Hurriyet leaders call for strike on Modi’s Sunday visit


Anti-India demonstrations spread far and wide


In occupied Kashmir, people staged massive anti-India demonstrations, today, while Indian police used brute force against the protesters, causing injuries to several persons.
Call for the demonstrations was given by the joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, against the recent killing of three innocent civilians by Indian forces’ personnel in Chadoora area of Badgam district.
The puppet authorities deployed Indian troops and police personnel in strength across the occupied territory, today, to prevent the demonstrations. However, people took to the streets in Srinagar, Badgam, Ganderbal, Sopore, Palhallan, Baramulla, Bijbehara, Tral, Islamabad, Pulwama, Shopian, Kulgam, Kupwara, Bandipore and other areas. The protests were led by Hurriyet leaders including Noor Muhammad Kalwal and Qazi Ahmed Yasir. The demonstrators raised high-pitched pro-freedom, pro-Pakistan and anti-India slogans. They also waved Pakistani flags at various places. Intense clashes between the protesters and Indian police erupted in Srinagar, Sopore, Palhallan, Pulwama, Tral and Bijbehara after police personnel fired teargas shells to disperse the protesters. Several demonstrators were injured in the police actions. The police also arrested many people including Hurriyet leader, Assadullah Parray, during the protests.
The puppet authorities continued to put Hurriyet leaders including Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Aasiya Andrabi, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Mukhtar Ahmed Waza, Zafar Akbar Butt and Ayaz Akbar under house arrest or in custody to stop them from leading the demonstrations.
Meanwhile, the joint resistance leadership in a statement in Srinagar has called for complete shutdown on Sunday against the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s proposed visit to occupied Kashmir. Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit the occupied territory to inaugurate Chenani-Nashri tunnel in Jammu region. The resistance leaders said that the Kashmir issue was neither about governance, economic packages or incentives, nor was it a law and order problem, but an issue pertaining to the right to self-determination of millions of Kashmiris.
On the other hand, Indian police have arrested more than 300 people from Srinagar, Pulwama, Shopian, Islamabad and Kulgam areas during the past few days ahead of the so-called Indian Parliamentary by-elections to be held in Srinagar and Islamabad constituencies on 9th and 12th April 2017. Senior APHC leader, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi, addressing a public gathering in Badgam strongly denounced the arrest spree across the territory.—KMS

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