Anti-India demos in Srinagar, Kul­gam, Islamabad Hur­riyet lead­ers de­tained

Pakistan Observer - - KASHMIR -

SRINAGAR—In oc­cu­pied Kash­mir, peo­ple staged force­ful demon­stra­tions in Srinagar, Kul­gam and Islamabad ar­eas Fri­day against In­dian atroc­i­ties.

Peo­ple took to the streets in Nowhatta, Shal­teng, Khud­wani, Kaimoh and Islamabad ar­eas and shouted slo­gans in favour of free­dom and against India. The pro­test­ers waved Pak­istani Na­tional flag in Nowhatta dur­ing the protests while In­dian po­lice fired tear­gas shells to dis­perse them. Com­plete shut­down was ob­served in Khud­wani and Kaimoh ar­eas of Kul­gam against the ar­rest of in­no­cent youth by the po­lice.

The oc­cu­pa­tion au­thor­i­ties put Hur­riyet lead­ers in­clud­ing Syed Ali Gi­lani, Muham­mad Yasin Ma­lik, Shab­bir Ah­mad Shah, Muham­mad Ashraf Sehrai, Peer Sai­ful­lah, Ha­keem Ab­dur Rasheed, Syed Bashir An­drabi, Bi­lal Sid­diqui, Imtiyaz Hy­der and Muham­mad Yasin At­tai un­der house ar­rest or be­hind the bars. They were not even al­lowed to of­fer Juma prayers.

The Chair­man of Hur­riyet fo­rum, Mir­waiz Umar Fa­rooq, ad­dress­ing a gath­er­ing at Jamia Masjid in Srinagar, to­day, strongly de­nounced the detention of the re­sis­tance lead­ers terming the ac­tion as frustration of the pup­pet au­thor­i­ties. He said that India’s plan of set­ting up colonies for re­tired In­dian sol­diers in the ter­ri­tory, sep­a­rate town­ship for Kash­miri Pan­dits and in­tro­duc­ing the so­called Kash­mir In­dus­trial Pol­icy would be re­sisted tooth and nail. Hur­riyet lead­ers, Muham­mad Yousuf Naqash Mukhtar Ahmed Waza, Shab­bir Ahmed Dar and Imtiyaz Ahmed Reshi and the Jammu and Kash­mir Demo­cratic Free­dom Party in their state­ments and ad­dresses also con­demned the curbs on the Hur­riyet lead­ers.

Mean­while, the Imams and Kha­teebs of dif­fer­ent mosques in their ser­mons in­formed the peo­ple about the se­ri­ous con­se­quences of the anti-Kash­miri agenda be­ing ad­vanced by RSS-backed In­dian gov­ern­ment and its lo­cal col­lab­o­ra­tors in the ter­ri­tory.—KMS

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