Forceful demonstrations held across Occupied Kashmir after 'Juma Prayers' against Indian Military siege
ISLAMABAD - In occupied Kashmir, people held forceful demonstrations in different areas, today, to show their resentment against Indian occupation and division of Kashmir into two union territories by India.
After Juma congregational prayers, people took to the streets in Srinagar, Badgam, Ganderbal, Islamabad, Pulwama, Kulgam, Shopian, Bandipora, Baramulla, Kupwara and other areas of the occupied territory and shouted high-pitched pro-freedom and anti-India slogans.
Indian troops and police personnel used brute forces against the protesters at many places, injuring several of them.
Meanwhile, inhuman Indian military lockdown entered 103rd running day, today in Kashmir Valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu and Ladakh regions.
The ban on internet, text messaging and prepaid mobile connections is still in force.
People in Kashmir Valley continue to observe civil disobedience against New Delhi’s anti-Kashmir moves by not attending educational institutions and offices as well as keeping their shops closed for most part of the day.
In a statement, Jammu and Kashmir Seerat Committee, Kishtwar strongly condemned the arrest of Chairman of the organisation, Maulana Abdul Qayoom by Indian troops.
Maulana Qayoom was arrested by the troops along with his associate, Naseer Ahmed Baghwan from Kishtwar town on last Saturday.
On the other hand, during a Congressional hearing on human rights organized by Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission
US lawmakers, once again, expressed concerns over continued restrictions, detentions and curbs on religious freedom in occupied Kashmir.
At the hearing, Indian-American Congresswoman and Democrat, Pramila Jayapal expressed deep concern over Indian government’s actions in Kashmir including detaining people without charge, severely limiting communications and blocking third parties from visiting.
She was joined by other Democrats, Sheila Jackson Lee, David Trone and David Cicilline as well as Arunima Bhargava, commissioner from the US Commission on International Religious Freedom who criticized New Delhi for its moves in occupied Kashmir in the aftermath of abrogation of special status of the territory.
Similar concerns were raised by a congressional hearing last month.