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Complete shutdown observed in IHK

11 December, 2012

Srinagar: In occupied Kashmir, the International Human Rights Day, today, was marked with complete shutdown, protests and anti-India demonstrations to draw the attention of the world community towards the appalling human rights situation in the territory.

Call for the shutdown had been given by the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik, and supported by Hurriyet leaders including Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Syed Ali Gilani and High Court Bar Association of the occupied territory.

The JKLF Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik along with hundreds of party activists, Hurriyet leaders, civil society members and intellectuals including Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Javed Ahmad Mir, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, Dr Sheikh Shoukat Hussain and Parveena Ahangar observed a one-day hunger strike at Budshah Chowk in Srinagar.

On the occasion, he asked India to annul life imprisonment awarded to Kashmiri youth in fake cases. He said that New Delhi and its authorities were using brutal tactics to stifle the Kashmiris' voice for freedom.

Police arrested the General Secretary of Jammu and Kashmir People's Freedom League, Haji Ghulam Ahmad Paray along with dozens of party activists when he was leading a march towards the UN Office in Srinagar to submit a memorandum about human rights violations in the territory.

Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism martyred two youth during indiscriminate firing at Nangi Tekri in Krishna Ghati area in Poonch.

A report released by the Research Section of Kashmir Media Service on the occasion of the World Human Rights Day, today, revealed Indian troops in their unabated acts of state terrorism had martyred 93,816 innocent Kashmiris, including 6,996 in custody since January 1989 till date.

The APHC-AJK chapter staged a protest demonstration in front of the UN Observers' office in Islamabad. The demonstration was led by its Convenor, Mehmood Ahmad Saghar. Speakers at a seminar organised by Jammu and Kashmir Muslim League in Islamabad expressed serious concern over human rights violations and award of imprisonment till death to Dr Muhammad Qasim Fakhtoo.

The function was presided over by Shaikh Tajamul-ul-Islam and addressed by Muhammad Farooq Rehmani, Arshad Andrabi, Ghulam Muhammad Safi, Ishtiaq Hameed, Khalid Ibrahim, Shah Ghulam Qadir, and telephonically by Aasiya Andrabi from Srinagar.

In New Delhi, speakers at a seminar demanded withdrawal of Indian troops and repeal of all draconian laws from occupied Kashmir, revocation of life sentences to the Kashmiri youth and release of all Hurriyet leaders and activists in the territory. Besides the APHC leaders Zafar Akbar Butt and Yasmeen Raja, the seminar was addressed by Indian civil society activists including Jia Sheeri, Seema Mustafa, P. Lombia, Saba Ji and Joshna Chatterji.

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