The United State, while welcoming the release of former Chief Ministers of Occupied Kashmir, Omar Abdullah and Dr Farooq Abdullah, has urged the Indian government to release all Kashmiri political leaders.
The statement of Acting Assistant US Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, Alice Wells, came a day after National Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah was released following charges under draconian law, Public Safety Act.
The Acting Assistant US Secretary of State also urged the Indian government to fully restore internet services in occupied Kashmir.
65-year-old becomes first victim of coronavirus in held Kashmir
In occupied Kashmir, a 65-year-old man infected with the coronavirus disease died at Dalgate in Srinagar in the early hours on Thursday.
The patient was the resident of Hyderpora Srinagar who had returned from New Delhi.
Eight persons have been tested positive for the Coronavirus disease in the Kashmir Valley while the tally of such patients in the entire held territory has gone up to 11.
Coronavirus: Pakistan urges India to end communication blackout
Pakistan has once again urged the Indian government to end the communication blackout in occupied Jammu and Kashmir in view of the threat posed by coronavirus.
In her opening statement at the weekly news briefing in Islamabad on Thursday, Foreign Office Spokesperson Aisha Farooqui expressed deep concerns over the continued communication blackout in the occupied territory. She said this is depriving the people of the region of critical information and supplies of critical medical items needed to effectively contain COVID-19 pandemic. She demanded that the medical teams and supplies be allowed to reach the people of occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
The spokesperson said that Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi during his interaction with the SAARC counterparts in recent days reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to the SAARC process. She said Pakistan has proposed a video conference of SAARC health ministers at an early date to coordinate efforts to stem the coronavirus in the region.
Tehreek-e-Hurriyat about Kashmiri detainees
Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Jammu and Kashmir led by Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, has expressed serious concern about the well-being of the illegally detained Kashmiris lodged in different Indian jails amid growing coronavirus pandemic.
Tehreek-e-Hurriyat in a statement in Srinagar, on Wednesday, said that thousands of families in occupied Kashmir were suffering due to the continued illegal detention of their loved ones. It said that hundreds of Kashmiris were arrested during 2015 and 2016 and lodged in different jails of the occupied territory.
However, it said that since August last year, thousands of more people including Hurriyat leaders, political activists, lawyers, traders and students were picked up from their homes on false charges and shifted to the Indian jails, hundreds and thousand miles away. Tehreek-e-Hurriyat demanded that these Kashmiri detainees should be brought back to occupied Kashmir on humanitarian grounds to save them from the potential threat of coronavirus.
The JKLF also appealed to the international human rights organizations to play their role in the early release of illegally detained Kashmiris including its Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik.