In occupied Kashmir, people including students staged massive anti-India demonstrations, Friday, while Indian police and troops used brute force against the protesters, injuring many of them.
Call for the demonstrations was given by the joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik to register protest against invoking of draconian law Public Safety Act against Dukhtaran-e-Millat Chairperson, Aasiya Andrabi, and her associate, Fehmeeda Sofi. They have been shifted to Amphala jail in Jammu. The protests were also aimed at demanding the release of all illegally detained Hurriyet leaders and activists.
People including students took to the streets in Srinagar, Badgam, Ganderbal, Sopore, Baramulla, Islamabad, Pulwama, Hajin, Shopian, Kulgam, Kupwara, Bandipore and other areas. The protests were led by Hurriyet leaders including Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi, Noor Muhammad Kalwal and Raja Merajuddin Kalwal. They raised vociferous pro-freedom, pro-Pakistan and anti-India slogans. They also waved Pakistani flags at various places. Indian police fired teargas shells in different areas, triggering intense clashes between the protesters and police personnel. Many people including students sustained injuries in police actions.
The puppet authorities confined Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Zafar Akbar Butt to their residences while Syed Ali Gilani and Shabbir Ahmed Shah were already under house arrest. They were not even allowed to offer Juma prayers.
On the other hand, thousands of people in Gadoora area of Pulwama district participated in the funeral prayers of a Hurriyet activist, Mohammad Yousuf Lone, whose body with bullet injuries was recovered from Newa area of the district. The locals said that Yousuf Lone was killed by Indian troops during a siege and search operation.
Syed Ali Gilani, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, Yasmeen Raja, Farida Bahenji and other resistance leaders in their statements paid glowing tributes to prominent martyred Hurriyet leaders, Mirwaiz Molvi Muhammad Farooq and Khawaja Abdul Ghani Lone and the martyrs of Hawal.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Muhammad Yasin Malik, addressing a news conference at Aabi Guzar in Srinagar said that he had filed a complaint with police against a New Delhi-based female TV journalist for barging into his home without permission for interview. He said that Indian media was taking diktats from Indian Army to defame Kashmir freedom movement.—KMS