Complete shutdown observed in IOK following arrest of 200 Kashmiris


In Indian Occupied Kashmir, a complete shutdown was observed on Sunday in protest against mass arrests and violent repression by Indian forces, as well as New Delhi’s attempts to rescind special rights of Kashmiris by repealing Article 35-A of the Indian Constitution.

According to Kashmir Media Service, “The strike call was issued by Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik.”

It was further reported that all shops and business establishments remained shut in Srinagar and other districts of the valley, while traffic flow was minimal.

Moreover, Indian authorities have deployed 100 additional companies of paramilitary forces and imposed curfew-like restrictions in the area.

Restrictions have been particularly imposed in Rainawari, Nowhatta, Khanyar, Maharaj Gunj and Safa Kadal areas of Srinagar.

Heavy contingents of Indian police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) have been deployed in almost all cities of occupied Kashmir.

Indian police on Saturday took Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Chairman Yasin Malik into custody after they raided his Maisuma residence in Srinagar and lodged him at Kothibagh police station, the Kashmir Media Service(KMS) reported.

Yasin Malik’s wife Mishaal Mullick, while commenting on the detention of her husband, said that India had crossed the limits of barbarism in the occupied territory.

In a video message, Mullick said that “the world will have to understand that the [UN] resolutions on Kashmir dispute are essential for regional stability, which is linked to Kashmir issue”.

“India was threatening Pakistan despite its illegal occupation of Jammu and Kashmir and barbaric genocide of helpless Kashmiris by its troops,” she added.

The occupying force also booked an illegally detained youth, Muzamil Ganai, under the draconian Public Safety Act.

Meanwhile, the targeted attacks on Kashmiris in India also continued as three more Kashmiri youth were attacked by Hindu fanatics in New Delhi, while a journalist was beaten up in Pune.