Srinagar: The Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference(U), Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has emphasized that the Islamic as well as western world recognized Jammu and Kashmir as a disputed territory and the unresolved Kashmir dispute is not only a threat to South Asia but also for rest of the world.
The APHC Chairman addressing Juma congregation in the Jamia Masjid of Srinagar, urged the Indian government to accept ground realities on Kashmir and fulfil the pledges it had made to the people of Kashmir to decide their future through plebiscite.
The authorities arrested the veteran Kashmiri Hurriyet leader Syed Ali Gilani when he was leaving his residence to offer Friday prayers. He was locked at Hamhamma Police Station in Srinagar. The police placed senior APHC leader, Shabbir Ahmad Shah under house arrest to prevent him from leading protest demonstrations.
Senior APHC leader, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi addressing a public gathering in Badgam reiterated that the people of Kashmir would continue their ongoing peaceful struggle till it reached its logical conclusion.
Other Hurriyet leaders including Mukhtar Ahmad Waza and Zafar Akbar Butt addressing different gatherings demanded total withdrawal of Indian troops, repeal of draconian laws from the territory and immediate release of all illegally detained pro-freedom leaders and activists.
On the other hand, complete strike was observed in Kashmir, today, on the call of traders against anti-people policies of the puppet administration.
Shops, business establishments and educational institutions remained closed in Srinagar and other towns in the territory. Inter-district connectivity was badly affected in the Valley as most of the vehicles were off the roads.
Number of Kashmiri trader organizations had called for the strike against the gas crisis and hike in petroleum prices. Several local organizations, including the Kashmir Bar Association, civil society and transporters had supported the call.
Meanwhile, protests erupted in Islamabad town, this morning, after some unidentified men tried to set ablaze a revered shrine during the intervening night of Thursday and Friday.[On Line]