Showkat Ahmed Khan along with another youth was martyred by Indian troops during a cordon and search operation in Tral town, yesterday.
Multiple rounds of funeral prayers were held to accommodate the huge rush of mourners who had thronged the martyr’s native Handoora village in Tral. Some mujahideen suddenly appeared during the funeral and offered a gun salute to the martyr. The killing led to complete shutdown in Tral and adjoining areas.
On the other hand, the Joint Resistance Leadership in a statement issued after a meeting in Srinagar urged the international community to take serious note of the crimes perpetrated by the Indian forces including blowing up of houses with explosive material, thrashing and beating of people and damaging of properties during cordon and search operations.
The leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik deplored that whosoever tries to raise voice against the brutality of Indian forces is silenced either by ruthless torture or through other means of repression.
The All Parties Hurriyat Conference at a meeting of its Executive Council in Srinagar said that India was using its military might to crush the Kashmiris’ genuine struggle for securing their right to self-determination.
Kashmir Press Club in a statement denounced attacks on journalists by Indian forces’ personnel in the occupied territory, saying these attacks were clearly aimed at stopping the journalists from covering the use of brute force on protesters by Indian troops.