JKLF to launch ‘Free Yasin Malik’ drive

Srinagar, July 11 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Joint Resistance Leadership has called for complete shutdown on the Kashmir Martyrs’ Day on Saturday to reiterate the urgent need for a peaceful and just settlement of the Kashmir dispute as per Kashmiris’ aspirations.

The JRL in a statement issued in Srinagar, today, also called for a march towards the Martyrs’ Graveyard at Naqashband Sahib in Srinagar to pay homage to the martyrs of 13th of July 1931. Mirwaiz Umar Farooq will lead the march after Zuhr prayers from Jamia Masjid Srinagar to the Martyrs’ Graveyard. The shutdown is also aimed to put an end to the Indian repression against the Kashmiri people and Hurriyat leaders.

On the 13th of July 1931, the troops of Dogra Maharaja had killed 22 Kashmiris, one after the other, in firing on people gathered outside Central Jail in Srinagar during the court proceedings against one Abdul Qadeer who had asked Kashmiri people to defy the Dogra rule. Thousands of people had gathered outside the court to show their solidarity with Abdul Qadeer. As the time for obligatory Zuhr prayers approached, one of the youth stood up and started reciting Azan. He was shot dead by the Dogra soldiers and next youth started the Azan where it was left by the martyred youth. He was also killed and in the process of completing the Azaan a total of 22 Kashmiris were martyred, one after the other. Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Jammu and Kashmir Chairman, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai and Mirwaiz led Hurriyat forum in their statements issued in Srinagar paid tributes to the July 1931 martyrs.

The Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front has decided to launch ‘Free Yasin Malik’ and ‘Lift Ban on JKLF’ campaign throughout the world. A statement issued by the party at the end of its Supreme Council meeting in Srinagar said the decision was taken at party’s Supreme Council meeting in Srinagar.

Meanwhile, people in occupied Kashmir erupted in jubilation soon after New Zealand defeated India in the semi-final of the ICC World Cup on Wednesday night. The moment India’s dream of winning the World Cup was shattered by New Zealand, residents of Srinagar could not hide their joy and took to the streets to celebrate India’s defeat. They raised pro-freedom, pro-Pakistan and anti-India slogans.

The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists in a statement urged the Indian authorities to stop harassing journalists and employees of the Srinagar-based English daily, Greater Kashmir. The CPJ said India’s National Investigation Agency questioned Fayaz Kaloo, the Chief Editor of the one of the leading newspapers in Kashmir, for nearly one week. Steven Butler, CPJ Asia programme coordinator said extensively questioning an editor about the content of published news stories goes way beyond any legitimate role for law enforcement and will only put a further chill on press freedom in Kashmir.


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