Police arrest Tari, dozens activists

Srinagar, November 23 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party held a protest rally in Srinagar, today, against the inhuman treatment meted to the ailing party Chairman, Shabbir Ahmad Shah by the Indian authorities at Delhi’s infamous Tihar jail.

The protesters, led by party leader, advocate Fayaz Ahmad Sodagar defying restrictions took out a march from Press Enclave in Srinagar. They were holding banners and placards demanding proper medical treatment to Shabbir Ahmad Shah. They said that the DFP Chairman had been arrested in a twelve-year-old fake case to prevent him from fighting for the noble cause of right to self-determination. Police arrested dozens of DFP activists during the march. Earlier, police raided the party office in Srinagar, arrested its Secretary General Mohammad Abdullah Tari and sealed the office. All the detainees were lodged at Kothibagh police station.

Senior APHC leader, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi in a statement expressed serious concern over the deteriorating health of Shabbir Ahmad Shah and other Hurriyat leaders languishing in Tihar Jail.

The All Parties Hurriyat Conference said that Jammu and Kashmir had been turned into a police state and detention period of Hurriyat leaders was prolonged on flimsy grounds. The APHC expressed serious concern over the deteriorating health condition of detained Hurriyat leader, Peer Saif Ullah. The Voice of Victims, a local civil rights body, in a statement demanded immediate release of all illegally detained youth including Dawood Zargar and Aadil Zargar.

The joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in a statement issued in Srinagar, today, termed the Indian rulers’ claim about restoration of peace in occupied Kashmir as mere propaganda. The leadership said that Indian rulers were living in fools paradise, because resistance movements could not be crushed by the dint of military might.

Meanwhile, complete shutdown was observed in Bijbehara area of Islamabad district to pay tributes to three local youth, martyred by Indian troops on this day in 2015. All shops and other business establishments were closed while traffic was off the road in the town. Indian army, police and paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force continued their cordon-and-search-operations in Islamabad, Kulgam and Kupwara districts, today.

Police registered a case against two Kashmiri students over refusing to stand for the Indian National Anthem at the Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University in Rajouri. The incident took place during a function, which among others was attended by NN Vohra, governor of the occupied territory.

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