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Protest strike in Sopore continues for second day

Srinagar, December 20, 2012 (PPI-OT):  In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown was observed in Sopore for the second consecutive day, today, against the killing of seven Kashmiri youth including a 10th class student, Aatif Dar during Indian military operations in the town.

The situation remained tense in the town throughout the day and the personnel of Indian paramilitary and police had been deployed to prevent people from taking out anti-India processions against the killings. Incidents of clashes between protesters and the Indian armed forces personnel were also reported in the area.

Strike was observed in Pattan against the Indian state terrorism. The veteran Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani in a statement said that Indian troops had committed war crimes by indulging in the razing of houses and destruction of civilian properties in Sopore. He appealed to the international human rights organisations to take serious notice of the matter and prevail upon India to stop brutalities in the territory.

On the other hand, police arrested senior APHC leader, Shabbir Ahmad Shah and other Hurriyet leaders including Javed Ahmad Mir and Muhammad Yousuf Naqash to prevent them from going to Sopore to express solidarity with the victim families of the Indian military operation.

In Jammu, speakers at the cross-LoC Civil Society dialogue, organized by New Delhi-based Centre for Dialogue and Reconciliation called for addressing the Kashmir dispute in a time-bound manner. They called for the upholding of the sanctity of human rights, civil liberties and tolerance for political dissent and ensuring speedy justice for victims of human rights violations in the territory.

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