Kashmiris committed to accomplish martyrs’ mission: APHC leaders

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In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, All Parties Hurriyat Conference leaders have said that the Kashmiris are committed to accomplish the mission of their martyrs at all costs and no amount of Indian state terrorism can force them to give up this sacred cause.

APHC leaders and organizations including Ghulam Muhammad Khan Sopori, Zamruda Habib, Yasmeen Raja, Farida Bahenji, Engineer Hilal Ahmad War, Javaid Ahmad Mir, Firdous Ahmad Shah, Muhammad Aaqib, Dr Musaib, Maulana Sajid Nadvi, Jammu and Kashmir Muslim League and Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Jammu and Kashmir in their statements issued in Srinagar and Jammu paid rich tributes to the martyrs of Gaw Kadal massacre on the eve of their martyrdom anniversary. They said the Kashmiri people have rendered unprecedented sacrifices for securing their right to self-determination in the last over seven decades that will not be allowed to go waste.

Over 50 innocent people were martyred and hundreds others were injured when Indian troops had opened fire on peaceful protesters in Gaw Kadal area of Srinagar on January 21 in 1990. The demonstrators were protesting against the molestation of several women by Indian troops in the area. The APHC has called for complete shutdown in Srinagar’s Civil Lines and adjoining areas, tomorrow.

Hundreds of people staged protest demonstrations in Islamabad, Ramban and other districts of the occupied territory against the BJP regime’s decision to evict locals particularly Muslims from their lands in the name of a so-called anti-encroachment drive. The protesters demanded revocation of the eviction order. Pertinently, the Hindutva BJP-RSS fascist Indian government and its administration in IIOJK have intensified the ongoing eviction campaign in all districts of the territory to grab the land of Kashmiris, which has been in their possession for generations. Lacs of kanals of land of locals in all districts of Kashmir valley and Muslim majority areas of the Jammu region have been snatched by the BJP regime from the Kashmiris, so far.

An Indian soldier committed suicide by shooting himself with his service rifle inside a camp at Bagatora in Handwara area of Kupwara district. This incident raised the number of such deaths amongst Indian troops and police personnel in the occupied territory to 561 since January 2007 till date.

On the other hand, Indian National Congress’ head of media department Pawan Khera addressing a press conference in New Delhi termed the Modi-led Indian government’s new draft amendments in the information technology rules, as surreptitious assault on free speech. Under the new rules the social media companies have been asked to take down news articles that are deemed “fake” by the government. DIGIPUB News India Foundation, an association of 11 digital media organisations, in a statement said, the proposed amendments can potentially become a convenient institutional mechanism to muzzle the press.—KMS