JRL calls for complete shutdown on August 26 and 27

Srinagar, August 17 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, people held forceful demonstrations and rallies in Srinagar and other areas, today, to register their protest against the BJP-led Indian government’s attempts to abrogate Article 35-A of the Indian Constitution which guarantees special privileges and rights to the permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir.

Soon after the culmination of Juma prayers, today, people took to the streets in Srinagar, Badgam, Islamabad, Shopian, Pulwama, Kulgam, Bandipora, Baramulla and other areas and held demonstrations and rallies against the Indian plans. The protesters led by Hurriyat leaders including Muhammad Yasin Malik, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, Hakeem Abdur Rasheed, Bilal Siddiqi, Syed Bashir Andrabi, Mukhtar Ahmed Waza, Syed Imtiaz Haider, Imtiaz Ahmed Shah, Molvi Bashir Irfani, Khawaja Firdous Wani and Imtiaz Ahmed Reshi raised high-pitched pro-freedom and anti-India slogans. Addressing the protesters, Hurriyat leaders said that the people of Jammu and Kashmir would not let anyone to turn their land into another Palestine where original inhabitants were thrown out by the occupiers. Indian police subjected the protesters to brute force at different places. Indian Supreme Court will hear the petitions seeking abrogation of Article 35-A on 27th of this month.

The Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in a statement issued in Srinagar, today, called for a two-day shutdown on August 26 and 27 against the onslaught on the Article 35-A. The statement said that in case any untoward decision was given by the Supreme Court, a mass agitation would commence and the consequences of which would be direct responsibility of the Indian state for instigating people to it.

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq addressing a gathering at Jamia Masjid in Srinagar, today, termed the notices issued to Syed Ali Gilani and Muhammad Yasin Malik by India’s Enforcement Directorate as cheap tactics. He said that such moves could not intimidate the Hurriyat leadership into submission.

On the other hand, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference and Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Jammu and Kashmir in their statements denounced the harassment of family members of illegally detained Hurriyat leader, Raja Merajuddin Kalwal, by the sleuths of India’s Enforcement Directorate. Raja Merajuddin Kalwal has been lodged in New Delhi’s Tihar Jail for the past more than a year.

The Jammu and Kashmir Muslim League in a statement in Srinagar condemned the re-arrest of its illegally detained leader, Assadullah Parray, by the Indian police soon after his release from Kot Bhalwal Jail in Jammu following his release on court orders.

An Indian soldier was killed in an attack during a cordon and search operation at Kachlu Kralgund in Handwara area of Kupwara district, today. Four people were injured, one of them critically, when unidentified persons hurled a grenade at the office of Superintendent of Police Awantipora, today.

Clashes between protesters and Indian troops and police erupted after the forces’ personnel cordoned off Mir Mohalla in Hajin area of Bandipora district and started house-to-house searches. The occupation authorities suspended Internet services in Bandipora and Hajin areas

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