Srinagar, February 12, 2014 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the veteran Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani has termed the three-day shutdown observed by the people across the territory in support of freedom from New Delhi’s occupation as a referendum and said that India cannot prolong its control over Kashmir through force. Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the complete strike was a message to the Indian rulers and the world community that Kashmiris were against the forced occupation of New Delhi and would continue their struggle till securing their right to self-determination.
He thanked the people of Kashmir for observing the strike in connection with the martyrdom anniversaries of Muhammad Maqbool Butt and Muhammad Afzal Guru and pressed the demand for transfer of their mortal remains.
“Despite strict restrictions and indiscriminate arrests of pro-movement leaders and activists, people observed the shutdown,” he said.
Gilani said that in 2008 the whole world saw peaceful gatherings of lakhs of people on the roads in Kashmir and there was no violence at that time.
“Violence always started from police side when they resort to lathi-charge and firings on peaceful demonstrations.
He said the puppet administration in the occupied territory has no authority to declare restrictions but the corridors of power in Delhi that decide restrictions, arrests and curfews in Kashmir as it is evident from Omar Abdullah’s tweet about unawareness on ban on internet facility.
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