Complete shutdown observed across Kashmir Valley

SRINAGAR, APR 23 : Complete shutdown observed in Kashmir Valley called by Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) against the “ill-treatment” meted out to the ailing incarcerated JKLF chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik at New Delhi.

The shutdown was called by JRL against what they termed as NIA’s aggression and deteriorating health condition of JRL leader Muhammad Yasin Malik, who is also chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF).

Malik was undergoing treatment at a hospital in Delhi after his health condition got deteriorated following his hunger strike over the ‘ill-treatment meted out to inmates in Tihar jail’.

JRl had also called for a shutdown against suspension of cross-LoC trade and highway ban on civilian traffic.

All the shops and other commercial establishments remained closed while as the vehicular movement was also thin on the roads.

Besides, witnesses said that police and paramilitary troopers were deployed in strength in Srinagar areas to thwart any possible protests today.

LS Polls 13.61% recorded in Islamabad

Srinagar, Apr 23 : LS Polls: PDP supporters thrash NC polling agent in Bijbehara

Shutdown affects normal life in valley

PDP supporters beat up National Conference polling agent at Bijbehara polling station. The NC agent alleges that he was checking for bogus voter while as the PDP workers say he was misbehaving with women voters.


The PDP supporters alleged that bogus voting was taking place at the polling booth.

Voting turnout in Islamabad has been low on Tuesday in the third phase of Lok Sabha election. While voting gradually increased in the rural and hilly areas, it remained very low in urban centres.

LS Polls: Mehbooba’s hometown Bijbehara records lowest voter turnout

Poll Percentage Breakup:Islamabad – 3.47%, Dooru – 17.28%, Kokernag – 19.36%, Shangus – 15.09%, Bijbehara – 2.04%, Pahalgam – 20.37%

If any untoward happens to Yasin Malik, New Delhi rulers shall have to face the consequences: Geelani

Srinagar, April 23 : All Parties Hurriyat Conference chairman, Syed Ali Geelani expressed his serious concernover the deteriorating health condition of incarcerated leader Mohammad Yasin Malik and warned if any untoward happens to him, New Delhi rulers shall have to face the consequences. He also condemned the continued grilling of his elder son Dr. Nayeem Geelani by NIA at New Delhi.

He said that people all over the world are fighting for their political rights but the state of Jammu & Kashmir is the only exception where the political voices are being crushed with judicial onslaught, registering sedition cases against them through their so-called and biased investigating agencies which are not spearing even family members of the resistance leaders.

Pro-freedom leader said that that even the brutalities have its own limits, beasts too get exhausted but Indian atrocities, their unjust behaviour and the iron fist seems to have no end. By crushing the legitimate movement through its military might, Indian authorities has tried its best to muzzle our voice—but has utterly failed to do so, and no power on earth particularly the Indian might, its brutality can never deter us from our much cherished goal of right to self-determination, he said.

Seriously concerned about the plight of prisoners in and outside jails, All Parties Hurriyat Conference chairman, Syed Ali Geelani said that government of India has waged war against Kashmiries on every front. Daily killings by “operation all out” has put every conscious individual within the firing range of coercive measures. In the deceitful narrative of hyper nationalism, to pave the way to grab power, Delhi rulers have flooded its prisoners by Kashmiries. They sell their aggressive posture, through their paid media houses to befool their vote bank.

He said that many pro-freedom people are arrested in the name of “Terror Funding”, and are languished in Tihar jail without any legal aid which includes Mohammad Yaseen Malik, Shabir Ahmad Shah, Dr. G. M. Bhat, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Raja Mehraj-ud-din Kalwal, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Farooq Ahmad Dar, Shahid-ul-Islam, Syed Shahid Yousuf, Syed Shakeel Ahmad and businessman Zahoor Ahmad Watali. Even the females Syeda Asia Indrabi, Fehmeeda Sofi and Nahida Nasreen are not spared. They too face the wrath of oppression and are lodged in far-flung jails in India particularly Tihar jail.

Hurriyat chairman said that Indian rulers have themselves made a joke of their so-called democracy and court decisions are influenced by the region and faith of the accused amounting to gross judicial activism, the recent example of which is the rejection of the bail granted by Delhi High Court in favour of Kashmiri businessman Zahoor Ahmad Watali, which was not only surprising but puts a big question mark on the free and fair legal system of World’s so-called largest democracy. Although in past also our people have faced the biased judicial system to satisfy their collective conscious, but recent media outburst of four senior Supreme Court judges, speaks volumes of favoritism and political influence in judiciary.

He said that on one hand Samjota Express bomb blast accused, even after accepting his crime, is bailed out, just because those killed were from a particular religion and region, and on the other hand every conscious Kashmiri, not willing to became the turncoat and stooges of the ruling class, is intimidated, maimed, arrested and even eliminated.

Pro-freedom leader said our prisoners are making history with their courage, steadfastness, patience and commitment, particularly those facing life imprisonment like Dr. Mohammad Qasim, Dr. Mohammad Shafi Khan Sharyati, Gh. Qadir Bhat, Feroz Ahmad Bhat, Bilal Ahmad Kota, Bashir Ahmad Baba, Sheikh Nazir Ahmad, Mohammad Ayoub Mir, Mohammad Ayoub Dar, Ali Mohammad Bhat, Latief Ahmad Waja, Mirza Nisar, Ab. Gani Goni, Mehmood Topiwala, Javed Ahmad Khan, Parvez Ahmad Mir, Gh. Mohammad Bhat, Dr. Waseem and others.

Those facing the notorious PSA, imported by our political vultures, more than 35 times like Masarat Aalam Bhat and others like Mohammad Yousuf Falahi, Abdul Gani Bhat, Moulana Sarjan Barkati etc and recently Ameer Jamaat-e-Islami Dr. Hameed Fayaz, Advocate Zahid Ali, Moulana Mushtaq Veeri and others.

He said that now Srinagar Central Jail also bears a look of Tihar, where relatives of detenues are kept waiting for hours together in name of questioning and frisking and then made to see their loved ones behind the two layer iron net, which is distressing for both prisoners and the relatives particularly kids.

Hurriyat chairman, appealed the international community, prisoner’s rights forums and human rights bodies, to compel Indian authorities to, at least honour and obey their own laws and stop the revengeful attitude towards the political prisoners.

He said that arrest, jails and other curbs are part on any freedom struggle, but the nation which itself has faced this wrath and has recently came out of the yoke of slavery, was not expected to behave as ruthless and beastly for those fighting for the their basic and fundamental rights.