IIOJK in focus

IIOJK has witnessed many incidents of mass killings: APHC

Srinagar, June 10 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference has said that India witnessed a single Jalian Wala Bagh incident whereas the freedom movement of Kashmir carries in its lap scores of such incidents of bloodshed at the hands of Indian troops.

The APHC spokesman and other Hurriyat leaders and organizations paid rich tributes to the martyrs of Chotta Bazaar, Srinagar, on the eve of their martyrdom anniversary. It was on June 11, 1991, when the Indian paramilitary CRPF troops went berserk, and opened indiscriminate firing with their automatic weapons all the way from their camp at Syed Mansoor to Chotta Bazaar in downtown Srinagar killing 32 innocent civilians and critically injuring 22 others.

The APHC spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar said no power on earth can defeat the Kashmiris’ resistance movement, which has been nourished by the Kashmiris with their blood. He urged the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres to take cognizance of the genocide of the innocent people of Kashmir at the hands of Indian troops.

Hurriyat leaders, Shabbir Ahmed Dar and Yasmeen Raja and Jammu and Kashmir National Front in their statements paying homage to the victims of Chotta Bazaar massacre said that the sacrifices of Kashmiri martyrs would not be forgotten.

Meanwhile, a report released by Kashmir Media Service said the gory incident in Chotta Bazaar is one of the bloodiest massacres carried out by Indian troops in IIOJK. It maintained that this bloodcurdling incident still causes a deep stir inside the hearts of the scores of bereaved families whose kith and kin were massacred. The report added that, 30 years on but the memories of Chotta Bazaar massacre are still fresh in the Kashmiris’ minds and the victims are still awaiting justice.

The Chairman of Tehreek-e-Muzahamat, Bilal Siddiqui, in a statement in Srinagar paid homage to Tufail Mattoo and all the martyrs of 2010 mass uprising. 17-year-old Matoo was martyred after he was hit by a teargas shell fired at him by Indian police at Rajouri Kadal in Srinagar on June 11, 2010, when he was returning home from tuition. His killing had triggered massive anti-India protests in the territory.

APHC leader and Chairman Jammu and Kashmir Social Peace Forum, Advocate Devinder Singh Behl, addressing a gathering in Top Rajal Bari area of Nowshera in Jammu deplored that India was using its military might to suppress the Kashmiris’ just struggle for securing their right to self-determination.

Communist Party of India-Marxist leader Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami in a statement issued in Srinagar demanded restoration of pre August 05, 2019 status of IIOJK. He maintained that J&K Reorganisation Act-2019 through which IIOJK was downgraded and divided into two union territories was unconstitutional, arbitrary and against the interests of the people of the region.

Scores of people including women and children staged a protest at Shakti Nagar in Jammu against opening of wine shops in the residential areas.

The Jammu and Kashmir Anjuman Sharie Shian leader, Agha Muntazir Mahdi, telephonically addressing from Srinagar a webinar organized under the auspices of Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad, urged the civil societies of Pakistan and India to play their role in bringing the two countries closer. KMS

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