In Occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown is being held in the territory against the cold-blooded murder of a youth in Srinagar and ruthless beating of students by Indian troops in Pulwama district.

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 are closed while traffic is off the road.

The personnel of Border Security Force (BSF) killed a 19-year-old boy in Batamaloo area of Srinagar when they opened fire on a group of youth passing from the area. The martyred youth was identified as Sajad Hussain Sheikh of Chandoosa Baramulla who was residing in Batamaloo. The boy was rushed to hospital but doctors declared him brought dead.

The eyewitnesses said that it was a target killing “as we heard a gun shots and youth lying in pool of blood on road,” said one resident of the area. City Police Chief Imtiaz Ahmad Parray confirmed that there was no stone-pelting in the area. He said, “We also know even there was no stone pelting.”

Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yaseen Malik condemned the killing terming it as brutal, barbarous and an attempt to muzzle the voice of Kashmiris.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference Syed Ali Gilani has asked India to stop bragging about democracy and humanity as its Army has crossed all limits of humanity.

Addressing the Hurriyet activists in Srinagar, he said Indian army tied a youth Farooq Ahmed Shalbaf to the front of its vehicle as a human shield and paraded through dozens of villages of Badgam district.

Gilani said Delhi needs to start immediate withdrawal of its troops and allow the people of Kashmir to decide their fate by implementing United Nations resolutions.

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