Shutdown in Kulgam against civilian killing » Kashmir Media Service

Four youth used as human shield by Indian Army

Srinagar, June 19 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown was observed in Kulgam district, today, against the killing of a civilian, Ajaz Ahmad Butt, in firing by the Indian troops on protesters in the district, yesterday.

All shops and other commercial establishments were closed while traffic was off the road in Kulgam and adjoining areas. Mobile Internet and train services were suspended in South Kashmir following the killing of the youth, last evening.

The Joint Resistance Leadership in a statement issued in Srinagar called for a complete shutdown on Thursday against the unabated killings by the Indian forces in Kashmir. The leadership said that the territory had witnessed three deaths of young boys since the Eid day.

The Chairman of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Jammu and Kashmir, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai and other Hurriyat leaders including Bilal Ahmed Sidiqui, Zafar Akbar Butt, Mohammad Yousuf Naqash, Javaid Ahmad Mir, Democratic Freedom Party and Jamaat-e-Islami in their separate statements condemned the surge in civilian killings. Ashraf Sehrai condemned the police raid on the residence of senior party leader Bashir Ahmad Qureshi and the harassment of inmates.

Indian police arrested Grand Mufti of Kashmir, Mufti Nasirul Islam, Shabbir Ahmad Dar and Mukhtar Ahmad Waza to prevent them from attending a pro-freedom rally in Islamabad town, today. Qazi Yasir appeared at the Jamia Masjid in Islamabad and addressed a large gathering. He paid rich tributes to renowned Islamic scholar Qazi Nisar Ahmad on his martyrdom anniversary. Many parts of South Kashmir including Islamabad town remained shut, on the occasion.

A video showing Indian soldiers using four youths to sit before their vehicle as human shield during a cordon and search operation in Samboora village of Pampore went viral on social media. The video showed the protestors yelling at the soldiers for being cowards to use the youth as human shield.

There were reports about clashes between protesters and the Indian forces in Tral area of Pulwama district, today.

The Bharatiya Janata Party has bid adieu to People’s Democratic Party ending the four-year long coalition set-up in occupied Kashmir. The puppet Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti has submitted her resignation to the Governor, NN Vohra.

In Geneva, a Kashmiri delegation met Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and thanked him for his historic role in the release of the first-ever UN report on Kashmir. The delegation comprised Syed Faiz Naqshbandi, Sardar Amjad Yousaf Khan, Hassan al Bana and Advocate Pervez Shah.

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