89th Day Kashmir curbs:
Int’l media urges ban removal from Kashmir Reader; UN rights boss reiterates access to Kashmir
Srinagar—All the educational institutions, petrol pumps, business and other establishments remained closed, while traffic was off the road. People including women and schoolboys defying restrictions held anti-India protest demonstrations in many areas. Many people were injured after Indian police used brute force and fired pallets on anti-India protest rallies in Shopian, Kupwara, Bandipora, Badgam and Islamabad districts.
Indian armed forces’ personnel attacked many areas of Bandipora and Bijbehara, vandalized houses and damaged property worth millions of rupees. The forces also set paddy crops on fire.
The All Parties Hurriyet Conference and Hurriyet leaders Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, Syed Bashir Andrabi, Mir Shahid Saleem and Syed Saleem Gilani in their statements praised the unanimous support extended by Pakistani political leadership from across the aisle to the Kashmiris’ struggle for freedom.
The family members of APHC Chief Organizer Altaf Ahmed Shah told mediamen in Srinagar that the health of ailing detained leader was deteriorating with each passing day.
Hurriyet leaders and organizations including the forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Jamaat-e-Islami, Democratic Freedom Party, Salvation Movement and Nahida Nasreen in their statements condemned the arrest of Dukhtaran-e-Millat Chairperson Aasiya Andrabi and Fahmeeda Sofi in Srinagar. They said that the arrest would not weaken the ongoing freedom movement. Indian police during crackdown operations arrested more than 60 youth and booked two activists of Peoples League, Rafiq Ahmad Dar and Bablu Shah, under black law, Public Safety Act. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, in a statement in Geneva expressed serious concern over the human rights situation in occupied Kashmir. He reiterated the UN body’s call for unfettered and unconditional access to Jammu and Kashmir to independently and impartially monitor the human rights situation in the territory. Two legislators from Kargil and Zanskar areas of Ladakh region through a joint memorandum presented to Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh urged India to resolve the Kashmir dispute politically instead of clamping down on the people of Kashmir.—KMS