Srinagar, July 18, 2015 (PPI-OT):In occupied Kashmir, Eid-ul-Fitr today was marked with vociferous anti-India, pro-liberation and pro-Pakistan demonstrations besides hoisting of thousands of Pakistani flags.
Despite heavy security cover, immediately after Eid prayers, people in large numbers took to the streets in Srinagar, Islamabad, Sopore, Lolab, Sogam, Bandipore, Pulwama, Kulgam, Budgam, Shopian, Kishtwar and other areas of the territory. The cities and towns resounded with the high pitched slogans, We want Freedom, Jeevey Jeevey Pakistan and Go India Go.
The demonstrators demanded immediate withdrawal of Indian troops from Jammu and Kashmir. They protested against the continued detention of the veteran Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani, the APHC chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and other liberation leaders. Hurriyet leader Yasmeen Raja and human rights activist, Muhammad Ahsan Untoo led anti-India demonstrations in Srinagar and Lolab.
Several people were critically injured after Indian police personnel fired teargas shells and resorted to baton charge on protestors at Eidgah, Safa Kadal, Kothibagh, Barzullah, Saraf Kadal, Rajouri Kadal, Sopore, Sogam and Islamabad areas. Indian paramilitary forces lobbed tear gas shells inside the Jamia Ahlihadith at Sherbagh in Islamabad town.
On the other hand, the authorities had placed Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Mohammad Yasin Malik, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, Mohammad Ashraf Sehraee, Nayeem Ahmed Khan and Zafar Akbar Butt under house arrest. The action was taken to prevent these leaders from addressing public gatherings and offering Eid prayers.
The leaders talking to the media in Srinagar denounced the curbs by the authorities on the movement of liberation leaders and called upon the international community to play an effective role in bringing an end to the gross human rights violations in occupied Kashmir.
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