India-held Kashmir shuts down in protest over recent killings

Normal life continues to be on a standstill on Tuesday due to a complete shutdown against the massacre carried out by the Indian troops in Shopian and Islamabad districts.

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The two-day call for the strike was given a day before by the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik.

Kashmiri American Council (KAC) has strongly condemned the contentious action of the Indian armed forces in Shopian and Islamabad areas of occupied Kashmir where 20 civilians were mercilessly killed and more than 200 injured.

The KAC President, Professor Imtiaz Khan in a statement issued in Washington demanded of India to stop its continuing massacres of innocent Kashmiris. “It (India) must be held accountable for its actions in Kashmir.

The democracies of the world cannot close their eyes to the plight of the people of Kashmir. With leadership comes responsibility and a moral obligation to help those who cannot defend themselves,” he said.

The puppet authorities did not allow the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani, to offer funeral prayers in absentia for the youth martyred by Indian troops on Sunday.

The UN Secretary General has said that the recent killing of civilians by Indian troops in occupied Kashmir needs to be investigated.

“Civilians have to be protected wherever they are, whether it is in Gaza, whether it is in Jammu and Kashmir, whether it is in Yemen; it is a basic principle,” the UN Chief’s spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric, said in reply to a reporter’s question during his daily briefing. “Any loss of civilians needs to be investigated wherever they occur,” he added.

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