India barricades Azadi Road Shows, marches in Srinagar

Srinagar—In occupied Kashmir, the puppet authorities intensified the curfew and other restrictions across the Kashmir Valley, Saturday, to prevent people from conducting Azadi Road Shows and marches towards district headquarters.
Call for the Aazadi road shows and the marches was jointly given by the All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani, and Hurriyet leaders, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik as part of the protest programme against the civilian killings in the Kashmir Valley. They had asked the people to come on the roads on motorcycles, bicycles and on foot to register their protest.
The puppet authorities deployed Indian troops and police personnel in strength in Srinagar and other major towns while all roads were sealed. The authorities also continued to put Hurriyet leaders under house arrest or detention to prevent them, from leading the road shows.
The APHC Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani, in a statement in Srinagar strongly condemned the continued Indian brutalities on the innocent people of the territory. He termed the inquiry announced by Indian Army into the cold blooded murder of a lecturer at Khrew in Pulwama an eyewash and an attempt to pacify the public anger. APHC leader, Advocate Divender Singh, addressing a big public gathering at Aripanthan in Badgam paid rich tributes to the four people who were recently martyred by Indian troops in the area.
The High Court Bar Association members including Mian Abdul Qayoom and Zaffar Ahmed Shah told a visiting non-official team from New Delhi that what they see on the streets of occupied Kashmir is the manifestation of Kashmiris’ desire for resolution of the Kashmir dispute and India has to honour the commitments it made to the Kashmiri people. Indian police and paramilitary personnel fired upon and critically injured an activist of the Jamaat-e-Islami of the occupied territory and his wife during a house raid in Tral area of Pulwama. The police raided the headquarters of the Hurriyet forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq at Rajbagh in Srinagar for the second time in the last four days, harassed the staff, ransacked the equipment and disconnected the communication lines. Indian forces’ personnel severely beat up three employees of Radio Kashmir while they were on way to home from office in Srinagar.
Scores of patients and drivers staged a sit-in outside the Old Secretariat in Srinagar after the police stopped ambulances ferrying patients to the hospitals. The protesters said that the policemen manning the road outside the Secretariat stopped ambulances and started harassing the patients.
In Islamabad, the Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Ayad Ameen Madani, and Pakistan Prime Minister’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz, addressing a joint press conference expressed solidarity with the oppressed people of occupied Kashmir.—KMS

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