SMS service banned in occupied Kashmir

Pakistan Times Jammu & Kashmir Desk

SRINAGAR (IHK): In occupied Kashmir, the authorities have banned the Short Messaging Service (SMS) to prevent people from exchanging information about the March towards the United Nations Observers Office at Sonawar in Srinagar on Monday, reports KMS.

One of the service providers – Valley Media Service – (VMS) told newsmen that the ban was imposed without any prior information. Our incoming and outgoing SMS are barred, said owner of the VMS, Jasim Rasool.

According to another report, in Srinagar, Indian police raided and sealed the APHC headquarters at Rajbagh and arrested several Hurriyet leaders and activists to thwart the March towards the United Nations Observers Office on Monday.

The authorities have declared curfew in Srinagar and blocked all roads leading to the city.

The APHC Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq had announced a March towards the UN Office at Sonawar against the continued gross human rights violations and killing of innocent civilians by Indian troops and police in the occupied territory.

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Agha Hassan Al-Moosvi, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza and other Hurriyet leaders and activists were placed under house arrest. The APHC spokesman said that police was raiding different places in the city and had arrested at least 60 Hurriyet leaders and activists to thwart the March.

Veteran Kashmiri Hurriyet leader Syed Ali Gilani while supporting the UN office march call, said that he would support any programme, which favoured the people of Kashmir. Whosoever is against the occupation, we are with him. We will support any programme, which is in the interest of sacrifices of the Kashmiri people, Gilani told KMS over phone from New Delhi.

Welcoming statement of Syed Ali Gilani, the APHC Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said; We will be happy if pro-freedom people join the programme. It is not an agenda of a group or a party. We all should come together and see how we can counter the aggression.”

Asked what will be Hurriyet’s next programme in case authorities stopped the march, he said; Despite arrests and crackdown we will attempt to present a memorandum to the UN office. And in case we were not allowed, we will chalk out next programme.

Mirwaiz said that there was dire need to chalk out a new strategy to counter Indian state terrorism. Our kids are being killed. We have to chalk out new strategy. There is martial law like situation in Kashmir, he said, adding; The government of India and authorities in occupied Kashmir are pushing the people to wall. There will be more reaction if civilian killings do not stop.

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