Srinagar, June 29 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the joint resistance leadership has condemned as political vendetta the fresh arrest spree unleashed by Indian forces against Hurriyat leaders, activists and youth across the Valley.

The leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in a joint statement issued in Srinagar said that India was leaving no stone unturned to crush every voice raised in the valley expressing Kashmiri people’s sentiment and aspirations. They maintained that the people of Jammu and Kashmir were peacefully engaged in their struggle for freedom from Indian occupation for the last 70 years. The leadership said the international community including the United States is duty-bound to honor the commitment made to the people of Kashmir by granting them the right of self-determination, promised by the UN and supported by the US, UK and the international community. The leaders pointed out that declaring Syed Salahuddin as terrorist by the US administration was unjustifiable and regrettable.

Two new videos of Indian soldiers, mercilessly beating Kashmiri youth, have gone viral on social media in the Valley. One of the videos shows at least two army soldiers using large canes to ruthlessly thrash a youth. They are heard threatening to smash the youth’s skull. The other video filmed inside an army vehicle shows Indian troops slapping and abusing a boy. One soldier is even heard suggesting that troops should shoot the boy and label him as a militant.

Indian police have launched crackdown against resistance leaders and activists ahead of the martyrdom anniversary of martyred youth leader, Burhan Muzaffar Wani. The police are raiding the houses to arrest the leaders. The 21-year-old Burhan Wani was martyred during a fake encounter by Indian troops in Kukarnag area of South Kashmir on July 08, last year. The Mirwaiz-led forum in a statement strongly condemned the continued house detention of its Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in Srinagar.

Meanwhile, Indian troops have launched a massive search operation in Kanipora area of Srinagar. The troops have cordoned off Aribagh area of Kanipora and have started house-to-house search.

APHC leader, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, in a statement paid rich tributes to the martyrs of Anchidora on their 7th anniversary. He slammed the puppet administration for playing the role of collaborators to shield the perpetrators of Anchidora like massacres.


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