Srinagar, June 16, 2018 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, Eid-ul-Fitr, today, was marked by killing of two Kashmiri youth by Indian troops, forceful anti India and pro freedom demonstrations and use of brute force by Indian army personnel against peaceful protesters. One youth identified as Sheraz Ahmad Naikoo of 18 years age was killed after the troops opened indiscriminate fire on worshipers following Eid prayers at Ashajipora in Islamabad.
Another 15-year old boy Waqas Ahmad Rather was killed in indiscriminate firing of the troops at Nowpora in Pulwama district. Thousands of people including APHC leader Bilal Siddiqi participated in the funeral of martyrs.
Immediately after Eid prayers, today, people in large numbers took to the streets and shouted high-pitched slogans, Jeevei-Jeevei Pakistan, and We Want Freedom in Srinagar, Islamabad, Shopian, Pulwama, Trail, Sopore, Palhalan, Kupwara, Kishtwar and other parts of the occupied territory. Pakistani flags were hoisted in several areas of the valley. Dozens of protesters were critically injured after Indian police personnel used brute force, pellets and teargas shells to quell demonstrations.
The chairman of the Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq addressed a mammoth Eid congregation at Eidgah in Srinagar. Other Hurriyat leaders including Qazi Yasir Ahmad, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, Abdul Ahad Parra and Muhammad Ahsan Untoo also addressed big gatherings. The leaders sympathized with the families of Kashmiri martyrs and expressed solidarity with the detainees. They urged the international community and other world human rights organisations to build pressure on India to stop war crimes and rights abuses in Jammu and Kashmir.
The authorities had placed All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani under house arrest in Srinagar and did not even allow him to join Eid-ul-Fitr prayers at Eidgah in Srinagar. The Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwiaz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik condemning the killing of two youth said that Indian forces were continuously carrying out the genocide of Kashmiri youth. The leadership urged people to offer funeral in absentia for the martyred youth and register their protest against the brutal killings.
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