Demos despite curfew, death toll 50
Srinagar—Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and across the world observed Global Kashmir Day, today, to protest against the killing of innocent people by Indian forces in occupied Kashmir.
Call for the observance of the day had been jointly given by the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Syed Ali Gilani, and Hurriyet leaders, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik as part of the protest programmes against the killing of fifty people since the extrajudicial murder of top commander of Hizbul Mujahideen, Burhan Wani, on 8th July.
Defying curfew and other restrictions, people took to the streets in Srinagar, Badgam, Ganderbal, Pattan, Sopore, Baramulla, Islamabad, Kulgam, Tral, Pulwama, Shopian, Kupwara, Bandipora and other areas and shouted pro-freedom, pro-Pakistan and anti-India slogans. They also waved Pakistan’s National flag at different places. Indian police and troops fired pellets and teargas shells to disperse the protesters in different areas, injuring many of them.
The puppet authorities continued to impose strict curfew in the Kashmir Valley on the 14th consecutive day, today, and put all Hurriyet leaders under house arrest or in police custody to prevent the demonstrations. Juma prayers could not be held at Jamia Masjid and Khanqah-e-Mualla in Srinagar and many other major mosques in the territory due to the curfew.
Meanwhile, the death toll in the ongoing Kashmir Intifada rose to 50 with the succumbing of another civilian, Ishfaq Ahmed of Kokernag area of Islamabad, at a hospital in Srinagar. Thousands of people raising slogans in favour of freedom and against India attended the funeral prayers of the martyred civilian.
Syed Ali Gilani addressing a gathering of the residents of Hyderpora and adjoining areas, especially youth and women, saluted the courage and dedication of the people of the territory during these tough days of oppression at the hands of Indian occupational forces. These people wanted to meet the APHC Chairman but were stopped by Indian police at the airport road and he addressed them through the window of his office-cum-residence. Hurriyet leaders including Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Shabbir Ahmed Shah and Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi, in their statements and interviews appealed to the world community to break its silence and take steps to save the Kashmiris from the Indian brutalities.
A big rally was held in Muzaffarabad against the stepped up Indian state terrorism in occupied Kashmir.
Kashmir Council European Union organized a sit-in in Brussels, to highlight Indian atrocities against the oppressed people of occupied Kashmir. Participants of the sit-in urged the European Union to send a delegation to Srinagar to take stock of the prevailing situation of the territory.—KMS