In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown was observed, today, against the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s visit to the territory.
Call for the strike was given by the joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik. All shops and other business establishments remained closed while traffic was off the road in Srinagar and other district headquarters of the occupied territory.
Meanwhile, a multi-tier set-up in the name of security was put in place with massive deployment of Indian troops and police personnel in occupied Kashmir on the occasion of Narendra Modi’s visit. Surprise checking of vehicles was conducted by forces across the territory. Even women passengers were not spared, as they, too, were subjected to frisking and checking. In Valley, the joint group of police and paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force placed barricades to stop vehicular movement.
The resistance leaders in a joint statement issued in Srinagar said that Indian Prime Minister was visiting Kashmir at a time when situation was extremely gloomy and there was no let up in massacres and detentions being carried out by Indian police and army.
The Mirwaiz-led forum in a statement appealed to the UN Secretary General António Guterres to come forward proactively and make serious efforts for the resolution of the long-pending Kashmir dispute.
Lawyers and academicians speaking at a seminar in Srinagar said that the people of Kashmir would never compromise on their right to self-determination as acknowledged by the World Body. The seminar was organized by High Court Bar Association of the occupied territory.
On the other hand, police in their nocturnal raids on houses arrested many youth in Pulwama and Shopian districts. The Chairperson of Dukhtaran-e-Millat, Aasiya Andrabi in a statement while denouncing the arrests said that whenever the sham elections were conducted in Kashmir, India and its puppet regime stepped up their oppression on the people of the territory.
The member of the so-called Kashmir Assembly Engineer Abdur Rasheed staged an anti-Modi protest in Srinagar, today. Engineer Rasheed addressing the media persons on the occasion said that Kashmiris didn’t need any package but they wanted their right to self-determination as per the UN resolutions on Kashmir.—KMS