Kashmir death toll hits 56; curfew enters 17th day378 views
In occupied Kashmir, the death toll in the ongoing Kashmir Intifada has risen to 56 as four more injured, including a woman, succumbed to their injuries.
The curfew other restrictions imposed by Indian authorities entered 17th day on Monday, crippling life in the disputed valley.
Over 5,000 people have been injured due to the use of brute force by Indian troops and police on peaceful protesters during the past 16 days in the territory.
The puppet authorities continued to put all Hurriyet leaders under detention.
“Hurriyet leaders have extended the shutdown call till Friday”
The Chairman All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, in a joint statement in Srinagar, reiterated the call for holding the programme in Anantnag Islamabad district, on Monday, to pay homage to the martyrs of Kashmir.
The leaders also extended the shutdown call till Friday (July 29). On the other hand, protests continued to be held across the globe, including some Indian states, against the killing of Kashmiri people by Indian forces.
The Kashmir Study Forum, Sri Lanka, along with Pakistani and Sri Lankan community organized a peaceful demonstration in front of the United Nation Office at Baudaloka Mawatha .
Similar protest demonstrations were held in France, Germany and Sweden. The participants urged the UN Secretary General to encourage, facilitate and support efforts leading to a peaceful resolution to the Kashmir dispute.
Only Kashmiris have the right to decide their future: Sartaj Aziz
Prime Minister’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said on Sunday that it was the prerogative of Kashmiris only to determine whether they wanted to accede to India or Pakistan.
One day after India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj lashed out at Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and said that ‘Kashmir could never become a part of Pakistan’, Sartaj Aziz urged India to hold a UN-supervised poll to allow Kashmir to vote for their future.
“The issue of Kashmir will only be resolved through referendum,” said Sartaj. “Whether Kashmiris vote in favour of Pakistan or India, the whole world will accept the results,” he added.
He also stated that the United Nations’ Security Council had promised Kashmiris the right to decide their own future. Sartaj Aziz said that Sushma Swaraj referred to freedom fighter Burhan Wani as a terrorist while his funeral was attended by more than two-hundred thousand people. He urged India not to neglect this fact.
“Despite the curfew imposed by India, people from fifty different places came to Burhan Wani’s funeral,” he said. “After Wani’s martyrdom, protests have been going on for the past fifteen days,” he said.
He said that Pakistan stood with the people of Kashmir for the solution of their issue in accordance with the resolutions of the United Nations.
“Pakistan will continue to support the people of Kashmir politically, morally and ethically,” he said.
Protest riots in India broke out after the killing of freedom fighter Burhan Wani. Fifty people were killed and almost three thousand were injured as protesters braved Indian shelling and curfews to take to the streets in defiance of the Indian security forces.