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Arrest of a girl in IHK widely denounced

Srinagar, December 23, 2012 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, pro-liberation leaders and organisations have strongly denounced a young girl, Zahida Akhtar, by Indian police in Islamabad district for taking part in 2010 mass uprising.

The veteran Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani in a in a statement issued in Srinagar termed the action as the madness of police and warned the occupation authorities of dire consequences. “While police is still harassing youth for participating in protests in 2010, it has arrested a girl for throwing stones. It is police’s madness, and it (arrest) will have serious consequences if the girl is not released forthwith,” he said.

He pointed out that the civilised world recognized stone-pelting as a symbol of resistance. “The entire civilized world recognizes stone-pelting as a symbol of resistance. Nowhere except Kashmir are cases registered against the stone throwers,” he said. APHC leaders including Shabbir Ahmed Shah, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Zafar Akbar Butt and Yasmeen Raja in their separate statements said that detention of the girl had exposed the real face of Indian democracy.

The Dukhtaran-e-Millat Chairperson, Aasiya Andrabi, while expressing concern over the arrest, in her statement urged the people and leadership to take serious notice of the police action and stage protests against it. “I visited the residence of Zahida where I was informed that the police had registered a case of attempt to murder against her. In 2010, she was hit by a bullet in her leg during protests. Her brother has also undergone detention,” she added.

The Jammu Kashmir Mass Movement Chief, Farida Behani and the Jammu and Kashmir Muslim League General Secretary, Abdul Ahad Parra, denouncing the arrest of girl termed it the frustration of the puppet administration. A spokesman of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) in a statement said that the action was the worst example of Indian state terrorism.

It is to mention here that Zahida had received a bullet in the right leg when she was part of the funeral of a youth, Maroof Ahmad Nath, who had jumped into a river and died after the Indian police had chased him in September 2010.

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