Shutdown paralyses life in IOK

Saturday - February 10, 2018
SRINAGAR (India): In Indian occupied Kashmir (IOK), life remained paralysed, on Friday, due to the complete shutdown on the fifth hanging anniversary of IOK leader Muhammad Afzal Guru.

According to Kashmir media service (KMS), call for the shutdown was given by the joint resistance leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik.

All shops, business establishments and educational institutions remained closed while traffic was off the road.

India had executed Muhammad Afzal Guru in Tihar jail on this day in 2013 and another prominent IOK leader Muhammad Maqbool Butt in the same jail on February 11th in 1984. The bodies of the two martyrs remain buried in the premises of the jail.

The JRL had also called for peaceful protests after Friday prayers to press the demand for the return of the mortal remains of Muhammad Maqbool Butt and Muhammad Afzal Guru from Delhi’s Tihar jail to occupied Kashmir for a decent burial.

However, the puppet IOK authorities had imposed restrictions in Srinagar and some areas of north IOK including Sopore deploying Indian troops and police personnel in strength across the IOK valley.

Almost all hurriyat leaders were kept under house arrest or in detention. The historic Jamia mosque in Srinagar was sealed and Juma (Friday) prayers were not allowed at the historic mosque while train service was suspended. The actions were aimed at preventing the people from staging “anti-India demonstrations”.

Meanwhile, despite severe restrictions, hundreds of people including hurriyat leaders visited the ancestral house of Muhammad Afzal Guru at Doabgah in Sopore and participated in a condolence reference.

Addressing the function organised by the Jammu and Kashmir democratic freedom party, the speakers said that the Kashmiri martyrs were the real heroes of IOK. They appealed to the world human rights organisations to help the families of Muhammad Maqbool Butt and Muhammad Afzal Guru in securing the mortal remains.

Hurriyat leaders and organisations in their statements eulogised the sacrifices and contribution of Muhammad Maqbool Butt and Muhammad Afzal Guru in the ongoing freedom movement. They said that executions, killings, arrests, curfews, restrictions and other repressive measures could not stop the Kashmiri people from pursuing their just cause of freedom.

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a tweet message said that pro-India peoples democratic party (PDP) was helping bharatiya janata party (BJP) in implementing the agenda of extremist Hindu organisation rashtriya swayam sevak sangh in the territory.

The all parties hurriyat conference (APHC) in a statement denounced the imposition of restrictions and detention of resistance leaders by the IOK authorities.