World Bulletin / News Desk
In occupied Kashmir, complete strike marked with pro-freedom protests was observed on the occasion of the 25th martyrdom anniversary of prominent Kashmiri liberation leader, Muhammad Maqbool Bhat.
According to Kashmir Media Service, all business establishments, government and private institutions remained closed and transport was off the road. Educational institutions are already closed due to winter vacations. The strike was observed to convey to the world that the people of Kashmir were committed to accomplish martyrs' mission.
Muhammad Maqbool Bhat was hanged in New Delhi's Tihar Jail on February 11 in 1984 for his leading role in Kashmiris' liberation struggle. Indian rulers buried his body in the premises of the jail and Kashmiris have been demanding shifting of his mortal remains to occupied Kashmir for proper burial.
The leaders of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front and JKLF (R) led pro-freedom demonstrations in Srinagar, Baramulla, Sopore, Bandipore, Badgam, Palwama, Islamabad, Banihal, Trehgam and other cities and towns.
On the other hand, two Indian troops committed suicide at Pampore in Pulwama and. Ghrota in Jammu, bringing such deaths amongst the troops to 127 since January 2007.
In New York, Brad Adams, the Asia Director of Human Rights Watch in a letter to the puppet Chief Minister of occupied Kashmir, Omar Abdullah called for an independent, transparent, and time-bound commission to investigate the enforced disappearances.
The letter emphasized that the troops should be held to account for human rights violations and the draconian laws should be repealed, which provide the armed forces with extraordinary powers to search, detain, and use lethal force.
And in London, the speakers at a seminar expressed confidence that the people of Jammu and Kashmir would finally attain their right to self-determination. They included Lord Avebury, Lord Nazir Ahmed, Professor Nazir Ahmad Shawl, Marsha Singh and Kelvin Hopkin.
Last Mod: 13 Şubat 2009, 00:13
BHAT'S MOTHER PROUD OF HIM
In occupied Kashmir, the mother of martyred Muhammad Maqbool Bhat has said that she is proud of her son who sacrificed his life for the cause of Kashmir.
In a media interview his mother said that she commemorated February 11, the day of his martyrdom, just as others prepare for some holy day. "We also prepare in advance because hundreds of people visit our home on this day and we serve qahwa to all those who visit us on this day", she maintained.
To a query she said that the people of Kashmir have given a lot of sacrifices for freedom and urged the people to respect those sacrifices and take the freedom struggle, started by her martyred son, to its logical end.