Shutdown, restrictions mark Modi’s visit to IOK
Srinagar, July 04, 2014 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown was observed, today, on the occasion of Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s visit to the territory to convey a message to him that Kashmiris reject India’s illegal occupation of their homeland.
Call for the shutdown had been given by the entire Hurriyet leadership including Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Muhammad Yasin Malik and the High Court Bar Association.
The authorities imposed strict curfew and restrictions in Srinagar and other cities of the Valley deploying Indian troops and police personnel in strength to prevent people from holding anti-India demonstrations. Friday prayers could not be held at Srinagar’s historic Jamia Masjid and at other places due to the restrictions.
Hurriyet leaders including Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Syed Ali Gilani, Professor Abdul Ghani Butt, Maulana Abbas Ansari, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Zafar Akbar Butt, Javed Ahmed Mir, Syed Saleem Gilani, Shahid-ul-Islam, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Dr Ghulam Muhammad Ganai, Ayaz Akbar and Molvi Bashir Ahmad were placed under house arrest. The Indian police arrested Muhammad Yasin Malik, Mukhtar Ahmed Waza and Hilal Ahmed War and lodged in different police stations.
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Syed Ali Gilani, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, Mukhtar Ahmed Waza, Yasmeen Raja, Syed Bashir Andrabi, Farida Behenji, Muhammad Shafi Reshi and the Jammu and Kashmir Salvation Movement appreciated the Kashmiri people for observing the shutdown.
Despite restrictions, JKLF leaders and activists staged demonstrations in different areas of Srinagar in connection with the Quit Kashmir campaign. Addressing the demonstrators the JKLF leader, Noor Muhammad Kalwal, said that the shutdown should serve as an eye-opener for the Indian leadership and they should take steps towards settling the Kashmir dispute. The JKLF leaders also held a vigil in connection with the Quit Kashmir movement outside the Indian High Commission in London.
On the other hand, an Indian trooper committed suicide by shooting himself with his service rifle inside a camp in Shopian town. This incident raised the number of such deaths amongst Indian troops and police personnel to 321 since January 2007.
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