla district of North Kashmir. At many places in Sopore town, angry protesters took to streets and fought pitched battles with the forces.

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Srinagar: Chairman Hurriyat (M), Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has welcomed the statement of United Nation’s General Secretary, Ban-Ki-Moon in which he had urged for an immediate end to the violence in Kashmir and appealed for restraint by all parties.
In a statement issued here to KMW, Mirwaiz expressed hope that the general secretary would “use his influence to put an end to state sponsored terrorism, barbarity and oppression on Kashmiri people and for a peaceful and everlasting solution of the Kashmir issue.”
Meanwhile, a spokesman of the Hurriyat faction said, Pakistan, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Iran participated in the special session of OIC’s Kashmir Contact Group in New York while as Sardar Attique Khan from Azad Kashmir represented and appraised the session of the grave situation in Kashmir. Khan also impressed upon the OIC to press India for resolving the Kashmir dispute and condemned India’s state terrorism in Kashmir and Mirwaiz Farooq’s house arrest, the spokesman said.
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was also scheduled to address the session , but could not participate due to the and curbs and restrictions on his movement, the spokesman added.

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Srinagar: Chairman Hurriyat (G), Syed Ali Shah Geelani Thursday asked the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) to play its role in stopping India’s ‘oppression’ in Kashmir and urged the Islamic body to announce an economic embargo against New Delhi.
Geelani while appealing the OIC secretary general, Akmaluddin Ahsan Ugloo to take a strong notice of the ‘grave situation’ in Kashmir, urged him to take immediate steps to save Kashmiri’s from Indian state “terrorism.”
“Passing resolutions is not enough, the member countries of OIC must devise a strategy and take concrete steps regarding the Kashmir and Palestine disputes,” Geelani said in a statement issued here.
He said the Indian forces had locked up the entire population in Kashmir and severed supplies of essential commodities by imposing a non-stop harsh curfew. “At a time when 108 civilians have been killed in 103 days by the forces and thousands have been injured or arrested passing mere resolutions is akin to rubbing salt onto the wounds of Kashmiris. It could also encourage India’s state terrorism in Kashmir,” Geelani said. “The heads of Muslim states must raise voice in favour of oppressed Kashmiris and form public opinion in their favour by severing economic ties with India,” Geelani added.
Meanwhile, lashing out at the Indian media for quoting army and intelligence sources regarding the possibility of presence of Lashker-e-Toiba militants in the ongoing protests in Kashmir, Geelani said such “false and biased” reporting was part of the Indian army’s plan to intrude its own elements into protests for turning the peaceful protests into violent ones, and “hence justify the killings of Kashmiris.”
“India is worried over the public mood in Kashmir and is trying to repeat the events of 1947 when lakhs of Muslims were slaughtered in the state,” he said.
Referring to the Chatisinghpora massacre of Sikhs on the eve of former American president, Bill Clinton’s visit to India, Geelani said India is once again trying to “label” the peaceful struggle of Kashmirs as a communal and violent one ahead of the President Barack Obama’s visit to India.
“ There is no role of militancy in the ongoing peaceful struggle and even the militants realize and accept that when the masses come out on roads to demand freedom the silence of guns is in favour of freedom struggle,” he said.
Geelani also slammed the state government for imposing curfew today even as his led Hurriyat faction had asked people to observe the day as a “normal” day. He said by imposing the curfew on “normal” days, the government was showing its frustration as it had been defeated on the political front.

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Srinagar: One more militant was killed in the 18-hour fierce gunbattle in Sopore town of North Kashmir’s Baramulla district that ended on Thursday morning.
Correspondent from North Kashmir said that one more militant identified as Tauseef Ahmad alias Ali Haider of Seer, Sopore was killed in an encounter with a joint team of Army’s 22 RR, Special Operations Group (SOG) of police in Rather Mohalla of Dooru, Sopore that ended after this morning. The encounter that continued throughout the night also resulted in damage to at least ten residential houses.
One militant believed to be a foreigner was killed yesterday afternoon when the joint team of Army and police laid a siege around Rather Mohalla and started combing operation. The militants reportedly hiding in the house of Mohammad Ramzan, son of Asadullah Zargar opened heavy fire on the search team. In the ensuing gunbattle an unknown foreign militant was killed. However, another militant hiding in the house offered stiff resistance to the forces throughout the night. Early this morning he was killed by the joint team.
The two-storey residential house of Ramzan was completely damaged in the encounter. Nine residential houses also suffered damaged in the night encounter between forces and the lone militant. Some of the affected have been identified as Ghulam Rasool Pala, Ghulam Hassan Pala, Abdul Sattar Pala, Manzoor Ahmad, Ejaz Ahmad Dar and Habibullah Dar.
“Two militants, one among them a foreigner was killed in encounter that started yesterday afternoon in Dooru Sopore. Two AK-rifles and some arms and ammunitions were also recovered from the encounter side,” Superintendent of Police (SP) Sopore, Altaf Khan told.
‘The duo was associated with Hakrat-ul-Mujahideen (HuM) militant outfit,” he added.

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Srinagar: Eight fresh visitors from this part of the Kashmir were among 18 persons who crossed over to Line of Control through Karvan-e-Aman bus service, plying on weekly basis across the divided parts of Kashmir.
Official sources told KMW said that four first-time visitors from Pakistan administered Kashmir arrived here to meet their relatives first time after separation during the Indo-Pak partition in 1947.
The guests travelled from Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pak, to Chakoti, near the Line of Control (LoC) in Uri town of north Kashmir. As a part of procedure, the travellers alighted from the bus and crossed the Aman Setu (Peace Bridge) on foot.
The cross-LoC bus was flagged off by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in April 2005. There was no resident of this part of the Kashmir on part of the bus.
There were eight fresh visitors from this side part of the Kashmir onboard the bus while six Pak residents returned home after completing their 28-days of allotted stay here.

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Srinagar: A youth injured in Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and police firing last week succumbed to injuries at the SK Institute of medical sciences on Wednesday morning taking the toll in the ongoing unrest to 109.
Meanwhile, six people were injured in fresh protests as indefinite curfew continues across the Valley on the eleventh consecutive day, even as Hurriyat Conference (G) had called off the strike today.
On September 13, at-least 18 people, four among them were killed in Humhama when CRPF and police opened fire to break up widespread pro-freedom demonstrations. Among the injured in forces firing was 25-year-old Sajad Ahmad, son of Abdul Aziz Pandit of Sheikhpora, Humhama. He had sustained bullet injury in abdomen. He was rushed to SMHS hospital and operated upon by a team of doctors. However, as his condition deteriorated, he was referred to SKIMS where doctors put him on life support system. After battling with life for nine consecutive days, Sajad breathed his last early this morning.
“The youth was referred to the institute from SMHS hospital last week. His condition was not good. This morning, he succumbed to injuries,” SKIMS, Medical Superintendent, Dr Syed Amin Tabish, said.
Amidst chanting of pro-freedom and anti-India slogans, hundreds of people participated in the funeral prayers of the slain youth.
Meanwhile, clashes broke out between forces and the protesters in Batmaloo area of the uptown this afternoon when curfew was relaxed.
Reports said groups of youth appeared on the streets in Batmaloo locality and staged pro-freedom and ant-India when curfew was relaxed in city’s east, west and south areas from 1500 hours onwards.
Besides shouting slogans, the protesters mainly youth pelted rocks and forces on the forces triggering off fierce clashes. The forces allegedly went on rampage after the incident.
“CRPF men and police went berserk after some youth hurled a few stones on them. They barged into residential houses and ransacked the house hold items. Window panes of at least a dozen houses and a Masjid were also smashed by them,” Farooq Ahmad, a resident of Syed Mohalla said.
However, other areas of the city remained relatively peaceful. The relaxation in curfew saw thousands of people shopping essential commodities from various markets.
Many shops, private offices resumed their activities minutes after the announcement to life the curfew was made.
Lal Chowk, the commercial hub witnessed huge rush of people who thronged various markets to purchase commodities like, milk, vegetables, baby foods, rice and other essentials. Serpentine queues of people were also seen outside the medicine stores.
Earlier in the day, thousands of paramilitary CRPF troops and policemen armed with sophisticated weapons and riot gear guarded the deserted streets, lanes and by lanes of city to scuttle any possible attempt by the people to breach the curfew and stage pro-freedom demonstrations. Besides iron barricades and concertina wires, forces had also placed armored vehicles at many sensitive spots to keep a check on the movement of the people.
A few hours relaxation in curfew was also given in selected parts of other districts of the Valley.
The relaxation in curfew started from Central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district where administration eased the curfew for two hours beginning noon. However, the relaxation was extended by two more hours.
Curfew was lifted for three hours in twin districts Pulwama and Islamabad of South Kashmir from 1300 hours to1600 hours.
In several parts of Pampore including Khrewshar, scores of people, including women and children staged demonstrations to protest the arrest of youth in nocturnal raids. Shouting slogans, the people were demanding immediate released of all the detained youth.
In Shopian, protests broke out when curfew was lifted this afternoon. Reports said that groups of youth in main town engaged the forces in pitched battles once the curfew was relaxed. The ding-dong clashes continued for some time.
However, Baramulla, Kupwara and Bandipore reeled under curfew for the eleventh consecutive day though few hours break was given by the administration in several parts yesterday.
Press Bureau of India correspondent from North Kashmir said that curfew was strictly enforced in the districts to restrict the movement of civilians and to thwart pro-freedom and anti-India demonstrations.
At dozens of places along the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad highway, forces had erected barricades to restrict the movement of people and the vehicles.
At Kunzer, a man identified as Ali Mohammad Wani was thrashed by Army to the pulp. The man was removed to hospital for treatment.
Meanwhile, a police spokesman said that curfew was relaxed in phased manner across various districts of the Valley. The spokesman said that the situation was normal and no untoward incidents took place anywhere.

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Srinagar: Two unidentified militants on Wednesday were killed in two different encounters in twin towns of Sopore and Handwara of North Kashmir.
Sources told Press Bureau of India that acting on a tip-off regarding the presence of militants, Army’s 6 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) early this morning laid a siege around Hafrada forest area of Handwara in the frontier Kupwara district and started combing operations. As the search operation was in progress, suspected militants hiding in the dense forest area opened heavy fire on the Army men. The search team returned the fire sparking off fierce encounter. In the exchange of fire, one suspected militant was killed. However, other militants managed to flee from the spot.
The identity of slain militant is not known.
In another encounter between militants and the joint team of Army’s 22 RR, Special Operations Group (SOG) of police at Dooru, Sopore in the Baramulla district, one unknown militant was killed.
Press Bureau of India correspondent from North Kashmir said that a contingent of Army and SOG personnel cordoned off Rather Mohalla of Dooru, Sopore and started combing operations. When the joint team started advances, the militants hiding in the village opened heavy fire on the search party. In the ensuing exchange of fire one unidentified militant was killed.
Meanwhile, Army’s 1 Naga has started a search operation in Nowgam sector of the district following inputs about the presence of militants in the area.
Srinagar based Army spokesman, J S Brar said that two militants were killed in two different encounters in Baramulla and Kupwara districts of North Kashmir.
“The searches in both the areas are going on,” he added.

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