Killing triggers shutdown, clashes in Kupwara

Srinagar, December 17 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, thousands of people, today, participated in the funeral prayers of a civilian killed in the firing of Indian troops in Kupwara district.

The victim, Asif Iqbal, a driver by profession, was shot to death by the troops while he was shifting a patient to hospital, last night. His body was brought to his ancestral Thandipora village of the district amid high-pitched anti-India and pro-freedom slogans. The mourners were intercepted by the Indian police at Batapora. The police fired teargas shells on the mourners, triggering clashes. Many people including the member of the so-called Kashmir Assembly, Engineer Abdur Rasheed, were arrested by the police. Women while screaming and wailing also participated in the funeral procession. Asif Iqbal was laid to rest amid sobs and tears.

Meanwhile, complete shutdown was observed in Kralpora and adjoining areas of Kupwara district against the killing. All shops and business establishments were closed while traffic was off the road. »

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Srinagar, December 17 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has that the Indian army has killed a poor taxi driver from Kupwara district in cold blood.

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a statement issued in Srinagar, today, said that the poor taxi driver was killed by the army while taking an ailing patient to a hospital. »

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Srinagar, December 17 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples League (JKPL), Mukhtar Ahmad Waza has said that the people of Kashmir have paid unprecedented sacrifices for cause of freedom from India.

Mukhtar Ahmad Waza addressing a public meeting at Panditpora in Islamabad paid rich tributes to the martyrs and their dedication for the cause of Kashmir. He said Kashmiris including youth and women are equally playing their role and urged the world community to facilitate a peaceful and durable solution of Kashmir dispute in line with the UN resolutions. »

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Brussels, December 17 (KMS): The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has said that the government-control through advertisement revenue is prevalent in Kashmir and the media is being pressurized to toe the official line or face financial insecurity.

In a report titled “Kashmir’s Media in Peril: A Situation Report” released in Brussels, the IFJ said, the “Information is controlled by government and security forces’’ and among other challenges are “out-of-bounds areas, telephone and internet shutdowns; no system in place to get official version of incidents from police or security agencies.” »

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Srinagar, December 17 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, clashes erupted in Batpora area of Kupwara district, today, against the killing of a civilian by Indian troops.

Asif Iqbal, a driver by profession, was injured in firing by troops during an ambush at Thandipora area of Kupwara last night. He was rushed to a hospital at Kralpora in Kupwara where from he was referred to a hospital in Srinagar, but he succumbed on the way in Sopore. »

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Srinagar, December 17 (KMS): Body of a 19-year-old youth from south Kashmir was found hanging from a ceiling of a room in Jaipur, (India).

A police Sub-Inspector, Baneer Singh, who has been tasked to investigate the case, said over phone that police recovered body of Zahid Ahmad Butt from the ceiling at a rented room in Muhana Mandi area of Jaipur.

“The body was hanging from the ceiling and we have taken it to Mahtama Gandhi hospital for postmortem and other legal medico formalities,” Banner Singh said. »

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Srinagar, December 17 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani has slammed the puppet administration for imposing restrictions in the territory

Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar said the public rally supposed to be held at Lal Chowk, Islamabad, was organised to send a message to occupational forces that despite military might they can’t face resistance leadership and people on political turf.

He said, “Their tall claims about freedom of expression stand exposed as they didn’t dare to face pro-freedom leadership and resorted to vandalism, arresting leadership, imposing restrictions and bullying.” »

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Islamabad, December 17 (KMS): A function was held at National Press Club, Islamabad, to pay tributes to the martyrs of Army Public School, Peshawar.

Candle lights were also lightened in memory of the martyrs. Speakers including Abdul Hameed Lone, Abid Abbasi and Bashir Usmani eulogized the sacrifices of the students and teachers of Army Public School. »

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