Many in­jured in forces’ ac­tions in Shopian, Pul­wama

Nor­mal life af­fected for 115th con­sec­u­tive day

Pakistan Observer - - FRONT PAGE - SRI­NA­GAR—Many

of none and will only bring death and de­struc­tion in the re­gion.

The Hur­riyet fo­rum in a state­ment in Sri­na­gar said, “Kash­mir dis­pute re­mains the core prob­lem be­tween the two coun­tries and to avoid a war like sit­u­a­tion in the re­gion, global fo­rums across the world es­pe­cially SAARC coun­tries, can play a role in in­flu­enc­ing the two na­tions to stop hos­til­i­ties and take con­crete steps to re­solve the dis­pute be­tween them.”

De­nounc­ing the pup­pet regime for push­ing the sit­u­a­tion in Kash­mir back to the 1990s by car­ry­ing out crack­downs and ar­rest spree of youth, the Hur­riyet fo­rum said the forces were con­duct­ing noc­tur­nal raids on the res­i­dences of youth, beat­ing up in­mates both old and young and ransacking house­hold items while peace­ful protests were be­ing dealt with bru­tal and op­pres­sive tac­tics.

It ex­pressed grief over the loss of in­no­cent lives and in­juries to dozens of peo­ple in the shelling along the Line of Con­trol.—KMS

peo­ple were in­jured when In­dian forces used brute force on pro­test­ers in Shopian and Pul­wama and other dis­tricts of the ter­ri­tory, Mon­day.

Clashes erupted in Shopian af­ter forces raided the res­i­dence of Tehreek-e-Hur­riyet dis­trict Pres­i­dent, Mo­ham­mad Yousuf Flahi in Mu­loo vil­lage of the South dis­trict. As soon as po­lice and para­mil­i­tary per­son­nel reached Flahi’s res­i­dence, lo­cals came out of their homes and started rais­ing anti-In­dia and profree­dom slo­gans. In Pul­wama dis­trict, In­dian army and para­mil­i­tary forces opened fire af­ter lo­cals ob­jected to re­moval of some ban­ners by forces in Rohmoo vil­lage. The ban­ners with pic­tures of mu­jahideen were in­stalled by lo­cals in the area some­time back.

Mean­while, nor­mal life re­mained af­fected in Kash­mir for the 115th con­sec­u­tive day, to­day, due to the shut­down against the civil­ian killings. Shops and busi­ness es­tab­lish­ments were shut and traffic was off the road. Forces’ per­son­nel were de­ployed in strength in mar­kets and along the main roads. All roads lead­ing to his­toric Jamia Masjid, Sri­na­gar, re­mained closed and a large num­ber of forces’ per­son­nel re­mained de­ployed to pre­vent peo­ple from en­ter­ing the area.

The All Par­ties Hur­riyet Con­fer­ence, Chair­man, Syed Ali Gi­lani in a state­ment is­sued in Sri­na­gar said that the killing of civil­ian peo­ple by In­dian armed forces was a part of a well-planned strat­egy of the In­dian au­thor­i­ties.

The fo­rum led by Mir­waiz Umar Fa­rooq in a state­ment urged the global fo­rums to re­solve the Kash­mir dis­pute to avert es­ca­la­tion of ten­sion be­tween Pak­istan and In­dia.

Hospi­tal record says that over 1631 civil­ians have been hit in face with pel­lets by In­dian armed forces dur­ing the 115 days of up­ris­ing, with 1,100 of them hav­ing in­juries in eyes.

On the other hand, in­ter­na­tional hu­man rights or­ga­ni­za­tions in­clud­ing Asian Fed­er­a­tion Against Involuntary Dis­ap­pear­ances, Asian Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion, Hu­man Rights De­fend­ers Alert and In­ter­na­tional Coali­tion Against En­forced Dis­ap­pear­ances in their joint state­ment de­manded the re­lease of prom­i­nent Kash­miri hu­man rights de­fender, Khur­ram Parvez from jail.—KMS

MUZAF­FARABAD: An agree­ment to carry out de­vel­op­ment plans be­ing signed be­tween AJK and Eco­nomic Af­fairs Di­vi­sion, Pak­istan.

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