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UN chief monitoring India-occupied Kashmir situation “very closely”: spokesman

UNITED NATIONS: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is continuing to follow “very closely” the deteriorating situation in Indian occupied Kashmir, his spokesman said Thursday, adding that the world body’s good offices are available provided all parties agree to this course towards peaceful settlement of disputes. “As a matter of principle, in any issue where there are differences to be bridged between member states, the good offices of the United Nations are available, but they only work if both parties…

Kashmir police register FIR against Indian army over civilians killing

SRINAGAR: Police in India-held Kashmir (IHK) registered an FIR against the Indian army, charging it with murder, attempt to murder and endangering life, over the killing of two civilians in the IHK's Shopian district on Saturday, Indian media reported. Two Kashmiri youths, who have been identified as Javid Bhat and Suhail Lone, were killed when army opened fire on protesters in the IHK's southern district of Shopian. During the incident, another youth also sustained injuries whose condition is said to be critical and…

Indian troops forbid Kashmiris from taking out Muharram procession

SRI NAGAR: India has imposed a ban on mourning processions and congregations in its held Kashmir, depriving the Muslims residing in the valley of observing youm-e-ashur (to commemorate supreme sacrifices rendered by Hazrat Imam Hussain Razi Allah ho Ta’ala Anho and his companions in Karbala). According to the Kashmir media service, the local administration has imposed restrictions to carry out Muharram processions at any place. The authorities have been forbidding the people from gathering under Section 144 CrPc,…