Protest calendar for upcoming week

Srinagar, October 17 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, thousands of people took to the streets in Islamabad and Kulgam areas to mourn the killing of three youth by Indian forces amid continued military siege and communications lockdown on the 74th consecutive day, today, in the territory.

The troops martyred the youth, Zahid Ahmad, Nasir Chadro and Aaqib Ahmad Sheikh, in a fake encounter in Pazalpora area of Islamabad district on Wednesday. People including women and children thronged Bijbehara, Arwani and Redwani, the hometowns of the martyrs, to have their last glimpse. Shouting pro-freedom slogans and waving Pakistani flags, the mourners carried the bodies to the local graveyards for burial.

Meanwhile, on the 74th successive day of military siege and communications blockade in Kashmir Valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu region, main business activities continued to remain suspended and public transport was off the road. Rail service is also suspended and attendance of employees in offices is thin while students continue to abstain from classes at all educational institutions. Thousands of Kashmiris including children as young as nine years old are languishing in jails since India scrapped Kashmir’s special status on 5th August.

The Resistance Youth League has issued a protest calendar for upcoming week, urging people to follow the programme in letter and spirit. The calendar circulated through posters in nook and corner of the territory appealed to the people to hold protest marches towards UN Office in Srinagar on Friday, Jamia Masjid on Saturday, Lal Chowk on Sunday, Eidgah on Monday and Makhdoom Sahib on Thursday. The calendar asked the people to observe civil curfew in their respective areas on Tuesday and Wednesday.

In London, the speakers at a Kashmir conference called upon the international community to take notice of massive human rights violations in occupied Kashmir. The event was organised by Jammu and Kashmir Self-Determination Movement International at House of Commons. Those who addressed the function included Pakistani High Commissioner, Mohammad Nafees Zakari and members of the British Parliament. MP Lord Qurban Hussain addressing the House of Lords in London said, the Indian army is reported to have been involved in illegal detentions, torture, rape, killings, fake encounters and enforced disappearances.

Members of all political parties at a debate in Bradford City Hall condemned the human rights violations taking place in occupied Kashmir. Several councillors with Kashmiri heritage gave emotional speeches detailing the plight of Kashmiri people and called upon the UK government to do more to tackle the Kashmir dispute.

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