Complete shutdown being observed in Indian-held Kashmir

SRINAGAR: In Indian-held Kashmir, complete shutdown is being observed across the territory against the growing attacks on Kashmiri students in various states of India.


Call for the shutdown has been given by the All Parties Hurriyet Conference (APHC) Chairman Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik.

The strike is also aimed at protesting against the vandalization of martyrs’ graveyard at Karimabad in Pulwama by Indian troops and oppressive measures unleashed by Indian forces against the Kashmiris.

On the other hand, Indian police during its fresh crackdown put top Hurriyet leaders including Syed Ali Gilani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house arrest while Muhammad Yasin Malik has been detained at Kothi Bagh police station in Srinagar.

While Syed Ali Gilani continues to remain under house arrest at his Hyderpora residence, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was placed under house arrest late night, media reports said.

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a media interview said, “Imposition of curbs will not deter us from fighting for our rights and raise our voice against the genuine issues and policies of oppression against Kashmiris.”

The authorities have also placed Hurriyet leaders, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Javaid Ahmad Mir, Zafar Akbar Butt, Peer Saifullah, Muhammad Ashraf Laya, Altaf Shah, Raja Merajuddin and others under house detention.