Complete shutdown observed in IOK today

Women protest against killings in Hajin

Srinagar, November 19 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown was observed, today, against the cordon and search operations and subsequent killings by Indian forces across the Kashmir Valley.

All shops and business establishments were closed, while traffic was off the road. Call for the strike was given by the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik. Strict restrictions were imposed in Srinagar to prevent anti-India protests. Train service remained suspended for the second day, today, in the territory. The internet service was also snapped in some parts of the territory.

The Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar said that Pakistan’s permanent envoy to the United Nations, Dr Maleeha Lodhi’s stand on Kashmir, expressed by her in the World Body, was in accordance with the historical and ground realities of Jammu and Kashmir. He added that Pakistan had been making its all-out efforts to implement the UN resolutions for settlement of the Kashmir dispute for the past many decades. He urged the international human rights organizations to take cognizance of the worsening situation in Kashmir.

Hurriyat leaders and organizations in their separate statements paid glowing tributes to the youth, martyred by Indian troops in Zakura and Hajin areas of Srinagar and Bandipora districts. Hurriyat leaders, Shabbir Ahmad Dar, Muhammad Ahsan Untoo and Imtiyaz Ahmad Reshi visited Parimpora area of Srinagar to express condolences with the family of a martyr, Mughees Ahmad.

A large number of women held pro-freedom protests in Hajin area of Banidpora district against the killing of six youth by Indian troops. The protesting women raised anti-India and pro-freedom slogans. Funeral prayers-in-absentia for the martyred youth were held in Chandergaer area.

Meanwhile, a delegation of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front participated in fateh Khawani at martyrs’ graveyard, Eidgah, in Srinagar on the anniversary of Aali Kadal martyrs. Indian troops had killed noted liberation leader, Sheikh Abdul Hameed, along with his associates Mushtaq Ahmad Lone, Advocate Jamil Chowdhry, Fayaz Ahmad Sheikh, Mushtaq Ahmad Kotey, Ghulam Ahmad Mir, Manzoor Ahmad Khan, Farooq Ahmad Dar, Ghulam Nabi Butt and Pervez Bullah at Aali Kadal in Srinagar on this day in 1992. Besides Hurriyet leaders and activists, a large number of people, relatives and family members of the martyrs participated in the event.

On the other hand, Indian authorities arrested Hurriyat leader Mukhtar Ahmad Waza and placed senior APHC leader Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi under house arrest to prevent them from addressing public gatherings.

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