Kashmir black day observed in Toronto

Srinagar, October 30 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Hurriyat forum-led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has said that the use of military might by India to crush the genuine struggle of Kashmiri people should serve as an eye-opener for the international community and global human rights watchdogs believing in democracy.

A spokesman of the Hurriyat forum in a statement issued in Srinagar strongly condemned the fresh wave of atrocities unleashed by Indian forces in the territory. He also denounced the continued house detention of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and the arrest of family members of prominent freedom leader, Syed Salahuddin by India’s National Investigation Agency.

The students of Kashmir University held a protest demonstration in the varsity campus in Srinagar, today, to denounce India’s military occupation of Jammu and Kashmir. The students of various departments raising anti-India and pro-freedom slogans marched through the campus. The protest was organized by Kashmir University Students Union.

Kashmir Bar Association in a statement expressed serious concern over the promulgation of dictatorial ordinance by the puppet authorities that seeks punishment for persons and organisations calling for shutdowns and protest demonstrations. The Bar Association described the Ordinance as an attack on the fundamental right of speech, freedom of expression and denial of the right to protest against suppression and oppression by the Indian government and its agencies.

Hurriyat leaders Ghulam Mohammad Khan Sopori, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, Zafar Akbar Butt, Farida Behenji and Jammu and Kashmir Muslim League in their separate statements in Srinagar urged the world community to use its influence on India to release all illegally detained Kashmiris.

The newly-elected President of pro-India National Conference, Farooq Abdullah, addressing a party meeting in Srinagar said that Hindu extremist organization Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh was taking groups of youth from far-flung areas of occupied Kashmir to Nagpur, brainwashing and training them as their agents.

In Toronto, a large number of people including members of the Kashmiri community participated in a conference to observe Kashmir Black Day. In his welcoming remarks, Convene of Friends of Kashmir Committee, Zafar Bangash, briefly highlighted the significance of the day. There was also a video presentation of Indian troops’ brutalities against the Kashmiri people. A resolution passed on the occasion noted the ongoing grave human rights violations in Indian occupied Kashmir, condemning the use of pellet guns and India’s approach to systematically change the demography of the territory.

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