Complete shutdown in IOK tomorrow
Srinagar, October 18, 2015 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyet leaders and trade organizations have called for complete shutdown across the territory, tomorrow, against the killing of a Kashmiri trucker by fanatic Hindus in Udhampur district of Jammu region. Call for the strike has been given by Syed Ali Gilani, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, trade bodies including Kashmir Economic Alliance and Kashmiri Pandits’ organization Sangrash Simiti. Truck driver Zahid Rasool Butt, who was injured in an attack by fanatic Hindus in Udhampur on 9th October succumbed to his injuries at a hospital in New Delhi, today.
The leaders said that the authorities had failed to rein in communal forces who were hell bent upon fomenting communal hatred in the territory. Meanwhile, thousands of people took to streets soon after the news about the death of Zahid Rasool Butt reached his native village Batengo, Khanabal area of Islamabad district. Clashes broke out between police and the protesters. Police used teargas shells against the protesters, on the occasion.
Members of Sikh community held protest demonstrations in Baramulla, today against the desecration of the holy scripture of Sikh religion, Guru Granth Sahib in Indian state of Punjab on Monday. The protesters shouted slogans like “Kashmir Banega Pakistan, Punjab Banega Khalistan,” during the protest. Hurriyet leaders and religious scholars through a resolution passed at a public gathering organized by Karwan-e-Islami at Shaheed Gunj in Srinagar demanded complete ban on sale and consumption of liquor and narcotics in the territory.
On the other hand, renowned physician, Dr. Naveed Nazir Shah, who heads Department of Chest Medicine at Chest Diseases Hospital in Srinagar in a media interview complained about increasing number of asthma and chest patients due to excessive use of pepper gas by Indian police on protesters in the territory. He said that children and elderly people were the worst victims of the lethal weapon.
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