3 more Kashmiri youth martyred, toll reaches 9 since Thursday

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In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism martyred three Kashmiri youth in Islamabad district, today, raising the number of slain youth in the terri-tory to eight since Thursday.

The troops martyred these youth during a cor-don and search operation at Kawarigam in Achabal area of the district.

Indian forces’ personnel beat up and injured a journalist, Shah Junaid, when he was performing his professional duties during the CASO. The operation continued till last reports came in.

Earlier, Indian troops in similar operations martyred two youth each in Pulwama and Kulgam districts and one in Rajouri district on Thursday. One more youth was martyred by the troops in Ra-jouri, yesterday.

The All Parties Hurriyat Conference Working Vice Chairman, Ghulam Ahmad Gulzar, in a state-ment issued in Srinagar expressed concern over the unabated custodial killings and vandalizing of residential houses of the martyrs and their neighbors by Indian troops in IIOJK.

He said, the Indian forces out of sheer frustration have stepped up the state terrorism to suppress the freedom sentiments of the people of IIOJK.

The Hurriyat forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a statement in Srinagar said that July 13, 1931 was a turning point in the contemporary his-tory of Kashmir when 22 Kashmiris were killed in cold blood by the forces of Dogra ruler.

It said that those victims became first martyrs of Kashmir and led to the launch of a political agitation by the peo-ple of Jammu and Kashmir for their political and economic unshackling.

It added that since that day, people of Kashmir are struggling for the realisation of that aspiration.

A family from Hokersar-Shikargah area of Sri-nagar outskirts staged a demonstration at Press En-clave in Srinagar against the looting of gold worth lacs of rupees, cash and Pashmina shawls by Indian men in uniform during a raid on their house on the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday.

The Indian authorities have terminated 11 government employees from their services in IIOJK for affiliation with the ongoing freedom movement.

Indian police arrested 21 Muslim bovine traders on the charges of cattle smuggling after conducting raids and laying special nakas in different areas of Reasi district in Jammu.

The police also took into possession 124 bovines and several vehicles, which were being used for transporting the animals.

A survey conducted by the Washington-based Pew Research Centre revealed that nearly two third of Hindus in India believe that being Hindu is essen-tial to be considered truly Indian.

The survey titled ‘Religion in India: Tolerance and Segregation’ maintained that most Indian Hindus say being Hindu and being able to speak Hindi are very im-portant to be truly Indian.

Political analysts and experts while commenting on the survey said Modi is shaping India’s policy according to Hindutva dictates and victimization of Muslims and other minorities had increased manifold in Modi’s India.

National Conference vice-president Omar Ab-dullah in a media interview said what Delhi did to IIOJK on August 5, 2019, has not been accepted by anybody in Kashmir. He maintained that there is resentment and public anger to revocation of Art 370.

Peoples Democratic Party President, Me-hbooba Mufti, talking to various delegations in Jammu, said attempts are now being made to create a wedge between the regions of Kashmir and Jammu for vested interests.

A court in New Delhi has ordered framing of charges against four Kashmiris under various charges dealing with criminal conspiracy, waging war against India, and under provisions of draconian law, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.—KMS

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