Over 70,000 attend funerals of martyrs in IOK

SRINAGAR:Over seventy thousand people participated in funerals of two Kashmiri martyred youth in Pulwama and Shopian districts.
The troops killed Naseer Ahmad Pandit and Waseem Ahmad Malla during a siege and search operation in Vihil village of Shopian. The killings triggered forceful anti-India protest demonstrations in Shopian and Pulwama districts. Many protesters were injured during clashes with personnel of Indian forces. A police vehicle was also torched by angry protesters in Pulwama. High-pitched pro-Pakistan, pro-freedom and anti-India slogans were raised, while Pakistani flags were hoisted on convoys of vehicles as part of funeral processions. Complete shutdown was observed in Pulwama and Shopian districts to mourn the killings.
Several Hurriyet leaders including Yasmeen Raja, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, Syed Bashir Andrabi, Hakeem Abdur Rasheed, Bilal Ahmad Siddiqui, Muhammad Ramzan Khan, Maulvi Bashir Ahmad, Shabbir Ahmad Dar, Muhammad Ahsan Untoo, Imtiaz Reshi, activists of Tehreek-e-Hurriyet, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Muslim League and Jammu and Kashmir Salvation Movement attended the funerals of Naseer Ahmad Pandit and Waseem Ahmad Mallah in Pulwama and Shopian.
The APHC at its Executive Council meeting, presided over by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in Srinagar maintained that political stability in South Asia and cordial relations between Pakistan and India would continue to remain a distant dream unless settlement of Kashmir dispute as per the Kashmiris’ aspirations.
Meanwhile, Mewar University in Indian state of Rajasthan has expelled sixteen Kashmiri students for celebrating the victory of West Indies against India in the World T20 semi-final, last week. Indian police had arrested nine students from occupied Kashmir for cheering the victory of West Indies cricket team against India.
A head constable of Indian Central Reserve Police Force committed suicide by shooting himself with his service rifle at Katra in Reasi district. This has raised the total number such deaths among Indian Army and police to 358 since 2007.—KMS