Srinagar, June 13 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, dozens of people were injured after Indian troops barged into their houses and ruthlessly beat whosever came in their way in Shopian district over celebrating Pakistan’s win against Sri Lanka in the ongoing Champions Trophy in England, last night.

As soon as Pakistan won against Sri Lanka, locals came out of their houses in Vehil and Turkwangam areas of the district and burst firecrackers to celebrate the win. Indian troops from a nearby camp rushed to the areas, forced their way into the houses, smashed windowpanes and beat the inmates. The critically injured were shifted to hospitals in Srinagar. The troops also ransacked shops and vandalized vehicles. This brutal action of Indian troops led to massive protests in Shopian. The protesters raised anti-India and pro-freedom slogans.

The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Muhammad Yasin Malik, while addressing a condolence meeting in South Kashmir’s Islamabad district said that India had unleashed a reign of terror against unarmed Kashmiris, but had failed to force the Kashmiris into submission. He added that history has been witnessing to the fact that freedom struggles could not be defeated by oppressive regimes.

Dukhtaran-e-Millat General Secretary, Nahida Nasreen in a statement in Srinagar reiterated her appeal to the world human rights organizations to take notice of the continued illegal detention of Aasiya Andrabi and Fehmeeda Sofi.

The puppet authorities placed Chairman of Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house detention and arrested JKLF Chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik to prevent them from attending a programme, called by the joint resistance leadership in connection with the 50th death anniversary of renowned Kashmiri politician and religious leader Mirwaiz Yusuf Shah in Srinagar, today.

The leaders of APHC-AJK chapter at a meeting in Islamabad paid glowing tributes to Mirwaiz Maulana Yousuf Shah. Quran Khwani and a prayers session were held on the occasion.

Meanwhile, two Indian human rights groups, People’s Union for Civil Liberties and Movement for Secular Democracy and other activists, academicians and journalists sent a memorandum to President, Pranab Mukherjee, condemning the Indian Army’s action of tying a Kashmiri to an army jeep as a human shield in occupied Kashmir. The memorandum said that they were shocked by the action of Major Gogoi and Army Chief General Bipin Rawat defending and justifying his action. The memorandum said that the attitude of the army chief was a serious threat to Indian Constitution, and asked for creating an atmosphere for dialogue with the aggrieved people of the Valley without any delay.


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