Kashmiri Americans stage protest outside White House

Srinagar, June 27 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, senior resistance leaders Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik while greeting the people on the auspicious occasion of Eidul Fitr have condemned the restrictions and the barring of Hurriyet leadership from offering religious obligations in the territory. 

Syed Ali Gilani in his message slammed the authorities for placing Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai and scores of other resistance leaders and activists under house arrest on the Muslim festival. He termed the arbitrary arrests and curbs as state sponsored terrorism.

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq appealed to the people to reach out to the needy and poor sections of society and remember martyrs and their families on this occasion.

In his message from Srinagar central jail, Muhammad Yasin Malik extended his wishes to the families of martyrs, the injured and the detainees and expressed the hope that the oppressed people of Jammu and Kashmir would soon taste the ultimate victory.

Meanwhile, many youth were arrested after anti-India protests rocked Kishtwar town before and after Eid prayers. Imam of Jamia Masjid Kishtwar Farooq Ahmed Kichloo demanded unconditional withdrawal of cases against the youth. Later, a procession was taken to the shrine of 17th century Sufi saint Hazrat Shah Mohammad Fareed-ud-Din Baghdadi. Pro-freedom, pro-Burhan Wani and anti- India slogans were raised during the rally.

The United Jihad Council has issued a week-long programme to pay tributes to Burhan Wani and the 1931 martyrs from July 7 to 13.

In Muzaffarabad, Kashmiris held a demonstration to express solidarity with Syed Salahuddin. They condemned the US administration’s decision of declaring Syed Salahuddin a terrorist. The President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Sardar Masood Khan in his statement said that the activities of Syed Salahuddin and Huzbul Mujahedeen could not be termed as terrorism.

In Washington, hundreds of Kashmiri American protesters chanted the slogans of freedom and justice in front of the White House during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with President Trump. Secretary General of World Kashmir Awareness Forum, Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai, on the occasion said that now was the time when President Trump should listen to Candidate Trump who had said in October last year that he would be honored to address the Kashmir issue.

On the other hand, Iran has included the Kashmiris in the list of nations of the world who are oppressed. Iran’s Supreme Leader Sayyid Ali Khamenei speaking on the occasion of Eid urged the World of Islam to express disdain against the oppressors and take a position in favour of the oppressed in Kashmir.


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