Val­ley wit­nesses mas­sive protests af­ter Fri­day prayers

Pakistan Observer - - KASHMIR -

SRINAGAR—Fol­low­ing the post Fri­day protest call given jointly by the sep­a­ratists, peo­ple at var­i­ous places staged protest demon­stra­tions against the gov­ern­ment pro­pos­als in­clud­ing Sainik, Pandit colonies and new in­dus­trial pol­icy.

The pro­test­ers at dif­fer­ent places in­clud­ing City centre were hold­ing ban­ners and raised anti-gov­ern­ment and anti-In­dia slo­gans.

The pro­test­ers tried to take out a protest march against the pro­posed sep­a­rate set­tle­ments for ex-army of­fi­cers and Pan­dits in Kash­mir on a joint call of sep­a­ratist lead­ers.

In Hy­der­pora, Hur­riyat (G) ac­tivists and sev­eral lead­ers took out a rally af­ter Fri­day prayers from Jamia Ma­jid and marched to­wards Air­port road.

The pro­test­ers raised anti-gov­ern­ment slo­gans and pro-Kash­mir slo­gans.

A Hur­riyat (G) leader said that they took out a march from Jamia Masjid Hy­der­pora and ended their peace­ful protest at Air­port road.

Hur­riyat (M) ac­tivists also staged protest against they what they termed as con­tro­ver­sial state­ment out­side the his­tor­i­cal Jamia Masjid in Srinagar.

As soon as the Fri­day con­gre­ga­tion ended in his­toric Jamia Masjid, the pro­test­ers led by Ghu­lam Nabi Zaki and Mush­taq Ah­mad Sofi raised slo­gans against the gov­ern­ment and termed the es­tab­lish­ing of Sainik Colonies, ‘new in­dus­trial pol­icy as a con­spir­acy to di­lute the spe­cial sta­tus of the state.’

In Hand­wara Jamia Masjid, Molvi Man­zoor Ah­mad Kir­mani while ad­dress­ing peo­ple dur­ing the Fri­day con­gre­ga­tion said they won’t al­low es­tab­lish­ing of Sainik colonies and other sim­i­lar gov­ern­ment plans in the state. “We will fight against such plans of the gov­ern­ment,” he said.

In Pal­hal­lan area of north Kash­mir’s Bara­mulla dis­trict, the pro­test­ers took to streets and raised slo­gans against the gov­ern­ment.

Clashes erupted be­tween youth and forces in the area af­ter the youth took to streets to protested against es­tab­lish­ing of Sainik and Pandit colonies, im­ple­men­ta­tion of new in­dus­trial pol­icy. Forces re­sorted to tear smoke shelling to dis­perse the pro­test­ers.

A joint call for shut­down and peace­ful protests af­ter Fri­day prayers across Jammu and Kash­mir was given by both the fac­tions of Hur­riyat and JKLF.—RK

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