Protests in IOK against braid chopping

Srinagar, October 16 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has made it clear to India that Kashmir is basically a human and political dispute, which cannot be resolved by killing people.

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a statement issued in Srinagar said that efforts aimed at changing the disputed nature of Jammu and Kashmir were doomed to fail as more than 18 resolutions passed by UN Security Council guaranteed the right to self-determination to the Kashmiri people. He deplored that Indian government continued with its iron fist policy in Kashmir to muzzle the genuine struggle for freedom. The Mirwaiz also expressed concern over chopping of Kashmiri women’s braids in the occupied territory.

The All Parties Hurriyat Conference, in a statement issued in Srinagar, today, maintained that peaceful settlement of the Kashmir dispute would not only bring an end to a nuclear threat, but would also herald peace and prosperity in the South Asian region.

Meanwhile, hundreds of people including women and students staged protests in Maisuma, Hawal, Awantipora, Pampore, Sopore, Khrew, Sheeri and other areas of the Valley against the rising incidents of braid chopping and atrocities. Several people were injured after Indian troops used brute force and fired pellets and teargas shells on the protesters.

Police conceded that people were complaining that Indian forces were involved in braid chopping incidents to create unrest in the Valley.

On the other hand, students of Islamic University of Science and Technology staged a protest rally at Awantipora in Srinagar against the detention of a fellow student, Junaid Akhoon. The protesters said that the forces were harassing innocent students without any reason.

Secretary General of World Kashmir Awareness Forum, Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai, in a statement issued in Washington said that Indian forces were routinely committing war crimes in occupied Kashmir with impunity under emergency laws. He made a mention of frightful human rights violations, extrajudicial killings, torture, rape, abductions, arson and arbitrary detentions in the territory.

Communist Party of India-Marxist leader, D Raja, talking to media persons in New Delhi said that Kashmir was a disputed territory, which needed to be resolved politically. D Raja urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to accept the disputed status of Jammu and Kashmir and initiate talks to resolve the issue.

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