Shabbir, Malik, Nayeem and others held in IHK

Srinagar, June 18, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the authorities arrested Hurriyet leaders Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash and Javed Ahmad Mir to prevent them from holding a sit-in protest at Pratap Park in Srinagar, today. Call for the protest demonstration was given by Shabbir Ahmad Shah against India’s continued denial to right self-determination and implementation of UN resolutions on Kashmir and New Delhi’s stepped-up state terrorism in the territory. The detained leaders were lodged at Saddar Police Station in Srinagar.

However, hundreds of people were able to reach Pratap Park even though the police had blocked all the roads leading to the venue.

The police also arrested JKLF Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik with 18 other party activists at Khannabal in Islamabad when he was heading for Doda to distribute relief among quake-affected people in the district.

Jammu Kashmir Peoples Movement, Muslim League and Yasmeen Raja in their separate statements urged India to hold referendum in Jammu and Kashmir to resolve the Kashmir dispute for peace and stability in the region.

The Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Political Front at a meeting presided over by party patron, Fazl Haq Qureshi, expressed concern over the human rights violations committed by Indian army and police in the territory.

On the other hand, Indian authorities had to face an embarrassing situation when the students and faculty members of Law Department of the Kashmir University refused to stand for the India’s national anthem, played on the arrival of the Chief Justice of India, Altamas Kabir. The students and teachers justified their act saying that they were Kashmiris and not Indians.

In London, the Amnesty International in a statement urged the occupation authorities to promptly bring Indian troops and police personnel, responsible for the killing of Tufail Ahmad Mattoo and other Kashmiri youth during the 2010 uprising, to trial in fair proceedings. The human rights body said that the authorities in Kashmir had an obligation under international law to conduct prompt and thorough investigations into the deaths.

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