Shutdown in IOK on Wani’s anniversary

Monday – July 9, 2018
SRINAGAR (India): Kashmiris on both sides of the line of control (LoC) and all across the world observed the second martyrdom anniversary of prominent Kashmiri youth leader, Burhan Muzaffar Wani, on Sunday, with the reaffirmation of their pledge to continue the freedom struggle till the martyrs’ mission was duly accomplished.

According to Kashmir media service (KMS), complete shutdown, marked by curfew and other restrictions, was observed all across the Indian occupied Kashmir (IOK). Call for the strike and a march towards Tral, the hometown of martyr Wani, was given by the joint resistance leadership (JRL).

Thousands of Indian soldiers and police personnel had blocked all roads leading to Tral, the home town of Wani while curfew was clamped in the town. Train and internet services remained suspended.

However, Kashmiri youth defying curfew and restrictions came out of their houses in several areas and tried to march towards the residence of Wani in Tral.

Indian troops resorted to brute force to prevent the march. Clashes were reported between the protesters and the troops in Nowdal area of the town. The troops fired bullets and teargas on the protesters who pelted them with stones.

A prayer session was organised by Jammu and Kashmir Muslim conference (JKMC) for Wani and other martyrs of 2016 uprising at Handwara. JKMC chairman Shabbir Ahmed Dar presided over the meeting.

The authorities continued to place hurriyat leaders including Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Zafar Akbar Butt, Bilal Siddiqi and Muhammad Yousuf Naqash under house detention or in custody.

All parties hurriyet conference chairman Syed Ali Gilani in a statement said that Wani and his associates will be remembered for their exemplary contributions towards the movement.

Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Jammu and Kashmir (TeH-JK) chairman Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai condemned the Indian forces for killing three civilians including a teenage girl in Kulgam, on Saturday.

Funeral prayers in absentia were offered for the martyred civilians in Redwani.

Rich tributes were paid to Wani and other Kashmiri martyrs in various functions held in United Kingdom (UK), United States of America (USA), Canada and in many other countries around the world.

Jammu and Kashmir chapter of hurriyet leaders organised a rally in Pakistani federal capital to commemorate the second martyrdom anniversary of popular youth leader Wani. The participants raised high-pitched ‘pro-freedom’ and ‘anti-India’ slogans on the occasion. Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) prime minister (PM) Raja Farooq Haider Khan and hurriyat leaders spoke on the occasion.

Wani was killed along with his two associates by the Indian troops in a “fake encounter” in Kokernag area of IOK’s Islamabad district in 2016.