Complete shutdown in Handwara tomorrow

Srinagar, January 24 (KMS): Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and across the world will observe the Indian Republic Day, on Friday, as Black Day to remind the world community that India continues to deny the people of Kashmir their inalienable right to self-determination.

Call for the observance of the day has been given by the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising, Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik. The day will be marked with a complete strike in occupied Kashmir and anti-India demonstrations and rallies in world capitals. The leaders in a joint statement in Srinagar, today, said, India has no right to celebrate its Republic Day as it is occupying Jammu and Kashmir with its military might.

Indian troops and police personnel have been deployed in strength in Srinagar and other towns ahead of the Indian Republic Day. Random crackdowns are being carried out and commuters are subjected to vigorous screening. Police have erected barricades in different areas of Baramulla and on Srinagar-Muzaffarabad highway frisking every passerby and vehicle before being allowed to move ahead.

Complete Shutdown will be observed in Handwara area of Kupwara district, tomorrow, to mark the anniversary of January 1990 massacre, perpetrated by Indian army and paramilitary forces. Dozens of Kashmiris were killed when the troops opened fire on protesters on the 25th January in 1990 in Handwara. The carnage took place soon after Jagmohan Malhotra took charge as governor of the occupied territory.

The Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani in a statement in Srinagar criticized the puppet administration for its callous approach towards the rape and murder of a minor girl, Aasifa, in Kathua district. He said the incident has shaken the collective conscience of the Kashmiri people.

Hundreds of people hailing from Gujjar-Bakerwal community assembled outside the deputy commissioner’s office in Islamabad town and demanded the arrest of culprits behind the rape and murder of the Kathua girl. A delegation of Jammu and Muslim Conference led by its President, Muhammad Sultan Magray, joined a demonstration at press colony in Srinagar to demand justice for the victim girl.

Indian troops went berserk during a crackdown operation in Lassipora area of Pulwama district and subjected everyone who came in their way to ruthless beating. The troops did not spare even a local headman and a preacher.

The Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front has condemned the extension to judicial remand of party Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik, till 27th of this month. Yasin Malik was arrested on Friday and was lodged at Srinagar Central Jail.

In Washington, the World Kashmir Awareness Forum Secretary General, Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai in a statement expressed gratitude to the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, for encouraging Pakistan and India to address the Kashmir dispute politically. He said, the Kashmiris still believe that the UN Secretary General will mediate between the parties concerned.


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