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Complete shutdown cripples life in IOK

Srinagar, September 14, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown was observed today on the first day of the two-day shutdown to protest against the killing of innocent people and other human rights violations by Indian troops in the territory.

Call for the shutdown had been given by the veteran Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani, to convey the message to India and the international community that the Kashmiris would continue their struggle till it reached its logical conclusion. All shops, business establishments and educational institutions remained closed while traffic was off the road.

The occupation authorities continued to impose curfew in Shopian and other restrictions in Kulgam, Pulwama and Khudwani areas to prevent people from holding demonstrations against the recent killing of civilians by Indian troops in Shopian. Despite restrictions, people staged anti-India demonstrations in Srinagar, Badgam, Kulgam and Shopian areas.

The APHC Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and other Hurriyet leaders including Syed Ali Gilani, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Nayeem Ahmad Khan and Zafar Akbar Butt remained under house arrest.

Syed Ali Gilani in a statement said that it was unfortunate that the international community was acting as a mute spectator while the people of Kashmir were shouldering the coffins of young boys.

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in his letters to the permanent member states of the UN Security Council, the members of the OIC and the European Union, drew their attention towards the recent civilian killings in Shopian, the curbs on Hurriyet leaders and the prevailing grim situation of the occupied territory.

APHC leaders, Muhammad Azam Inqilabi and Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, in their statements said that the life of people and chastity of women were totally unsafe in the presence of Indian forces in occupied Kashmir. A large number of people including APHC leader, Mukhtar Ahmed Waza, at a mourning reference in Baramulla paid glowing tributes to Hurriyet leader, Abdul Rashid Ghazi, who was recently found dead under mysterious circumstances.

People took to the streets in Talwara area of Reasi district against the gang rape of a minor girl by three Indian policemen.

In Geneva, the Chairman of Youth Forum for Kashmir, Sardar Asadullah Khan, in his address to the 24th session of the UN Human Rights Council and meetings with the representatives of different rights organizations apprised them about the gross human rights abuses perpetrated by Indian troops in occupied Kashmir.

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