JRL to organize big gathering in Islamabad town on Friday

Authorities launched massive crackdown in south Kashmir

Srinagar, December 13 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, a big public gathering will be held in southern town of Islamabad on Friday to give a befitting reply to India’s nefarious propaganda against the Kashmir freedom movement.

call for the public gathering has been given by the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik. The leaders in a statement in Srinagar said that Indian politicians had falsely presumed that the Kashmir freedom movement could be suppressed through use of brute force. They said that forcing silence of a graveyard by using military might and designating it as peace could only be termed as foolishness. They challenged the Indian government to allow the resistance leadership to conduct peaceful political activities so that the reality of its false assumptions was established beyond doubt. The leaders said that similar public programmes would be held in north and central Kashmir.

Meanwhile, the puppet authorities have launched a massive crackdown in entire south Kashmir, arresting scores of people to prevent the public programme. The authorities have also put Hurriyat leaders including Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, Bilal Siddiqi, Shabbir Ahmed Dar, Zafar Akbar Butt and Muhammad Ashraf Laya under house arrest or in detention to stop them from participating in the gathering.

People staged forceful demonstrations after the Indian Army launched a cordon and search operation in Rahmoo area of Pulwama district, today. Clashes erupted in the area after the troops used brute force on the protesters.

A study conducted by academics from Delhi’s Jamia Millia Islamia and Ambedkar University says that Indian army, paramilitary and police personnel are the main perpetrators of violence in occupied Kashmir. The study was authored by Waheeda Khan, former professor of psychology at Jamia Millia Islamia, and Sramana Majumdar, faculty member at the School of Human Studies at Ambedkar University.

In Brussels, the International Federation of Journalists in a statement said that it was almost impossible for the international media to report on Kashmir due to non-issuance of visas to journalists by the Indian authorities. It demanded immediate release of French journalist Paul Comiti, who was arrested by Indian police on Sunday while filming pellet victims in the occupied territory.

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