Srinagar, January 27, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown was observed in Kupwara, today, to mark the martyrdom anniversary of 27 innocent Kashmiris, who were killed by Indian troops on this day in 1994. Call for the shutdown was given by the veteran Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani. All shops and business establishments remained closed while traffic was off the road.
Senior leader of the All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, addressing a meeting of his party activists in Srinagar paid glowing tributes to the Kupwara martyrs. He said that the Kashmiri martyrs’ sacrifices, which had centre-staged the Kashmir dispute at the global level, would not be allowed to go waste.
Shabbir Shah said that the observance of India’ Republic Day as Black Day by the Kashmiris should serve as an eye-opener for New Delhi and it should take steps for settlement of the Kashmir dispute for ensuring permanent peace in South Asia.
Another APHC leader, Zafar Akbar Butt, addressing a gathering at Newa in Pulwama said that the mission of Kashmiri martyrs would be taken to its logical conclusion at all costs. The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Political Movement, Firdous Ahmed Shah, addressing a party meeting in Srinagar also eulogised the martyrs of Kupwara.
On the other hand, the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Muhammad Yasin Malik, talking to reporters in Lahore said that settlement of the Kashmir dispute was of enormous importance as it posed a continued threat to the peace, stability, progress and prosperity of South Asia as well as the whole world. Yasin Malik arrived in Lahore yesterday on a private visit to Pakistan.
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