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.

The All Parties Hurriyat Conference Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani, Chairman of Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, JKLF Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik and other Hurriyat leaders including Bilal Siddiqui, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, Zafar Akbar Butt, Javaid Ahmad Mir, Muhammad Musaddiq Aadil, Farida Behnji, human rights defender Abdul Qadeer Dar and Peoples Freedom League in their separate statements said that trigger-happy Indian troops were working under a well thought-out plan to kill innocent civilians in Kashmir.

The All Parties Hurriyat Conference Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani in a statement slammed the puppet administration for imposing restrictions in the territory. He said that India was using military might to suppress the Kashmiris’ peaceful struggle.

On the other hand, the International Federation of Journalists in a report released in Brussels said that the Indian government was using advertisement as a tool to force media to toe official line in occupied Kashmir. The report titled ‘Kashmir’s Media in Peril: A Situation Report’ said that two Kashmiri journalists Mir Javed and Zuhaib Maqbool were blinded by pellet firing in 2016 while photojournalist Kamran Yousuf was detained without charge by India’s National Investigation Agency.

In Islamabad, a function was organized by APHC-AJK chapter, Kashmir Journalist Forum and members of civil society at National Press Club to pay tributes to the martyrs of Army Public School, Peshawar. Speakers including Abdul Hameed Lone, Abid Abbasi and Bashir Usmani remembered the sacrifices of the students and teachers of the Army Public School.


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