Complete strike continues in IHK for 2nd day
Srinagar, February 21, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, complete strike was observed for the second consecutive day, today, to push the demand for handover of the body of Shaheed Muhammad Afzal Guru to his family. Most of the shops, business establishments, banks and petrol pumps remained closed, while public transport remained off the roads. Attendance in government offices was thin due to the strike.
Hundreds of policemen were deployed in sensitive areas including Srinagar and other towns to thwart protests.
On the other hand, the authorities in occupied Kashmir detained the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq soon after he landed at Srinagar airport, today. He was placed under house arrest. Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was scheduled to chair a Hurriyet meeting in Srinagar. He was released yesterday from house arrest in New Delhi after 11 days.
Meanwhile, the APHC Chairman in a statement termed the arbitrary arrests of Hurriyet leaders, activists and youth protesting to seek the body of Shaheed Muhammad Afzal Guru as a violation of established democratic norms and humanitarian values.
The Jamaat-e-Islami of occupied Kashmir and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front-R in their statements denounced the crackdowns and arrests of, at least, 35 Kashmiri youth by Indian troops and police personnel in the territory.
The Chairperson of Dukhtaran-e-Millat, Aasiya Andrabi in a statement issued in Srinagar said that Indian political parties and pro-India parties in the occupied territory were equally responsible for the execution of Muhammad Afzal Guru and Muhammad Maqbool Butt.
Muhammad Afzal Guru’s widow, Tabassum in a media interview in Sopore, demanded return of her husband’s body for proper burial under Islamic rites.
The High Court Bar Association in the occupied territory at a meeting in Srinagar condemned the police raid on the innocent family members of Mujahid commander, Mushtaq Ahmad Zargar.
At least 50 Kashmiri students, studying in different universities and colleges of Dehradun in India have been forced by the fanatic Hindu groups including BJP and Shiv Sena to abandon their studies and return to Kashmir.
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