In occupied Kashmir, the Joint Resistance Leadership has called for complete shutdown on the Kashmir Martyrs’ Day on Saturday to reiterate the urgent need for a peaceful and just settlement of the Kashmir dispute as per Kashmiris’ aspirations.
The JRL in a statement issued in Srinagar, today, also called for a march towards the Martyrs’ Graveyard at Naqashband Sahib in Srinagar to pay homage to the martyrs of 13th of July 1931. Mirwaiz Umar Farooq will lead the march after Zuhr prayers from Jamia Masjid Srinagar to the Martyrs’ Graveyard. The shutdown is also aimed to put an end to the Indian repression against the Kashmiri people and Hurriyat leaders.
On the 13th of July 1931, the troops of Dogra Maharaja had killed 22 Kashmiris, one after the other, in firing on people gathered outside Central Jail in Srinagar during the court proceedings against one Abdul Qadeer who had asked Kashmiri people to defy the Dogra rule.
The Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front has decided to launch ‘Free Yasin Malik’ and ‘Lift Ban on JKLF’ campaign throughout the world. A statement issued by the party at the end of its Supreme Council meeting in Srinagar said the decision was taken at party’s Supreme Council meeting in Srinagar.
Meanwhile, people in occupied Kashmir erupted in jubilation soon after New Zealand defeated India in the semi-final of the ICC World Cup lastnight. The moment India’s dream of winning the World Cup was shattered by New Zealand, residents of Srinagar could not hide their joy and took to the streets to celebrate India’s defeat. They raised pro-freedom, pro-Pakistan and anti-India slogans.
The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists in a statement urged the Indian authorities to stop harassing journalists and employees of the Srinagar-based English daily, Greater Kashmir.