Shutdown, demos in Shopian, Sopore against arrestsSrinagar—In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown, marked by demonstrations, continued for the second consecutive day, today, in Shopian and Sopore towns against the arrest of innocent youth by Indian troops and police.
People took to the streets and held protests in Shopian and Sopore against the arrest of dozens of youth during the past one week. The police resorted to brute force against the protesters, injuring many of them. People also staged demonstrations and clashed with Indian forces’ personnel on the visit of a puppet minister to Sadunara area of Bandipora district.
Election process in Kashmir a futile exerciseSrinagar—Terming the election process a “futile exercise”, members of the Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS) has said that “India is holding elections just to hoodwink the international community about the circumstances in Kashmir.” At a seminar organized in the remembrance of Asiya Jeelani, one of civil society members who became a victim of the bomb blast at Kupwara in 2004, the speakers highlighted the sufferings of Kashmir’s and saying that elections hold no relevance at a place where people are oppresses.
‘India increasing troops in IHK in garb of sham polls’Srinagar—In occupied Kashmir, the Chairperson of Kashmir Tehreek-e-Khawateen (KTK), Zamruda Habib, has said that India is increasing its troops in garb of so-called elections in the territory. Zamruda Habib addressing various gatherings of women in Kulgam, Quimoh, Aabgam, Bogam and Nanibok areas in connection with the elections boycott campaign said that the number of troops was being increased so that people could be forced to cast vote and the world could be deceived that the people voted in favour of India.
New Indian govt should renew peace process with Pakistan: MuftiAnantnag—People’s Democratic Party (PDP) patron Mufti Mohammed Sayeed has said that Jammu and Kashmir was at the crossroads of historic opportunity for change where great hope and promise would lie ahead for its people. He expressed the hope that the new government at the Centre would carry forward the peace process with Pakistan in the interest of the people of the region.
Gujjar, Bakerwal leaders pledge to fight for tribal rightsJammu—While celebrating 23rd year of ‘Schedule Tribe Status’ granted to Gujjar-Bakerwal tribes of Jammu and Kashmir by Government of India, the community leaders pleaded that their tribes should be given more rights and extra constitutional safeguards in the state. Tribal Research and Cultural Foundation – a premier organisation of tribes, organized the programme.
Reforming society has become inevitable: MirwaizSrinagar—Terming the contribution of people from all walks of life towards reforming the society as inevitable, Hurriyat Conference (M) Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has stressed upon the Islamic scholars, civil society, religious institutions and parents to play their responsible role in this regard.
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