Shutdown, detention of leaders continues


Curfew, restrictions in IHK to thwart march

Srinagar—In occupied Kashmir, the puppet authorities imposed curfew and other restrictions all major towns to prevent a march in Srinagar, Friday towards the office of India-appointed Governor of the territory.
Call for the march has been given by the joint resistance leadership comprising the All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani, and Hurriyet leaders, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, to hand over a letter to him to vacate Jammu and Kashmir. The leaders have also asked the people to offer Juma prayers along Dalgate-Boulevord-Shalimar roadway.
The authorities have deployed Indian troops and police personnel in strength all across the Kashmir Valley to thwart people from conducting the march. All roads leading to Lal Chowk and Residency Road in Srinagar have been blocked with razor wires while Indian forces’ vans have been placed at major checkpoints in the city.
“There are curfew like restrictions and Indian forces are not allowing us to move further,” a Journalist who was on way to Srinagar from Ganderbal said.
Meanwhile, the occupation authorities continue to put Hurriyet leaders including Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, Masarrat Aalam Butt, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Aasiya Andrabi, Hakeem Abdur Rasheed, Syed Bashir Andrabi, Bilal Siddiqui, Altaf Ahmed Shah, Zafar Akbar Butt, Mukhtar Ahmed Waza, Bashir Ahmed Butt, Muhammad Shafi Reshi, Muhammad Rafique Ganai, Muhammad Ayaz Akbar, Noor Muhammad Kalwal, Dr Ghulam Muhammad Hubbi, Qazi Yasir, Raja Merajuddin Kalwal and Ghulam Nabi Zaki under house arrest or in police custody to prevent them from leading the march.
Complete shutdown continues on 98th successive day, today, to protest against the civilian killings and other brutalities by Indian forces in the Kashmir Valley.
On the other hand, Indian police and troops have arrested over 50 more youth during crackdown operations across the Valley. The police have booked Tehreek-e-Hurriyet activist, Manzoor Ahmad Baghat, under black law, Public Safety Act, in Pulwama district and shifted him to Kathua Jail in Jammu.
Later, the APHC released the letter, which was to be presented to the Governor. It said, as the primary agent of Indian rule in occupied Kashmir you must be very well in know that during the last seventy years the actions of your country have left tens of thousands of people dead in Jammu and Kashmir. “Your army enforcedly disappeared thousands of people mostly youth, staged fake encounters, arbitrarily arrested and tortured the youth, destroyed property and resorted to arson and plunder as a collective punishment and as a war weapon against a population resisting Indian rule in Jammu and Kashmir. Your state used all means of repression in the book including, systematic sexualized violence, to subdue our movement for freedom and justice.
And you have found that a nation that has resolved to achieve freedom cannot be defeated,” it said.—KMS