Forceful anti-India protests held in valley

Srinagar, October 04, 2016 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, forceful anti-India protest demonstrations and rallies marked by restrictions continued on the 88th consecutive day, today, in the territory.

People including women and children defied restrictions and came out of their houses after Zuhr prayers and held anti-India protests in Srinagar, Kupwara, Baramulla, Bandipora, Pulwama, Kulgam, Shopian, Islamabad and Ganderbal districts. Hundreds of people were injured when Indian forces used brute force and fired pellets on peaceful protesters. Slogans like “Go India Go Back” and “We Want Freedom” were raised during the protests. Indian troops barged into houses in Bandipora and ransacked household items. They also smashed vehicles of invitees of a marriage function at Elahi Bagh in Srinagar.

APHC General Secretary Shabbir Ahmad Shah and leader Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi in their statements praised the stand unanimously taken by all political parties and leaders of Pakistan on Jammu and Kashmir. The illegally detained Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Muhammad Yasin Malik in a statement said that the anti-Kashmiri sadist mindset of Indian forces had started Mussolini style war tactic of burning down rice and fruit harvests of Kashmiri villagers.

The Amnesty International in a statement asked the authorities to revoke the ban on printing and publication of daily Kashmir Reader, saying the vaguely-worded shutdown order suggests that the newspaper is being targeted for its reporting. Hurriyet leaders and organizations including Yasmeen Raja, Farooq Ahmad Tawheedi, Mirwaiz-led Hurriyet forum, Jamaat-e-Islami, Kashmir Economic Alliance and Kashmir Editors Guild in their separate statements condemned the ban on publication of English daily Kashmir Reader.

Indian police arrested at least 600 people mostly Hurriyet leaders, activists and youth from Kupwara and Bandipora districts. Fifty-six of them have been booked under black law Public Safety Act. In Islamabad, speakers at a roundtable conference on the role of Kashmiri women in freedom struggle said that India was using the womenfolk as a weapon of war over the past 27 years to suppress the Kashmiris’ ongoing liberation movement. The event was organized by APHC AJK chapter.

On the other hand, after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam has also questioned the Indian claim about so-called surgical strikes across the Line of Control. Sanjay Nirupam in a statement said that no Indian wanted fake surgical strikes against Pakistan to just extract political benefit. Indian Air Chief Arup Raha while addressing the annual Indian Air Force press conference refused to answer questions on the Indian claim of last week’s surgical strikes.

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