Shutdown in IOK against ban on JKLF

Srinagar, March 24, 2019 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown is being observed, today, against the banning of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front by the Indian government. Call for the strike has been given by the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik.

All shops and other business establishments are closed in Srinagar and other big and small cities of the valley while the traffic is off the road. The police and paramilitary forces have set up checkpoints at several places. In Srinagar downtown, police and paramilitary forces were deployed to foil possible protests. The Indian government banned the JKLF led by Muhammad Yasin Malik yesterday for its pro-freedom activities. Yasin Malik is presently lodged at Kot Bhalwal Jail in Jammu under draconian law, Public Safety Act.

“The order to ban Jamaat-e-Islami and JKLF is nothing but an act of political vengeance and an oppressive tactic to suppress the just movement of people of Jammu and Kashmir. The Indian government’s decision to ban the organisations peacefully striving for the resolution of Kashmir dispute, will not cow down the people.” the JRL statement said. It added that the Indian government wants to push people to wall for raising the demand to get their rights but it will not make pro-freedom leadership to crumble.

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