India urged to hold plebiscite in Kashmir

Srinagar, April 18 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, forceful anti-India demonstrations broke out in Srinagar and Badgam districts, today, against the drama, enacted by India in the name of parliamentary elections in the territory.

Hundreds of people raising pro-freedom, anti-India and anti-election slogans marched on the streets of several poll-bound areas of Srinagar, Badgam and Ganderbal districts. Several people were injured when Indian troops fired bullets, pellets and teargas shells on the protesters.

Meanwhile, complete shutdown was observed in poll-bound districts — Srinagar, Badgam and Ganderbal. Call for the strike was given by the Joint Resistance Leadership to record protests against so-called elections. All shops and business establishments were closed while traffic was off the road. The authorities snapped mobile internet service. Train service was suspended in the Kashmir valley.

The High Court Bar Association in a statement while denouncing the futile exercise being carried out by India in the name of elections urged New Delhi to withdraw its troops and hold a plebiscite in Jammu and Kashmir.

The APHC Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani, in a statement condemned the summoning of his son, Dr Nayeem Gilani, and the Chairman of Kashmir Economic Alliance, Muhammad Yasin Khan, by NIA in New Delhi for questioning. Syed Ali Gilani said such inhuman, undemocratic and unjustified acts of coercion cannot change the ground situation of occupied Kashmir.

The Democratic Freedom Party, in a statement condemned the issuance of summons to Sama Shabbir, the daughter of illegally detained party Chairman Shabbir Ahmed Shah by India’s Enforcement Directorate.

The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Freedom Movement, Muhammad Sharif Sartaj, in a statement in Jammu denounced the attack on the owner of a restaurant, Tauseef Ahmed, by BJP activists at Bhaderwah in Doda district of Jammu region. Activists of RSS marched on the streets of Bhadarwah last night along with Kalashnikovs and other weapons with an objective to harass the Muslims.

On the other hand, the Paris-based media watchdog, Reporters Without Borders in its 2019 report said that the reportage from journalists working for local media outlets in occupied Kashmir are often the targets of violence by Indian paramilitary forces acting with the tacit consent of the Indian government. The journalist body said that occupied Kashmir continued to be very difficult place for the journalists to perform their professional duties. It deplored that foreign reporters were barred from entering Kashmir where the internet service often remained disconnected.


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