Shutdown strike affects normal life in IHK
05 September, 2012
SRINAGAR: In occupied Kashmir, life in Srinagar and other parts of the Valley was affected due to the strike, today, in protest against the Indian design to change the demographic composition of the territory.
Markets, other business establishments and educational institutions in Srinagar and other towns of the Valley remained closed. Call for the strike was given by the veteran Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani and supported by other Hurriyet leaders.
Heavy contingents of Indian paramilitary forces and police were deployed in Srinagar and other parts of Kashmir to prevent people from holding anti-India rallies and protest demonstrations.
The Jammu and Kashmir Muslim League in a statement strongly condemned the continued illegal detention of its leaders, Dr Muhammad Qasim Fakhtoo and Masarrat Aalam Butt. Dr Fakhtoo has completed a period of twenty years in the jails of occupied Kashmir and India.
In New York, the Human Rights Watch in a statement called upon India to repeal the black law, Armed Forces Special Powers Act and accept other recommendations made by United Nations member states at the UN's Universal Periodic Review to address the New Delhi's most serious human rights problems.
Human Rights Watch South Asia Director, Meenakshi Ganguly also urged the Indian government to make a serious effort to carry out the recommendations instead of simply pointing to existing legislation or policies.
The wide-ranging recommendations call upon India to ratify multinational treaties against torture and enforced disappearances, repeal the much-abused Armed Forces Special Powers Act, impose a moratorium on the death penalty, introduce an anti-discrimination law, and protect the rights of women, children, Dalits, tribal groups, religious minorities, and other groups at risk.