Shutdown in IOK against attacks on Kashmiris

2000 Muslims taking shelter in Jammu masjid
Srinagar, February 17 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown was observed in all districts of the Kashmir Valley and Banihal in Jammu region as a mark of protest against the attacks by Hindu mobs on the Kashmiris in Jammu and India.

Call for the strike was given by several trade bodies including the Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Forum and Kashmir Economic Alliance, and was supported by High Court Bar Association of the occupied territory. All shops and other business establishments were closed and public transport was off the roads. The authorities suspended mobile Internet services in the territory. Strict restrictions were imposed to prevent anti-India protests.

The situation remained tense in Jammu for the third consecutive day, today, as more than 2000 people were forced to take shelter in a masjid in Bathindi area, fearing attacks from Hindu mobs. Kashmiri students staying as tenants in Uttarakhand and Haryana states were asked to vacate the houses.

The Chairman of Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and High Court Bar Association in their separate statements expressed distress over unrelenting attacks on the Kashmiris in Jammu and inside India. The Bar association appealed to the international community including the United Nations, Amnesty International and Asia Watch to come to the rescue of the hapless people of Kashmir.

The forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq while reacting to Indian authorities’ statement about withdrawing the so-called security from the Hurriyat leaders in a statement said the move has neither bearing nor can it change the reality of the lingering Kashmir dispute. The Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party said that Shabbir Ahmad Shah was never provided with any security and the announcement was a big lie.

An Assistant Professor at a Guwahati College was suspended over her Facebook remarks in which she said that the Indian army was involved in atrocities on civilians in occupied Jammu and Kashmir. Professor Papri Banerjee, received threats of rape and lynching on the social media.

Former leader of opposition and President of Punjabi Ekta Party, Sukhpal Singh Khaira, in his Facebook remarks said that the Indian army personnel were involved in excesses like rape and fake encounters in occupied Kashmir.

The mother of Vice Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Saleem Haroon, died in Srinagar, today. A large number of people and resistance leaders and activists including Muhammad Yasin Malik participated in the funeral prayers of the deceased.

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