Men in army uniform cut braid of girl in Uri
In occupied Kashmir, three youth and two commandos of Indian Air Force were killed in firing during a cordon and search operation of Indian forces in Bandipora and Kupwara districts, today.
The troops martyred two youth, including Nasrullah Mir, in Hajin and another youth in Keran. Two commandos of Indian Air Force were killed and another was injured in an attack in Hajin. The deceased commandos were identified as Corporal Neelesh Nayan and Sergeant Milind Khabar. They were operating with the Indian army for operational experience and training.
Thousands of people participated in the funeral prayers of the martyred, Nasrullah Mir. The mourners raised high-pitched anti-India and pro-freedom slogans on the occasion. The troops used force and fired teargas shells on mourners. All Educational institutions remained closed in Bandipora. The Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani said that Jammu and Kashmir was the most militarized zone in the world where youth were not safe and being pushed to the wall.
Meanwhile, Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in their statements criticized the Indian authorities for shielding the culprits involved in braid-chopping incidents across the Valley. They said that some agencies, backed by the rulers, were behind the braid-chopping incidents.
People took to the streets in Batamaloo area of Srinagar against a fresh incident of braid-chopping in the locality. Police used force on the protestors. Traders downed their shutters in protest. Students and members of Kashmir High Court Bar Association also staged protests in the city. They carried banners reading slogans against braid chopping.
The relatives of an 18-year old victim of braid chopping in Uri area of Baramulla district, told media that the braid choppers were wearing Indian army uniform. They added that they fled in an army vehicle after cutting the hair of the girl, Shaista Karim, in Bandi area of Uri, today.
The Awami Action Committee, headed by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, observed October 10 as the Prisoners’ Day, yesterday. A seminar in connection with the day was held at the AAC headquarters in Srinagar. Mirwaiz Umar Farooq could not attend the seminar for being under house detention.
In Brussels, speakers at a conference, held in connection with the Kashmir EU-Week at the European Parliament, urged the international community to help resolve the Kashmir dispute. The conference titled “What Can the European Parliament Do about the Situation in Kashmir?” was organized by the Kashmir Council European Union and moderated by former EU Ambassador, Mr Anthony Crasner. AJK Prime Minister, Raja Farooq Haider Khan and Ali Raza Syed were among the speakers.—KMS