Shutdown in Gool, Sumbal, Tral, Gandarbal

Srinagar, July 22 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, protest strike was observed in different areas including Pulwama, Bandipora, Gandarbal and Gool against the arrest of youth and ransacking of property by Indian paramilitary forces.

According to Kashmir Media Service, all shops and business establishments remained closed in the areas. The Indian police and Central Reserve Police Force personnel went berserk, barged into the houses and broke windows and furniture in Tral. Anti-India protests were also staged in Srinagar, Qazigund and other areas of the territory.

Hurriyet leaders including Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Syed Ali Gilani, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Nayeem Ahmad Khan and Zafar Akbar Butt continued to remain under house arrest while Muhammad Yasin Malik, Javed Ahmad Mir and others in police custody for the fifth consecutive day, today.

A delegation of Punjab-based Sikh organization, Akali Dal, led by its senior leader, Simranjit Singh Mann met Syed Ali Gilani, Shabbir Ahmed Shah at their residences and Muhammad Yasin Malik at Kothibagh Police Station in Srinagar. Simranjit Singh Mann on the occasion supported the Kashmiris’ movement and condemned the ruthless killings of civilians in the territory.

Noted human rights defender, Khurram Parvez in a media interview in Srinagar said that an international investigation by a credible forum will be the only meaningful mechanism for providing justice in the recent massacre at Gool and also for all the crimes perpetrated by the Indian state actors in last 23 years.

In Jeddah, the Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu in a statement condemned the killing of protestors by the Indian Border Security Force in Ramban district of occupied Kashmir.

In Islamabad, the All Parties Hurriyet Conference Azad Jammu and Kashmir chapter held a peaceful sit-in outside the UN office in Islamabad. The protest was led by APHC-AJK Convener, Syed Yousuf Naseem. A memorandum on behalf of the people of Kashmir addressed to the UN Secretary General was also submitted on the occasion.

The Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front held a protest demonstration at Press Club in Islamabad and submitted a memorandum to UN office against the killings of youth and arrest of liberation leaders including Chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik.

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