Srinagar, February 13, 2019 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, shutdown was observed, today, against the Indian designs to change the demography of the territory by revoking Articles 35-A and 370 of the Indian Constitution. All for the strike was given by the Joint Resistance Leadership and supported by various political parties and organizations including Jamaat-e-Islami of the occupied territory, Kashmir Centre for Social and Development Studies and Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry. All shops and business establishments were closed while traffic was mostly off the road. Indian forces’ personnel were deployed in strength across the valley.
Meanwhile, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism martyred two more Kashmiri youth in Badgam district, today. The troops martyred the youth during a cordon and search operation in Chadoora area of the district. The martyrs were identified as Hilal Ahmad and Shoaib Ahmad.
Resistance leaders and organizations including, Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Shabbir Ahmad Dar, Abdul Samad Inqilabi, Muhammad Iqbal Mir, Muslim League and Ummat-e-Islami in their statements paid glowing tributes to, Hilal Ahmed Rathar and other martyrs. Syed Ali Gilani said that the stubborn attitude of India regarding the globally-accepted Kashmir dispute had brought death and destruction in the whole territory. Mirwaiz Umar Farooq demanded the release of a journalism student booked under draconian Public Safety Act.
As many as 28 students were wounded in a mysterious blast at a school in Kakapora area of Pulwama district. The blast took place inside a private school in Narbal area of Kakapora. The incident triggered clashes between civilian protesters and Indian forces in the area.
Hurriyat leader Mukhtar Ahmed Waza addressing mourners at the residence of a martyr in Qaimoh area of Kulgam district asked India to shun its aggressive approach on Kashmir. Indian police arrested Hurriyat leader, Zafar Akbar Butt during his visit to Nowgam area on the outskirts of Srinagar.
Hurriyat leaders and organizations including Syed Ali Gilani, Shabbir Ahmad Shah and High Court Bar Association continued to express condolences over the demise of the Grand Mufti of the territory, Mufti Bashir-ud-Din. Braving chilling cold, thousands of people in the mountainous Kargil town of Jammu and Kashmir continued with their shutdown protests for the fifth consecutive day, today, against the administration’s discriminating attitude towards the local population.
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