Shutdown in IOK on 84th day
Srinagar—In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown was observed across the Valley on the 84th consecutive day, today, with Indian forces deployed in strength in Srinagar and other parts of the territory to prevent anti-India protests and rallies.
Main markets, public transport and other businesses were suspended, while educational institutions remained closed. The joint resistance leadership comprising the All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in a statement extended the call for shutdown till October 6.
They appealed to the people to hold a march from the entire occupied territory towards Lal Chowk in Srinagar, today.
Meanwhile, in a new form of state terrorism, Indian troops, today, damaged apple harvests at Kareemabad in Pulwama district.
Hurriyet leaders in their statements expressed concern over deteriorating health of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik. They said that he was tortured during illegal detention.
Curfew-hit Kashmiri students staged protest demonstrations in Pulwama, Kulgam Bandipora, Islamabad, Kupwara, Srinagar and Shopian districts to push for deferment of examinations. The protesting students were carrying placards with messages “Give Me Eyesight, I Will Take My Exam” and ‘No Exams Till The Kashmir Solution.”
The illegally-detained APHC General Secretary, Shabbir Ahmad Shah in a statement in Srinagar said that despite India’s propaganda the world leadership was keenly observing the situation in Kashmir. He thanked Pakistan for its successful diplomatic support to the Kashmir cause.
The Mirwaiz-led Hurriyet forum in a statement expressed strong concern over efforts being made by Indian government and media to create war hysteria between Pakistan and India.
The Jamaat-e-Islami of occupied Kashmir in a statement strongly condemned the ban enforced by the authorities on ambulance vehicles run by several medical voluntary organizations in the Valley and the arrest of employees affiliated to these NGOs. The Jamaat termed it as undemocratic and inhumane act. Meanwhile, speakers at a roundtable conference organized by the APHC-AJK Chapter in Islamabad, today, said that martyrdom of Burhan Muzaffar Wani had given an impetus to the liberation movement in occupied Kashmir. The event was chaired by Ghulam Mohammad Safi.—KMS