Indian troops martyr one youth in Rajouri

Srinagar, September 05 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani, has reiterated his appeal for complete boycott of the so-called upcoming Panchayat and Municipal elections to safeguard the right to self-determination movement of the Kashmiri people.

Syed Ali Gilani in a statement in Srinagar said India uses sham elections at the international fora to defame the Kashmir’s freedom struggle. He said poll boycott is a democratic right of an individual.

The Chairman of Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a statement issued in Srinagar, today, condemned the authorities for leaving the civilian population in the occupied territory, particularly in South Kashmir, at the mercy of brutal Indian forces.

Senior APHC leader and the Chairman of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Jammu and Kashmir, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, condemned the arrest of prominent freedom leader, Syed Salahuddin’s another son, Syed Skaheel Ahmed Shah.

The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Muhammad Yasin Malik, on behalf of the Joint Resistance Leadership gave a stern warning to India saying that the JRL would call for a mass agitation if frequent cordon and search operations, killings and arrests were not stopped.

Meanwhile, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism martyred one Kashmiri youth in Rajouri district, today. The troops killed the youth during a military operation in Kass area of the district. The troops launched massive cordon and search operations in Pulwama, Kulgam, Shopian, Baramulla and Rajouri areas. They fired teargas shells on people who were protesting against the operations. A non-local who was injured in firing by the troops during the operation in Pulwama succumbed in a hospital.

The troops thrashed family members and neighbours of a freedom activist, Lateef Ahmed Dar, in Dogripora area of Awantipora in South Kashmir. Those who suffered critical injuries in the forces’ action were shifted to hospital.

The authorities detained several Hurriyat leaders and activists under draconian Public Safety Act ahead of the so-called upcoming local bodies’ elections. Police arrested Mukhtar Ahmed Waza along with five activists in Islamabad town. The authorities launched a crackdown on social media accounts of Hurriyat groups.

The deceased Hurriyet leaders, Dr Abdul Aala and Mushtaq Ahmed Wani were remembered at a function organized by the All Parties Hurriyet Conference Azad Kashmir chapter in Islamabad. Muhammad Farooq Rehmani, Hassan-al-Bana, Abdul Hameed Lone, Ghulam Muhammad Safi were among the speakers while former Amir of AJK Jamaat-e-Islami, Abdul Rasheed Turabi, was the chief guest.

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