JRL calls for shutdown on Feb 9, 11

Srinagar, February 06 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Chief of Dukhtaran-e-Millat, Sayyeda Aasiya Andrabi has said that the dispute over Jammu and Kashmir remains to be an unfinished agenda of the partition of South Asian sub-continent.

Addressing a seminar held in Srinagar, Aasiya Andrabi said that the Kashmir dispute had come into existence because of the two-nation theory and there should be no doubt that the people of Kashmir wanted to see Kashmir as a part of Pakistan.

The seminar was arranged to mark the 25 years of the incarceration of Aasiya Andrabi’s husband, Dr Muhammad Qasim Fakhtoo. She termed the detention of Dr Fakhtoo as political vendetta and said that he was put behind the bars because of his political ideology. A protest was staged at Press Colony in Srinagar to demand the release of Dr Qasim Fakhtoo.

Meanwhile, the Joint Resistance Leadership has called for complete shutdown on the martyrdom anniversaries of prominent Kashmiri leaders Muhammad Afzal Guru and Muhammad Maqbool Butt falling on 9th and 11th of this month. The resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in a joint statement issued in Srinagar said that peaceful protests would be staged across the territory on Friday, and on Sunday a joint memorandum would be submitted to the UN office at Sonawar in Srinagar asking the World Body to impress upon India to return the mortal remains of the Kashmiri martyrs, buried in New Delhi’s Tihar jail.

A signature campaign has already been launched in Srinagar and Badgam areas to demand the remains of the Kashmiri martyrs. India had hanged Muhammad Maqbool Butt in New Delhi’s Tihar Jail on 11th February in 1984 and Muhammad Afzal Guru in the same jail on 9th February, 2013.

Protests erupted in Bijbehara area of Islamabad district against the occupation of a community center by the Indian army. The protesters demanded immediate eviction of the troops from the area.

Tehreek-e-Kashmir UK and Europe mobilized the Kashmiri diaspora and Pakistanis living in numerous European cities to express support to the people of occupied Kashmir in connection with Kashmir Solidarity Day. Tehreek-e-Kashmir UK President Fahim Kayani and Europe President Muhammad Ghalib led rallies with thousands of participants in Lisbon, the capital city of Portugal.

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