Complete strike continued in IHK for 3rd day, today
Srinagar, February 22, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, complete strike was observed for the third consecutive day, today, to press the demand for handover of the body of Shaheed Muhammad Afzal Guru to his family.
Call for the shutdown was given by the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Muhammad Yasin Malik. The occupation authorities imposed curfew and other restrictions in the Kashmir Valley to prevent people from holding anti-India demonstrations. Hundreds of Indian troops and police personnel were deployed in Srinagar and other towns, forcing the people to remain indoors.
The authorities did not allow Juma prayers in almost all major mosques of the territory including the Central Jamia Masjid of Srinagar.
APHC spokesman in a statement condemned such repressive tactics unleashed by India against the Kashmiris.
On the other hand, the puppet authorities continued to place the All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and other Hurriyet leaders including Professor Abdul Ghani Butt, Maulana Abbas Ansari, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Masroor Abbas Ansari and Zafar Akbar Butt under house arrest while Shabbir Ahmed Shah, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Mukhtar Ahmed Waza, Farooq Ahmad Dar, Shoukat Ahmad Bakhshi, Ayaz Muhammad Akbar and Hakeem Abdur Rasheed were lodged in different police stations and jails.
The Indian authorities continued to confine the veteran Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani, to his residence in New Delhi.
Hurriyet leaders Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, Yasmeen Raja and Ghulam Ahmad Parray in their separate statements said that India had converted Kashmir into a police state.
The Jammu-Srinagar highway, the only road link between Kashmir and rest of the world, was closed ,today, for vehicular traffic due to heavy snowfall and landslides, leaving over 200 vehicles stranded.
The Chairman of International Council for Human Rights-Kashmir Project, Barrister Abdul Majeed Tramboo and Executive Director of Kashmir Centre London, Professor Nazir Ahmad Shawl in their statements denounced the Indian oppressive measures in the occupied territory.
In New Delhi, pro-India National Conference member of Indian Parliament, Ghulam Nabi Rattanpuri in a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that if the Kashmiris were given a chance to decide their fate, they would opt for freedom from India.
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