Srinagar, April 27, 2016 (PPI-OT):In occupied Kashmir, the puppet authorities imposed curfew and other restrictions in Srinagar, today, to prevent people from offering funeral prayers in absentia of renowned Kashmiri liberation leader, Amanullah Khan, who passed away in Rawalpindi, yesterday.
Police arrested the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Muhammad Yasin Malik, during a raid on his residence at Maisuma in Srinagar. The authorities placed the chairman of his own Hurriyet forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, under house arrest and detained Hurriyet leader Javaid Ahmed Mir in jail. Top Hurriyet leaders Syed Ali Gilani and Shabbir Ahmad Shah are already under illegal detention of Indian police.
However, activists of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front and Tehreek-e-Hurriyet defying curfew and other restrictions took out a protest rally from Basant Bagh to Lal Chowk. Around two dozen JKLF leaders and activists including Bashir Ahmad Butt, Noor Muhammad Kalwal, Showkat Bakshi and Shiekh Abdur Rasheed were arrested and lodged at Kothibagh police station.
The Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar, today, condemned the restrictions. He termed it as the worst example of state terrorism and intervention in religious affairs.
Meanwhile, hundreds of people from all walks of life participated in funeral in absentia of prominent Kashmiri liberation leader, Amanullah Khan in Srinagar, Kupwara and other areas of the territory. Hurriyet leaders, activists of Tehreek-e-Hurriyet and members of High Court Bar Association participated in the funeral prayers.
Dukhtaran-e-Millat and the High Court Bar Association of occupied Kashmir in their meetings in Srinagar described the move of Indian government to construct shelters for the non-locals in the name of homeless people as a conspiracy to change the demography of Jammu and Kashmir.
Hurriyet leaders while welcoming the meeting between foreign secretaries of Pakistan and India in New Delhi stressed the need of including the Kashmiris in the dialogue process for finding an amicable resolution of the Kashmir dispute.
On the other hand, funeral prayers of noted Kashmiri leader, Amanullah Khan was offered at Liaquat Bagh in Rawalpindi, today. Almost entire political leadership from Azad Kashmir including AJK President Sardar Muhammad Yaqoob Khan attended the funeral.
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