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Shutdown observed in Pulwama, Badgam

Srinagar: In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown was observed in Pulwama and Badgam districts, today, to commemorate the second martyrdom anniversary of a mujahid and protest against atrocities of the Indian army and police.

The mujahid, Omais Ahmad Shiekh was martyred by Indian troops on this day in Ajas area of Bandipora district in 2015. All shops and other business establishments were closed while traffic was off the roads in the district. The troops ruthlessly beat a class 12th student, Rasiq Altaf, at Khrew in Pulwama district, last night, when he was shifting his ailing mother to a hospital for treatment. The residents of Pampore and Khag blocked roads to protest against the Indian atrocities in the areas.

Indian forces launched a cordon and search operation in Wathoo area of Shopian district, today. The troops laid a siege to the village, smashed windowpanes of residential houses and damaged private vehicles without any provocation.

Meanwhile, media reports quoting the wife of jailed Hurriyat leader, Farooq Ahmad Dar, revealed that Indian authorities approached her in a bid to prevail upon her husband to leave the path to freedom in exchange for his release, but she rejected the offer altogether. Farooq Dar’s wife, Assabah Khan, told media that the offer was made by India’s National Investigation Agency through a police officer. However, she said that she was ready to receive the dead body of her husband, but would not strike any deal with the NIA. Farooq Ahmad Dar is lodged in Tihar jail in a fake case, registered against him by the NIA in 2016.

The Kashmir Bar Association and Hurriyat leader Muhammad Farooq Rehmani in their separate statements expressed satisfaction over the joint declaration issued at the end of First Six-Nation Speakers Conference, in Islamabad, which stressed the need for settlement of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the UN Security Council Resolutions. They also appreciated the stand taken by the speakers and representatives from Russia, China, Iran, Turkey, Afghanistan and Pakistan on the Palestine issue.

The Jammu and Kashmir Self Determination Movement International will organize programmes on Kashmir in more than 10 European cities in next month. This was decided at a meeting, which was organized by Jammu and Kashmir Self Determination Movement International in Bradford to commemorate the birth anniversary of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Christmas. The event was chaired by JKSDMI Patron, Sardar Abdur Rehman Khan and moderated by its Chairman Raja Nijabat Hussain.

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