Srinagar, June 02, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their fresh acts of state terrorism, martyred four Kashmiri youth in Kupwara and Shopian districts.
The troops killed three youth in Nowgam area of Kupwara and another at Wandena in Shopian during siege and search operations. The troops also destroyed two residential houses at Wandena.
A senior official of Indian army claimed that the martyred youth were militants.
A large number of people attended funeral prayers of the martyred youth. Hundreds of people including women and children held demonstrations at Nowpora, the adjacent village of Wandena, and clashed with Indian police and the troops who were conducting the operation. They raised high-pitched anti-India and pro-liberation slogans. The police resorted to tear gas shelling and aerial firing to disperse the protesters.
Meanwhile, complete shutdown was observed in Littar, Nowpora and adjoining areas against the killing of two youth, Sajjad Ahmad Mir and Muhammad Ashraf Rathar, who were martyred by Indian troops in Wandena area of Shopian.
Senior APHC leader, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, addressing a meeting of the activists of his party, Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party, in Pattan paid glowing tributes to the martyred Sajjad Mir and Ashraf Rathar. He said that the Kashmiri martyrs’ sacrifices, which had centre-staged the Kashmir dispute at the international level, would not be allowed to go waste.
Another APHC leader, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, in a statement and the Chairman of Democratic Political Movement, Firdous Ahmad Shah, addressing a party meeting in Srinagar also paid homage to Sajjad and Ashraf.
Noted Indian journalist, political analyst and human rights activist, Praful Bidwai, delivering a lecture on Pak-India relations at a function in Srinagar said that there would be no reconciliation between Pakistan and India without settlement of the Kashmir dispute. He said that resolution of the dispute could be brought about through dialogue and demilitarization of Jammu and Kashmir was important to give boost to a productive dialogue.
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