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Kashmir: Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Geelani counseled Pakistan to be firm and consistent on their Kashmir policy. Two hardliner Hurriyat conference leaders, Peer Saifullah and Altaf Ahmad Shah, met Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit in Delhi on Monday and delivered the message from Geelani.

They also emphasised that Pakistan should highlight, in international forums, the human rights violations in Jammu & Kashmir, reported Firstpost.

“The Hurriyat delegation handed them a message from Geelani that Pakistan should continue to maintain consistency and firmness over its Kashmir policy and play an active role in highlighting the human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir at international forums,” said Ayaz Akbar in a statement.

Apart from that they also discussed on the recent visit of Sushma Swaraj to Pakistan to attend the Heart of Asia conference.

“A Hurriyat delegation sent by chairman Syed Ali Geelani held a detailed meeting for one-and-a-half hours with Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit in New Delhi…They held a detailed discussion over the recent meeting of Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and Pakistan leaders on the occasion of the Heart of Asia Conference in Islamabad last week and also discussed the Kashmir policy there,” Hurriyat spokesman Ayaz Akbar said in a statement in Srinagar.

This meeting came after Swaraj, India’s external affairs ministry, met with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and decided to enter into a comprehensive dialogue covering Kashmir issue among others. (IANS)

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Kashmir Violence: Curfew in the state continues for the Ninth Day

The death toll in the ongoing violence reached 41 after an unruly mob torched a police picket in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on July 16

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Curfew continues for ninth day in Kashmir. Image Source: www.netiap.com
  • The death toll in the ongoing violence reached 41 after an unruly mob torched a police picket in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Saturday
  • State government officials said newspaper owners were asked to suspend publications till July 19
  • The shutdown in the Valley started on July 9 following the death of Hizbul Mujahideen commander, Burhan Wani in a gunfight with the security forces on July 8

Strict curfew continued for the 9th day in the Kashmir Valley on Sunday, police said. “Curfew shall continue in all the ten districts of the Valley,” a senior police official said.

“Security forces have been instructed to allow movement of patients along with their attendants.”

Curfew continues in Kashmir for ninth day. Image Source: AFP
Curfew continues in Kashmir for ninth day. Image Source: AFP

“People going to the airport will not face any hardship as air tickets were being treated as curfew passes,” the official added.

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The death toll in the ongoing violence reached 41 after an unruly mob torched a police picket in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Saturday. Police opened fire at the mob resulting in the death of a youth.

All vernacular and English dailies suspended publication for the second day on Sunday.

Press publication banned in Kashmir till 19th July. Image Source: muslimmirror.com
Press publication banned in Kashmir till 19th July. Image Source: muslimmirror.com

State government officials said newspaper owners were asked to suspend publications till July 19.

Cable television operations were allowed on Saturday evening after remaining suspended for a day.

The resumption of cable television operations was allowed after the operators agreed to take off all Pakistani TV channels and two private Indian channels.

Mobile phone internet and call operations remained suspended in south Kashmir areas for the eighth day while the same remained suspended for the second day in central and north Kashmir areas on Sunday.

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Mobile phone operations without any internet facility are, however, continuing on post-paid mobile phones provided by the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL).

Train services between north Kashmir Baramulla and Bannihal town in the Jammu region also remained suspended.

All recruitment interviews scheduled for the next four days have been cancelled by the state public service commission (PSC).

All schools, colleges and universities in the Valley were also shut down.

Senior separatist leaders including Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Shabir Ahmad Shah and others have been either placed under house arrest or taken into preventive custody to restrain them from participating in protests.

Syed Ali Shah Geelani. Image Source: www.youtube.com
Syed Ali Shah Geelani. Image Source: www.youtube.com

Separatists have appealed the people to continue the shutdown till Monday.

The shutdown in the Valley started on July 9 following the death of Hizbul Mujahideen commander, Burhan Wani in a gunfight with the security forces on July 8. (IANS)

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