Several leaders, activists arrested during protests

Srinagar, February 11 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown was observed, today, to mark the 35th martyrdom anniversary of prominent Kashmiri liberation leader, Muhammad Maqbool Butt who was hanged in New Delhi’s Tihar jail on this day in 1984 and was buried in the jail premises.

Call for the strike was given by the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik also to press for the return of the mortal remains of Muhammad Maqbool Butt and Muhammad Afzal Guru to their families.

Resistance leaders and activists along with scores of women and children defying curfew and restrictions assembled at Maisuma and Lal Chowk areas of Srinagar and staged anti-India protests. Indian police arrested several Hurriyat leaders and activists including Bilal Siddiqi, Yasmeen Raja, Masooda Ji, Imtiyaz Ahmad Shah, Abdul Rasheed, Shaikh Abdul Rashid and Arshad Aziz. Police also arrested Hurriyat leader Mukhtar Ahmad Waza in Islamabad, today. Other Hurriyat leaders including Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik are already under house arrest or in police custody.

Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Jammu and Kashmir Chairman, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Ghulam Muhammad Khan Sopori, Zafar Akbar Butt, Firdous Ahmad Shah, Abdul Samad Inqilabi, Democratic Freedom Party and Ummat-e-Islami paid tributes to Muhammad Maqbool Butt and Muhammad Afzal Guru. Hurriyat leaders Shabbir Ahmad Dar and Imtiyaz Ahmad Reshi launched a signature campaign in Srinagar to demand the return of the mortal remains of the martyred leaders. APHC-AJK leaders at a meeting in Islamabad, today, also raised the similar demand.

Meanwhile, thousands of people shouting pro-freedom and pro-Pakistan slogans participated in the funeral prayers of five Kashmiri martyrs including a PhD scholar, Dr Waseem Ahmad Rathar, in Islamabad and Kulgam districts.

Tehreek-e-Wahdat Islami Patron, Syed Hussain, on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of Islamic Revolution of Iran urged Tehran to link all its bilateral relations with New Delhi with withdrawal of India’s brutal occupation of occupied Kashmir.

On the other hand, hundreds of Kashmiri Americans and friends of Kashmir during a protest demonstration outside the White House urged the United States to facilitate a peace process between Pakistan and India for settlement of the Kashmir dispute.


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