Srinagar, August 21, 2016 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, thousands of people raising pro-freedom and anti-India slogans participated in the rallies held across south Kashmir including Pulwama, Shopian and Islamabad districts, today.
These rallies were held in Parigam, Chitragam and Dailgam areas of the districts. People travelled on trucks, buses, cars and walked on foot to attend the rallies. The marchers also waved Pakistani flags on the occasion. Religious scholars from all schools-of-thought and Hurriyet leaders and activists including Ghulam Nabi Sumji, Mir Hafizullah, Mohammad Yousuf Fallahi and Mohammad Yousuf Mir addressed these rallies.
In a latest development, as many as 500 panchs, sarpanchs and activists of different pro-India political parties, have publicly resigned from their present positions in south Kashmir and announced to join the ongoing Intifada in Kashmir. The Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik in a joint statement had appealed to all pro-India politicians, activists, lawmakers, panchs and sarpanchs to resign and join people’s movement for freedom. The leaders also asked the United Nations and Organization of Islamic Cooperation to take concrete steps to save lives of innocent Kashmiris in the territory. APHC General Secretary Shabbir Ahmad Shah in a statement sought the role of UN and OIC to end grave human rights violations in Kashmir.
Meanwhile, Indian authorities continued to impose curfew and other restrictions in the territory for the 44th consecutive day, today. The authorities sealed all entry and exit points leading to Lal Chowk area of Srinagar. The troops even did not spare journalists and aimed guns at the staff members of Srinagar-based Greater Kashmir and Kashmir Uzma in Srinagar. The journalists were harassed, abused and given life threats. A prayer leader was ruthlessly beaten up by the troops in Kupwara.
On the other hand, Indian troops in their stepped-up state terrorism martyred three youth in Tangdhar area of Kupwara district, today. The army claimed that the youth were killed during an encounter in the area.
An anti-India rally led by the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Freedom League, Muhammad Farooq Rehmani, was held in Muzaffarabad, today. The participants of the rally urged the United Nations to force India to abandon its illegal occupation over Jammu and Kashmir.
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