Shutdown continues in IOK on second consecutive day


–Defying curfew, thousands attend the last rites of the martyrs

ISLAMABAD: A complete shutdown was observed for the second consecutive day on Sunday, to mourn the killings of 11 Kashmiris by Indian troops in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK).

The youth were martyred by Indian troops during a cordon and search operation and firing on protesters in Pulwama district on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Hurriyet leaders and organisations have condemned the continued bloodbath by Indian troops terming it as a genocide of Kashmiris by the Indian government and its stooges in the territory. They appealed to the international community to take cognisance of Indian brutalities against the people of the occupied territory.

Kashmir Council Europe Chairman Ali Raza Syed, in a statement in Brussels, denounced a new episode of the massacre of Kashmiris in Pulwama and said it is the worst kind of brutality.

On the call of JRL, a march will be conducted tomorrow towards Indian Army headquarters in Badami Bagh, Srinagar, to register protest against the killings.

Meanwhile, thousands of people, defying curfew and other restrictions, participated in the funerals of civilian youth in different villages of Pulwama district.

According to Kashmir Media Service, despite heavy deployment of Indian forces in the entire Pulwama district, thousands of people managed to reach and see the last glimpse of the Kashmiri martyrs.

Mourners, including women, elderly and children, from near and far-off areas, swarmed in native villages of the martyrs in the South Kashmir and participated in the last rites of the latest victims of Indian state terrorism. Eight of the martyrs were laid to rest amid tears and sobs in different villages of Pulwama district. Vociferous pro-freedom and anti-India slogans were raised on the occasion.