South Korea’s Hyundai Motor faced calls for a boycott of its cars from Indians incensed over a tweet from the account of its Pakistan partner that expressed solidarity for the people of the disputed territory of Kashmir. The row erupted on Sunday, when posts on behalf of Hyundai’s partner Nishat Group appeared on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram commemorating the sacrifices of Kashmiris struggling for self-determination.
Saudi Arabia’s new banknote to mark the upcoming G20 summit has sparked an outage in India as it shows Kashmir with new borders as a separate state. The currency note in question was issued on October 24 by Saudi Arabia to celebrate the kingdom’s leadership of the Group of Twenty (G20) and the back side of the note is a world map.
A freelance photojournalist from Indian occupied Kashmir, has been awarded the 2020 Peter Mackler Award for Courageous and Ethical Journalism. Masrat Zahra was named winner for her work covering events in occupied Kashmir with a specific focus on women in the region. Zahra will be honoured with the award in a virtual ceremony in New York on Sept 24, 2020.
King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden have demanded an end to the curfew and communication blackout of the Jammu and Kashmir from Modi’s government. Moreover, the Royal couple has advised involving the people of Kashmir for a peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue. The couple urged both the countries to to resolve all the issues with mutual consent as the world cannot afford a conflict between two nuclear powers.
An Indian couple accused of spying on Sikh and Kashmiri communities in Germany went on trial on charges that carry a sentence of up to 10 years in prison. The suspects agreed to provide information about Germany’s Sikh community and Kashmir movement and their relatives to an employee of Indian foreign intelligence service Research & Analysis Wing and were paid 7,200 euros ($8,100) in return.
Retired Indian Army Major General Sinha has called for rape of Kashmiri women, on live television. Recently, the ex-General SP Sinha was part of a live television program. During the program, despite requests from the anchor and everyone else to keep his ‘rape advocacy’ to himself, he began shouting ‘rape for rape’ at the top of his lungs.
American lawmakers took legislative measures against India, expressing solicitude over the humanitarian crisis in Indian-Occupied Kashmir (IOK), for the first time ever. The report submitted to the Senate notes with concern to the current situation in (IOK) and calls on Indian government to lift the lock down and curfew in occupied territories; restore telecommunication and internet services and release the detainees.
A leaked video of Mehwish Hayat’s has sparked #RevokeMehwishHayatCivilAward trend on Twitter. Talking to Express News, Hayat was asked to make a comment about Kashmir, to which she responded by saying, “Nothing about Kashmir! I’ve been asked not to speak about Kashmir here.” Soon after the video went viral on Twitter, the hashtag started trending and many called Mehwish out for her ‘selective activism.’
“Whether the world stands with Kashmiris or not, Pakistan is standing by them,” said Prime Minister Imran Khan upon his return to Pakistan from the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. The PM spoke to a large number of party workers and supporters who had gathered at the capital’s airport to welcome the premier.
A restaurant in India is offering a discount on a platter if the customer is from the disputed valley. The New Delhi restaurant is offering INR 370 discount on ‘Article 370 platter’ if a customer has a government ID from Jammu and Kashmir. The restaurant also claims to have veg and non-veg food options in the platter from the Himalayan region.