JRL holds protest in Srinagar against NIA raids, arrests » Kashmir Media Service

Srinagar, September 19 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, staged a protest at Lal Chowk in Srinagar to condemn the India’s National Investigating Agency (NIA) raids, detentions and killings in the territory.

The protesters denounced the detentions of resistance leaders by NIA and arrest spree unleashed by Indian forces across occupied Kashmir. “Putting common people in jails and intimidations through NIA amounts to trampling of democratic and human norms,” said the protesters. They said that the people of Jammu and Kashmir who had been facing the wrath of Indian police and army for demanding their right to self-determination for the last 70 years could not be intimidated by jails, NIA and other acts of state sponsored aggression.

Hurriyat leaders who attended the demonstration included Ghulam Nabi Zaki, Yasmeen Raja, Showkat Ahmad Bakshi, Nisar Hussain Rather, Molvi Bashir Indrabi, Engineer Ghulam Rasool Dar Eidhi, Bashir Indrabi, Mushtaq Ahmad Sofi, Farooq Ahmad Sodagar, Sirajuddin Mir, Muhammad Yasin Butt, Sheikh Abdul Rashid, Mukhtar Ahmad Sofi, Bashir Ahmad Kashmiri, Muhammad Yasin Atai, Imtiyaz Hyder, Muhammad Sideeq Shah, Professor Javed, Syed Muhammad Shafi, Muhammad Sideeq Hazari, Ashraf Bin Salam, Imtiyaz Shah, Mushtaq Ahmad Khan, Zahoor Ahmed Sheikh and Muhammad Yousuf Baba.

Expressing solidarity with thousands of Kashmiris who are facing Indian wrath from Tihar Jail to jails in occupied Kashmir, the protesters on the occasion said that thousands of young and old including ailing women leader, Aasiya Andrabi, and her associate, Fahmeeda Sofi, are facing Indian oppression in different jails and incarceration centers. They said that Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Shahid-ul-Islam, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Merajuddin Kalwal, Peer Saifullah, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Farooq Ahmad Dar, businessman Zahoor Ahmad Watali, journalist Kamran Yousuf and farmer Javed Ahmad have been put behind bars by NIA and ED (Enforcement Directorate) on concocted charges, while as thousands including Bashir Ahmad Rather (Boya), Maulana Sarjan Barkati, Atif Hassan, Irfan Ahmad, Amir Hamza, Mir Hafizullah, Muhammad Yousuf Falahi, Abdul Ghani Butt, Muhammad Rafiq Ganai, Muhammad Yousuf Baghwan and many more remain in jails under the black law, Public Safety Act (PSA).

Hailing the recent report of Amnesty International on use of pellet guns in occupied Kashmir, the protesting leaders said. “Amnesty has rightly raised concern about the miseries of Kashmiris and we (hope) they will (also) raise the question of thousands of Kashmiris languishing in jails and highlight the hardships these people are facing at the hands of so-called largest democracy of the world.”

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