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On 15th March 2019, the central leadership and other members of the Jammu Kashmir National Students Federation (JKNSF) were arrested by Pakistani law enforcement agencies from the Rawalpindi Press Club. According to the JKNSF, in total 30 members were taken away. Some of them have been released but one of their main leaders – Sardar Talhah remains in captivity.

The JKNSF members had gathered at the press club to hold an event called Tehreek-e-Wahadat Convention.

Any coverage of their events, arrests and any other developments has not been done by the Pakistani media, despite the intensity of the crackdown. Human rights activist say that since the Kashmiri group demands independence of their territory from both Pakistan and India, the Pakistani media censors any news regarding the group.

Recently, the Al Jazeera has been one of the only news organization to cover the crackdown against such Kashmir political activism from the Pakistan-Administered region of the divided territory.

See the AJ report here.

The Pakistani media must report this development given the human rights abuse and show solidarity with such peaceful movements about Kashmir.


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