Shutdown in Pampore, adjacent areas on 2nd day

Srinagar, February 24, 2016 (PPI-OT):In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown was observed for the second consecutive day, today, in Pampore and adjacent areas to mourn the killing of three Mujahideen in a gunfight with Indian troops. All shops and business establishments remained closed while traffic was off the roads in Pampore, Frestnbal, Sempora and Pantha Chhoke areas.

The authorities continued to deploy Indian troops and police personnel in strength in these areas to prevent people from staging demonstrations against the killing. Several persons were injured during clashes between the protesters and Indian forces’ personnel during the past two days.

Hurriyet leaders, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Zamruda Habib, Yasmeen Raja, Syed Bashir Ahmed Andrabi, Zafar Akbar Butt and Firdous Ahmad Shah as well as Tehreek-e-Hurriyet Jammu and Kashmir, Democratic Freedom Party, Tehreek-e-Wahdat-e-Islami and Muslim Deeni Mahaz in their statements said that these protests should serve as an eye-opener for New Delhi that it could not suppress the liberation sentiment of the Kashmiris people.

The All Parties Hurriyet Conference (G) Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani and JKLF Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik, in their statements in Srinagar strongly denounced the killing of a civilian by Indian police in Sarore area of Samba district.

On the other hand, a book on Kunan-Poshpora tragic incident of mass rape was formally released during a function in Srinagar. The book titled “Do You Remember Kunan-Poshpora” has been jointly written by five women was released by the victims of the tragic incident in presence of the authors and members of civil society, media, students and other dignitaries. The book talks about reopening of the case, documents and the legal struggle faced by the survivors and the authors.

The students of Jammu University staged a demonstration in the campus against the arrest of the President of the Student Union at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, Kanhaiya Kumar, under sedition charges.

The leaders of the AJK chapter of APHC (G), Ghulam Muhammad Safi and Syed Abdullah Gilani, addressing a press conference in Islamabad said that Indian authorities were implicating the Kashmiri Professor Syed Abdur Rehman Gilani, in a false case only because he was a Kashmiri and a Muslim. They said that the authorities had no evidence of sedition against Professor Gilani.

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