People staged forceful anti-India, pro-Pakistan demonstrations in occupied Kashmir
In occupied Kashmir, people staged forceful anti-India and pro-Pakistan demonstrations on Friday against brutalities and atrocities committed by Indian troops in the held territory.
According to Kashmir Media Service, call for the demonstrations was given by the joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik to protest against the killing of a 12th class student Aadil Farooq Magray by Indian troops in Shopian.
The protests were also aimed at denouncing the biased reporting by Indian TV channels on Kashmir and the raids of India's National Investigation Agency on the residences of pro-freedom leaders, activists and businessmen.
The occupation authorities had imposed curfew and other restrictions across the Kashmir Valley to stop people from holding demonstrations and conducting the march towards the residence of martyr Aadil Farooq in Shopian to express solidarity with the bereaved family. The authorities had closed down all educational institutions to prevent students' protests. Juma prayers were not allowed at Srinagar's historic Jamia Masjid. Train service between Baramulla and Bannihal town and Internet services across the Valley were suspended.
Despite curfew and heavy deployments of Indian troops and police personnel, people took to the streets in Srinagar, Badgam, Ganderbal, Islamabad, Shopian, Pulwama, Kulgam, Baramulla, Sopore, Bandipora, Kupwara and other areas. They raised high-pitched pro-freedom, pro-Pakistan and anti-India slogans. Indian police resorted to brute force on the protesters in many areas, injuring several people.