Life cripples amid shutdown in IIOJK

Wednesday – February 10, 2021
SRINAGAR (India): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), normal life was crippled due to complete shutdown in Srinagar and other districts of the occupied valley on the eighth martyrdom anniversary of Kashmiri leader, Muhammad Afzal Guru, on Tuesday.

According to Kashmir Media Service (KMS), call for the strike was given by the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) and supported by other pro-freedom leaders and organisations.

Posters of APHC were pasted in many areas, praising the sacrifice of martyrs Afzal Guru and Maqbool Butt.

All shops and business establishments were closed while traffic was largely off the road.

Indian forces’ personnel were patrolling the deserted streets, which were only dotted by stray dogs.

Police arrested several persons including a woman during house raids.

Hurriyat leader Javed Ahmad Mir was put under house arrest.

It was on this day in 2013 that Muhammad Afzal Guru was hanged in New Delhi’s Tihar jail for his role in the liberation movement.

Human rights’ defender Muhammad Ahsan Untoo along with other activists tied a noose around neck at press club in Srinagar, Tuesday, to register their protest against unjust hangings of the Kashmiri leaders, Muhammad Afzal Guru and Muhammad Maqbool Butt. However, police personnel present immediately snatched the rope from them.

APHC working vice chairman Ghulam Ahmad Gulzar in a statement issued in Srinagar, Tuesday, thanked the people of Kashmir for observing the exemplary shutdown.

He said that on this day in 2013, Shaheed Guru defeated Indian hegemony by accepting the gallows instead of surrendering to the occupier India.

India continues to draw ire, both at home and abroad, for registering a case under draconian laws against a father of one of the three Srinagar fake encounter victims for demanding the body of his martyred son.

Hurriyat leaders Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi, Ghulam Muhammad Khan Sopori, Shabbir Ahmed Dar, Abdul Ahad Parra, Khawaja Firdous, Farida Bahenji, Democratic Freedom Party (DFP), National Front (NF), Kashmir Tehreek-e-Khawateen (KTK) and Islami Tanzeem-e-Azadi (ITA) in their separate statements urged the international community and the United Nations (UN) to play a role in resolving the Kashmir dispute in accordance with UN-resolutions.

The office-bearers of the national press club of the United States (US) have urged India to release from prison Kashmiri journalist Aasif Sultan, who has been unjustly detained for two and a half years.