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Protesters block Srinagar-Jammu highway

Srinagar, June 20 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, members of Sikh community continued to hold protest demonstrations against the thrashing of a Kashmiri Sikh driver and disrespect to Sikh symbols by men in uniform in New Delhi.

The Sikh community members assembled at Press Enclave in Srinagar, today, and staged the protest demonstration against the brutal torture of a Sikh auto-diver and his son and disrespect to the driver’s turban by Delhi police. Amid growing incidents of discrimination against minorities, particularly Kashmiri Sikhs and Muslims in India, the protesters appealed to the international human rights bodies to intervene in the matter. Such protest demonstrations were held by Sikh and Muslim youth in Tral area of Pulwama district, yesterday.

A protest demonstration was also held on Jammu-Srinagar highway in Qazigund after an Indian army vehicle hit and injured a minor boy in Wuzur area of Islamabad district. The vehicle was part of an army convoy. The highway was blocked for the traffic movement for several hours.

Meanwhile, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference in a statement issued in Srinagar, today, strongly condemned the arrest of its chief spokesman, Ghulam Ahmad Gulzar after release on bail in Srinagar, today. He was lodged at Shergarhi police station of the city. The APHC while denouncing the highhandedness of the occupation authorities said that under a well-knit conspiracy Kashmiri people particularly youth were pushed to the wall through prolonging of their illegal detention. The APHC made it clear that cowardly actions by the authorities could not deter the Kashmiris from pursuing their sacred mission.

A delegation of Hurriyat forum, led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, visited Islamabad and participated in the special prayers session held to commemorate the 25th martyrdom anniversary of noted Islamic scholar, Qazi Nisar Ahmad.

Hurriyat leaders Abdul Samad Inqilabi, Zamaruda Habib and Democratic Freedom Party in their separate statements in Srinagar expressed deep grief and sorrow over the surge in killing of Kashmiri youth by Indian forces in different parts of the territory. The DFP said that Indian troops were on a mission of implementing New Delhi’s agenda by terrorizing the Kashmiri population.

Members of Kashmir Editors Guild at a meeting in Srinagar deplored that Kashmiri journalists had been working in a testing situation in the territory for the past three decades. The members discussed various issues confronting the media in Kashmir.

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