JRL protests civilian killings in IOK

Saturday – March 10, 2018
SRINAGAR (India): In Indian occupied Kashmir (IOK), forceful demonstrations were held in Srinagar, Budgam, Baramulla, Islamabad and other areas, on Friday, under the banner of joint resistance leadership (JRL) against the killing of innocent civilians by Indian troops in Shopian.

According to Kashmir media service (KMS), a large number of hurriyat leaders and activists participated in the demonstrations which were also aimed at pressing the demand for stern punishment to the culprits involved in the rape and murder of an 8-years-old girl Aasifa Bano at Heera Nagar in Kathua area of Jammu region.

The protesters led by hurriyat leaders including Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, Noor Muhammad Kalwal, Syed Bashir Andrabi, Yasmeen Raja, Showkat Ahmed Bakhshi, Mukhtar Ahmed Waza, Molvi Bashir Ahmed Irfani, Salim Zargar, Imtiyaz Ahmed Reshi, Khawaja Firdous Wani and Imtiaz Ahmed Shah, chanted high-pitched pro-freedom and ‘anti-India’ slogans.

Anjuman Islamia bhaderwah in Jammu region also held protests against the killings in Shopian.

Meanwhile, complete shutdown continued in Shopian district on the fifth consecutive day, on Friday, against the cold-blooded murder of civilians. The puppet IOK authorities imposed restrictions in the district to prevent people from staging demonstrations against the killings.

The authorities kept hurriyat leaders including Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik under house arrest or in custody to stop them from leading the protests. The authorities continued to snap the mobile internet services in the district while all educational institutions in the Kashmir valley remained closed.

All examinations scheduled to be held on Friday were postponed. Shutdown was also observed in Nowshera town of Rajouri district of Jammu region against the registering of cases against some locals for raising ‘pro-Pakistan’ slogans during demonstrations, on Thursday.