Thousands attend funeral of Kupwara martyr

Monday, 18 December 2017
SRINAGAR (Indian Occupied Kashmir): In Indian occupied Kashmir (IOK), thousands of people, on Sunday, participated in the funeral prayers of a civilian martyred in the firing of Indian troops in Kupwara district; Kashmir media service (KMS) reported.

The victim, Asif Iqbal, a driver by profession, was shot to death by the Indian troops while he was shifting a patient to hospital, on Saturday night.

His body was brought to his ancestral Thandipora village of the district amid high-pitched ‘anti-India’ and ‘pro-freedom’ slogans.

The mourners were intercepted by the Indian police at Batapora. The police fired teargas shells on the mourners, triggering clashes.

Many people including the member of the so-called IOK assembly, Engineer Abdur Rasheed, were arrested by the police.

Women while screaming and wailing also participated in the funeral procession. Asif Iqbal was laid to rest amid sobs and tears.

Meanwhile, complete shutdown was observed in Kralpora and adjoining areas of Kupwara district against the killing. All shops and business establishments were closed while traffic was off the road.

All parties hurriyat conference (APHC) chairman, Syed Ali Gilani, chairman of Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Jammu Kashmir liberation front (JKLF) chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik and other Hurriyat leaders including Bilal Siddiqui, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, Zafar Akbar Butt, Javaid Ahmad Mir, Muhammad Musaddiq Aadil, Farida Behnji, human rights defender Abdul Qadeer Dar and peoples freedom league (PFL) in their separate statements said that trigger-happy Indian troops were working under a well thought-out plan to kill innocent civilians in IOK.

Gilani in a statement slammed the puppet IOK administration for imposing restrictions in the occupied territory. He said that India was using military might to suppress the Kashmiris’ peaceful struggle.

On the other hand, the international federation of journalists (IFJ) in a report released in Brussels said that the Indian government was using advertisement as a tool to force media to toe official line in IOK.

The report titled “Kashmir’s Media in Peril: A Situation Report” said that two IOK journalists Mir Javed and Zuhaib Maqbool were blinded by pellet firing in 2016 while photojournalist Kamran Yousuf was detained without charge by India’s national investigation agency (NIA).

Meanwhile, in Pakistani federal capital, a function was organised by APHC-Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) chapter, Kashmir journalist forum (KJF) and members of civil society at national press club to pay tributes to the martyrs of army public school (APS) in Peshawar.

Speakers including Abdul Hameed Lone, Abid Abbasi and Bashir Usmani remembered the sacrifices of the students and teachers of the APS.