IOK people urged to continue protests against killings

Srinagar, July 15, 2016 (PPI-OT):In occupied Kashmir, the illegally detained Secretary General of All Parties Hurriyet Conference (APHC), Shabbir Ahmad Shah, has urged the Kashmiri people to continue protests against the innocent killings by Indian troops and police in the territory.

Shabbir Ahmad Shah in a statement issued in Srinagar said, at a time when our children are murdered, their eyesight snatched, the honour and dignity of our people put at stake, need of the hour is to continue the protests against the oppression. “If we succumb this time, Indian forces will turn the territory into a graveyard,” he said.

The APHC leader said that the United Nations should reformulate its policy regarding the Kashmir dispute and direct the UNMOGIP to take notice of the crimes being committed by Indian forces against the people of Kashmir. He appealed to the International Red Cross, and UNICEF to take stock of the situation in Kashmir and play role in this regard.

Shabbir Shah also appealed to the Pakistani leadership to further enhance its efforts to highlight the plight of the oppressed Kashmiris. People of Pakistan should register mass protests in solidarity with their Kashmiri brethren, he added.

The Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Political Movement (DPM), a constituent of the All Parties Hurriyet Conference (APHC), held a protest rally at Baba Damp area in Srinagar against the killings of Kashmiri people by the Indian forces.

On the occasion, on the directive of party Chairman, Mohammad Shafi Reshi, a funeral prayer in absentia for the martyrs was also offered in which a large number of people including Secretary of party Chairman, Foroz Sarfaraz and party spokesman, Yar Mohammad Khan participated.

Meanwhile, the APHC leaders including Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, Bilal Siddiqui and Hakeem Abdul Rashid in a joints statement also appealed to the Kashmiri people to continue protests against Indian brutalities. “People should not let the protest against the oppression go down but continue it to take the mission of martyrs to its logical end,” they said.

Meanwhile, wearing masks and faces covered, a group of youth has asked the people to remain steadfast in the ongoing movement. Addressing a press conference at an undisclosed location, the youth said that they had lost many brothers during this freedom movement and they would continue their struggle till they got freedom from Indian yoke.

“We want to send a message to the Government of India, who are on a killing spree in Kashmir, that Jammu and Kashmir is not a part of India. It never was and it never will be. Now the forces of India are killing our brothers, who lead the freedom struggle. We will never stop this movement until freedom will come to Kashmir,” they said.

Terming Hurriyet leadership as an important part of freedom struggle, the group said that they were their leaders. “They know better, how to put forward freedom struggle movement. We respect them,” they added.

The group said that the use of pellet guns by the Indian forces was a crime against humanity. They said that in other parts of the world forces use water cannons to disperse the protesters but here in Kashmir they use pellets and even bullets not to disperse the crowd but to kill the people.

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