Several Hurriyet leaders detained in IOK

Srinagar, August 28, 2015 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the puppet authorities detained Hurriyet leaders including Muhammad Yasin Malik, Syed Ali Gilani and Shabbir Ahmed Shah to prevent them from conducting their political activities and performing their religious obligations. The authorities arrested Muhammad Yasin Malik from his residence and continued to place Syed Ali Gilani and Shabbir Ahmad Shah under house detention in Srinagar. Yasin Malik was scheduled to address a public gathering in Bandipora and Shabbir Ahmed Shah in Pulwama, today. The leaders were not even allowed to offer Juma prayers.

Indian police took into custody several liberation leaders including Bashir Ahmad Butt near Safapora when they were on their way to Bandipora town. Demonstrations were held in the town against the arrest of Yasin Malik. The police arrested more liberation leaders and activists after the protests. People staged forceful pro-liberation and pro-Pakistan demonstrations at Nowhatta in Srinagar, today. They raised pro-Pakistan, pro-freedom and anti-India slogans.

Banners in favour of liberation, Pakistan and Hizbul Mujahideen were displayed at vantage places in Srinagar. Indian police used force to disperse the demonstrators. The All Parties Hurriyet Conference leaders, Javaid Ahmed Mir, Ghulam Muhammad Zaki and Mushtaq Ahmed Sofi led a demonstration in Srinagar against the use of pellets and pepper gas on peaceful protesters by Indian forces’ personnel in Kaimoh and other areas of the occupied territory.

The APHC Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, in a statement in Srinagar expressed concern over increasing border tension between Pakistan and India. He urged both the countries to settle their issues including the Kashmir dispute through dialogue process. Hurriyet leaders including Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, Hakeem Abdur Rasheed, Syed Bashir Andrabi, Zafar Akbar Butt, Muhammad Yousuf Mir, Merajuddin Kalwal and Farida Bahenji as well as noted religious scholar, Qazi Yasir, in their addresses and statements denounced the use of force by Indian police in Kaimoh and other areas of the occupied territory.

Speakers at a function in Springfield, Virginia, said that the Kashmiris firmly believed that the only way to achieve a peaceful and lasting solution to the Kashmir dispute was through dialogue and negotiations. The speakers included Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai and Barrister Sultan Mehmood Chaudhry. In Slough, UK, the British Kashmiri Diaspora at a gathering strongly condemned the unprovoked firing of Indian troops on the Line of Control.

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