Protest rally held in Srinagar

Srinagar, January 29, 2018 (PPI-OT):In occupied Kashmir, a peaceful protest rally was taken out in Srinagar, today, to condemn fresh spree of killings and frequent cordon and search operations by Indian forces in South and North Kashmir.

The protest march was carried out from Aabiguzar to Lalchowk in Srinagar. Call for the march was given by the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhamamd Yasin Malik. The protesters staged a sit-in at Press Colony. Resistance leaders including Showkat Bakhshi, Mukhtar Ahmad Sofi, Noor Muhammad Kalwal, Omar Aadil Dar, Bashir Ahmad Boya, Farooq Ahmad Sodagar, Muhammad Rafiq Shah and Bashir Ahmad Butt participated in the protest.

The three leaders Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in their joint statement issued in Srinagar, today, said that India had turned Jammu and Kashmir into a slaughter house where people were subjected to brutalities without discrimination of age and gender. They said that the increasing incidents of killings were proof of genocide of the Kashmiris carried out under the supervision of India and its puppet regime in the territory.

Syed Ali Gilani in a statement said that Indian forces were involved in serious war crimes against the people of Kashmir. He strongly condemned the killing of two students Javaid Ahmad Butt and Suhail Javed Lone by Indian troops and injuries to many during in an indiscriminate firing on protesters in Shopian.

Meanwhile, rows of mourners continued to visit Ganowpora and Balpora areas of Shopian to express solidarity with the families of the martyred students. Draped in Pakistani flag, Javaid and Suhail were buried at their ancestral villages in the district. On the occasion, the graveyards were covered with Pakistani flags and photos of martyred mujahideen including Burhan Muzaffar Wani.

Clashes erupted in Pulwama district after youth came out of their houses and staged massive protests against the killings in neighbouring Shopian district. The troops used force and fired teargas shells on the protesters. Meanwhile, shutdown continued in Shopian to mourn the killings.

On the other hand, a delegation of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference visited the Hiranagar area of Kathua district to express solidarity with parents of an eight-year-old girl, Asifa who was raped and murdered by unknown persons, recently. The delegation comprised Yasmeen Raja, Zamrooda Habib, Mir Shahid Saleem, Haji Mohammad Azam, Syed Ghulam Nabi Shah, Devinder Singh and Vinay Kumar.

All Tribal Coordination Committee in a statement in Jammu said that local administration had disconnected water supply to local Muslim community in Hiranagar and other areas of Kathua district.

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