Srinagar, March 13, 2017 (PPI-OT):In occupied Kashmir, Indian police arrested Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik and placed chief of Hurriyet forum Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house arrest to prevent them from leading a sit-in protest, scheduled to be held in Srinagar, today.
Call for the sit-in protest was given by the joint resistance leadership to highlight the plight of Kashmiri political prisoners, languishing in different jails. Muhammad Yasin Malik has been shifted to Central Jail, Srinagar. Police also arrested APHC leaders Hilal Ahmad War and Omar Aadil during raids on their residences. The authorities placed Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house arrest at his Nigeen residence, while the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Syed Ali Gilani, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai and Muhammad Ashraf Laya continued to remain under house arrest.
Despite restrictions and arrests, leaders and activists from various pro-freedom organizations managed to take out an anti-India rally at Gaw Kadal in Srinagar, today. The protestors raised anti-India and pro-freedom slogans and carried banners demanding release of political prisoners. The protesters were led by Ghulam Nabi Zaki, Noor Muhammad Kalwal and others. Later, police arrested many activists and lodged them in different police stations.
Hurriyet leaders including Ghulam Nabi Sumji, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Farida Behanji, Zafar Akbar Butt, Ghulam Ahmad Gulzar, Firdous Ahmad Shah and Muhammad Shafi Lone in their statements condemned the Indian attitude towards the Kashmiri. The leaders termed the prolonging of their detention on one pretext or another and provision of poor food and medical facilities as the worst form of human rights violation.
A documentary on Kashmir was presented during a panel debate with German Professor Max Kramer on ‘70 years of resistance against Indian occupation of Kashmir’ in Berlin, Germany. The event was arranged by Theater X. The Chairman of Kashmir Council Europe, Ali Raza Syed was among the speakers on the occasion.
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