Use of PSA as political weapon denounced

Srinagar, September 02 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, at least one-and-half dozen people suffered pellet and bullet injuries when Indian army and police personnel opened fire on the protesters in Laddi area of south Kashmir’s Shopian district, today.

Ffteen of the protesters, who received pellet injuries, were brought to Shopian hospital. Two critically injured civilians were shifted to Soura hospital, Srinagar, for advanced treatment. Violent protests broke out in Laadi area of the district early morning, today, when personnel of Indian army’s 44 Rashtriya Rifles, special police force and paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force launched a cordon and search operation in the area.

A strong protest was held in Kishtwar in support of Article 35-A of the Indian constitution. The protesters were led by Imam of Jamia Masjid Kishtwar, Farooq Ahmed Kichloo.

Indian police arrested five persons under sedition charge for allegedly raising anti-India slogans during a protest at Mendhar in Poonch district. SSP Poonch Rajiv Pandey while talking to media confirmed that the same case had been registered against other protesters.

The Chairman of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Jammu and Kashmir, Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai, Mirwaiz Hurriyat forum, Democratic Freedom Party and Hurriyat leader Muhammad Iqbal Mir in their separate statements condemned the use of draconian law Public Safety Act as a political weapon against the freedom-loving Kashmiri people.

Several journalist organizations including Washington-based Committee to Protect Journalists, Kashmir Working Journalist Association and Kashmir Journalist Association in their separate statements demanded the release of journalist Asif Sultan from Indian police custody.

A small girl missing for the past 10 days was found dead in a forest area in Uri, Baramulla district, today.

Meanwhile, a book authored by a former Chief Justice of India has revealed that Article 35A flows from an agreement in 1954 between India and Pakistan. Senior lawyer and an eminent legal expert Syed Tasadduq Hussain in a media interview in Srinagar said that the Indian Supreme Court lacked inherent jurisdiction to hear the matter.

On the other hand, ‘India’s Incredible Terrorism’ campaign has been launched at a press conference held by Kashmiri Diaspora leaders Barrister Abdul Majeed Tramboo and Professor Nazir Ahmed Shawl at press club in Brussels. The leaders highlighted the gross human rights violations in the occupied territory.

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