3 Kashmiri youth martyred
15 March, 2013
SRINAGAR: In occupied Kashmir, three Kashmiri youth were martyred and five Indian troops killed in two different incidents in Srinagar.
Among those killed, a 22-year old youth was martyred and his father was critically injured when Indian paramilitary forces without any provocation opened fire on them at Zonimar in Srinagar. The two were fired upon when they were coming out of a local mosque after offering Zuhr prayers. Five Indian troops were killed and seven others injured in a clash at Bemina in Srinagar. Two Kashmiri youth embraced martyrdom by the troops' firing in the gunbattle.
Anti-India protests followed the incident and several people were injured when Indian paramilitary forces resorted to brute force on the protesters.
Complete strike was observed all across the occupied territory to seek return of mortal remains of Mohammad Maqbool Butt and Muhammad Afzal Guru from Delhi's Tihar jail to Kashmir. All schools, colleges, universities, shops and business establishments remained closed while public transport was off the roads. Call for the strike was given by the Muttahida Majlis-e-Mushawrat.
The Majlis-e-Mushawarat, the APHC, Syed Ali Gilani, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi and JKLF in their separate statements denounced the Indian Home Minister, Sushilkumar Shinde's statement in which he ruled out the handover of the body of Muhammad Afzal Guru to his family. They said that the statement reflected New Delhi's arrogance towards the Kashmiris.
The Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party in a statement expressed concern over the deteriorating health of illegally-detained senior APHC leader, Shabbir Ahmad Shah.
In Geneva, Kashmiri representative, Altaf Hussain Wani addressing the 22nd session of United Nations Human Rights Council said that India was committing the worst kind of human rights violations in occupied Kashmir.
Acclaimed writer and historian, William Dalrymple speaking at the recently-concluded Emirates Literary Festival in Dubai termed the Kashmir dispute a gaping wound in the South Asian region. He said that the resolution of Kashmir remained the key to a peaceful South Asia.