In Indian administrated Kashmir (IaK), people staged massive anti-India demonstrations across the territory, today, against the detention of Kashmiri scholar, Professor Syed Abdur Rehman Gilani, and harassment of Kashmiri students in Delhi.
Call for the holding of demonstrations was given by the forum of 24 pro-freedom organisations the All Parties Hurriyet Conference led by Syed Ali Gilani.
Despite heavy deployment of Indian troops and police, people in large numbers took to the streets in Srinagar, Badgam, Ganderbal, Islamabad, Shopian, Pulwama, Tral, Sopore, Baramulla, Bandipora, Hajan and other areas and held forceful demonstrations.
Large demonstrations were held in Badgam that were led by Agha Syed Hassan Moosvi Al-Safvi and Nisar Hussain Rather. The protesters at other places were led by APHC leaders including Bilal Siddiqi, Ghulam Muhammad Khan Sopori, Firdous Ahmad Shah, Zamruda Habib, Yasmeen Raja, Muhammad Yousuf Mir, Bashir Qureshi, Muhammad Rafiq Ganai and Muhammad Yasin Attai. They raised high-pitched pro-Pakistan and pro-freedom slogans.
The forces’ personnel subjected the demonstrators to excessive teargas shelling at various places, causing injuries to many of them. The police arrested Zamruda Habib, Yasmeen Raja, Muhammad Yousuf Mir, Bashir Qureshi, Imtiyaz Hiader and Shakeel Ahmed Butt and dozens of other leaders and activists including women.
The authorities had already detained Hurriyet leaders including Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Muhammad Ramzan Khan, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Muhammad Ashraf Laya, Mukhtar Ahmed Waza, Zafar Akbar Butt and Shahid-ul-Islam in their houses or police stations to prevent them from leading the demonstrations.
Complete shutdown will be observed all across the occupied territory, tomorrow, against the detention of Professor SAR Gilani and witch-hunting of Kashmiri students in Delhi. Call for the shutdown has been given by the APHC.
The All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani in a statement which was issued in Srinagar strongly condemned the arrest and house detention of Hurriyet leaders. He said that such tactics could not suppress the Kashmiris’ resolve to carry forward their ongoing freedom movement.
The head of APHC, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, addressing a gathering at Jamia Masjid in Srinagar said that India had turned occupied Kashmir into a police state where all the basic freedoms of people had been snatched.