Srinagar, November 19 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown is being observed in the territory, today, against the cordon and search operations being carried out by Indian armed forces and killings in the Valley.

All shops and business establishments are closed, while traffic is off the road in Srinagar and other parts of the territory. Call for the strike has been given by the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik. The authorities have deployed forces in strength to prevent anti-India protests.

Dozens of youth have been killed in Hajin,Pulwama and Zakura and other areas of the occupied territory by Indian troops over the past few days.

The leadership in a statement issued in Srinagar paying tributes to the martyrs said, as severe state repression continues and there is stubbornness on the part of Government of India with regard to the resolution of the Kashmir dispute, a section among the youth, pushed to the wall, feels forced to find expression to their political aspirations and will by resorting to armed means.

“Government of India should stop killings and instead resolve the internationally-acknowledged Kashmir dispute in accordance with internationally-accepted means of dispute resolution so that precious human lives are not lost and peace and security prevail in the region,” the leadership added.

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