Hurriyat leaders detained; internet, train services suspended

Srinagar, February 03 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown was observed, today, on the occasion of Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s visit to the territory as a mark of protest against tyranny and oppression on Kashmiris during the five years of his government.

Call for the shutdown was given by the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik and supported by the Kashmir High Court Bar Association. All shops and other business establishments remained closed while traffic was off the road. Narendra Modi visited Kashmir Valley, Ladakh and Jammu regions and laid foundation stones of different development projects.

The occupation authorities made stringent measures in the name of so-celled security across occupied Kashmir. Indian police and troops were deployed in strength in Srinagar, Jammu and other areas of the occupied territory. The Indian Prime Minister’s special security guards had taken over the main venue in Srinagar where Narendra Modi inaugurated the development projects in the Kashmir Valley. Unarmed aerial vehicles and drones were pressed into service around the venue to maintain aerial vigil. Indian police and troops had seized hundreds of motor bikes in Srinagar and other areas.

The authorities put many Hurriyat leaders including Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Mukhtar Ahmed Waza, Hilal Ahmed War, Javaid Ahmed Mir and Molvi Bashir Ahmed Irfani under house arrest while Indian police arrested Muhammad Yasin Malik to prevent them from leading anti-India demonstrations. The authorities also suspended mobile internet and train services in the occupied territory.

The APHC Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani, in a statement in Srinagar thanked Pakistan for its continued moral, political and diplomatic support to Kashmiris’ just liberation struggle. He prayed for peace, progress and prosperity of Pakistan. Pakistan Foreign Minister, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, called Syed Ali Gilani on phone, yesterday, and discussed the current grime situation of occupied Kashmir.

Indian police arrested three youth from Sopore area of Baramulla district labeling them as over-ground workers of a mujahid organization.

On the other hand, the Pakistani wives of many former mujahideen, who returned to occupied Kashmir from Pakistan under the rehabilitation policy announced by former puppet Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah, in 2010, staged a protest at the Press Enclave in Srinagar, saying that the occupation authorities had done nothing to rehabilitate them. The protesting women were holding banners reading we are Pakistanis and send us back.

In Islamabad, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference Azad Jammu and Kashmir chapter staged a protest demonstration outside the Indian High Commission, today, to register protest against Narendra Modi’s visit to occupied Kashmir.


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