Com­plete shut­down ob­served in Oc­cu­pied Kash­mir Hur­riyet lead­ers de­tained, three youth mar­tyred

Pakistan Observer - - KASHMIR -

SRINAGAR—Com­plete shut­down was ob­served, on Thurs­day, to protest against In­dia’s plans to con­struct sep­a­rate colonies for re­tired In­dian sol­diers and Kash­miri Pan­dits, ha­rass­ment of Jammu Mus­lims and Delhi’s so-called In­dus­trial Pol­icy in Kash­mir.

All shops and busi­ness es­tab­lish­ments were closed while traf­fic re­mained off the road. Call for the strike was jointly given by the top pro-free­dom lead­ers, Syed Ali Gi­lani, Mir­waiz Umar Fa­rooq and Muham­mad Yasin Ma­lik. They have also called for peace­ful protests, to­mor­row, af­ter Juma prayers.

The oc­cu­pa­tion author­i­ties put Hur­riyet lead­ers and ac­tivists in­clud­ing Syed Ali Gi­lani, Mir­waiz Umar Fa­rooq, Muham­mad Yasin Ma­lik, Shab­bir Ah­mad Shah, Agha Syed Has­san Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi, Muham­mad Ashraf Sehrai, Nay­eem Ah­mad Khan, Yas­meen Raja, Mo­ham­mad Yousuf Naqash, Syed Bashir Andrabi, Mukhtar Ahmed Waza, Muham­mad Ramzan Khan and Javaid Ahmed Mir un­der house ar­rest or be­hind the bars. The ac­tion was taken to pre­vent the lead­ers from lead­ing the protests.

Mean­while, In­dian troops, in their fresh act of state ter­ror­ism, mar­tyred three more Kash­miri youth dur­ing con­tin­ued vi­o­lent mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions at Nowgam in Hand­wara area of Kupwara district, to­day.

The High Court Bar As­so­ci­a­tion of oc­cu­pied Kash­mir in its an­nual re­port said that 815 pris­on­ers in­clud­ing 52 for­eign­ers were lan­guish­ing in just two Kotb­hal­wal and Im­phala jails of Jammu. The re­port cit­ing in­mates said that the author­i­ties were de­lib­er­ately de­lay­ing their pro­duc­tion be­fore courts on sched­uled dates to pro­long their de­ten­tion. The re­port was re­leased af­ter vis­its by a team of the Bar As­so­ci­a­tion to dif­fer­ent jails.

Lead­ers of Mus­lim Ac­tion Com­mit­tee dur­ing a press con­fer­ence in Jammu con­demned the re­cent com­mu­nal ut­ter­ances made by pup­pet Min­is­ter Lal Singh and said that the min­is­ter’s track record was also in­di­ca­tor of his stu­pid­ity.

The Kash­miri Pan­dit and trade union leader, Sam­pat Prakash in a me­dia in­ter­view in Srinagar said that In­dia was try­ing to di­vide Mus­lims and Pan­dits by plan­ning to set up Is­raeli-type towns for Pan­dits in the Val­ley.—KMS

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