March towards UN foiled
Srinagar—In occupied Kashmir, hundreds of people were injured when Indian troops used brute force to prevent people from staging demonstrations and conducting a march towards the UN office in Srinagar, Friday.
Call for the march was given by the joint Hurriyet leadership to hand over a memorandum to the UN office regarding Indian aggression on the Line of Control to divert world attention from the brutalities of its forces in the occupied territory. The march was also aimed at asking the UN to put pressure on India to settle the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the Kashmiris’ aspirations and the relevant resolutions of the World Body. The leaders had also asked the people to offer Juma prayers at Polo View Ground, TRC Ground and adjacent parks.
However, the authorities imposed curfew and other restrictions in Srinagar and other major towns by deploying Indian troops and police personnel in strength to thwart the march. Juma prayers could not be held at Srinagar’s historic Jamia Masjid and other major mosques, dargahs and Imambargahs of the territory due to the restrictions.
Defying curfew and restrictions, thousands of people took to the streets in Srinagar, Badgam, Ganderbal, Bandipora, Kupwara, Islamabad, Baramulla, Sopore, Palhallan, Pampore, Pulwama, Shopian, Kulgam and other areas and tried to conduct the march. They shouted “Pakistan Zindabad”, “Hum Kia Chahtey – Aazadi” and “Go India go back” slogans. They also waved Pakistani flags. Indian troops and police personnel fired pellets, bullets and teargas shells to break up the demonstrations at various places injuring hundreds of protesters.
Meanwhile, complete shutdown was observed on 91st successive day, today, to protest against the civilian killings and other brutalities by Indian forces in the Kashmir Valley.
The united resistance leadership in the memorandum, which was to be submitted to the UN office, released to media in Srinagar urged the UN Secretary General to impress upon New Delhi to resolve the Kashmir dispute by giving the Kashmiris their right to self-determination for ensuring durable peace in the region.
The authorities booked the illegally detained Chairperson of Dukhtaran-e-Millat, Aasiya Andrabi, and her associate, Fehmeeda Sofi, under black law, Public Safety Act.
The leaders of APHC-AJK chapter and the Chief Minister of Gilgit Baltistan, Hafiz Hafeez-ur-Rehman, in a meeting in Islamabad, today, appreciated the Kashmir policy pursued by the Prime Minister of Pakistan and said that his government had taken up with the world community the Kashmir dispute in its real perspective.
In Oslo, Norwegian Parliamentarian and the Chairman of Christian Democratic Party, Knut Arild Hareide, addressing Parliament highlighted Indian military oppression in occupied Kashmir and called for peaceful settlement of the Kashmir dispute.—KMS