Kashmir observes shutdown to protest civilian killings

Kashmir observes shutdown to protest civilian killings

According to hospital officials, numerous injured were hit by shotgun pellets in the eyes, causing widespread anger across Kashmir.

Authorities have also clamped a curfew in the old parts of the disputed region's main city of Srinagar, the urban centre of protests and clashes against Indian rule. The Indian police also raided the residence of APHC leader, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, in Srinagar and harassed his family members.

The bill was tabled by PTI MPA Dr Nosheen Hamid on Sunday, denouncing the Indian oppression of Kashmiris for the past 70 years, Express News reported.

Two youth injured on Sunday in firing of Indian troops in occupied Kashmir succumbed to their wounds on Tuesday bringing the toll of those martyred in the recent violence by Indian forces to 19.

Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi convened a special meeting of his Cabinet on Monday "to review the current situation arising from the recent Indian brutalities".

Muslim separatists have been waging a violent campaign against Indian rule since the late 1980s in Indian-held Kashmir.

Local residents said that after the protests, the security forces called off the operation.

Four of the five terrorists killed in the encounter at Kachdoora were from various villages of Shopian and one was from Kulgam.

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Separatist leaders who challenge India's sovereignty over Kashmir have called for a shutdown on Monday against the killings.

The authorities also suspended mobile internet services in the Valley, a common government practice, aimed to calm tensions and prevent anti-India demonstrations from being organised.

Pakistan, it said, expresses its full solidarity with Kashmiris and "we urge worldwide community to take cognisance of the gross and systematic violations of fundamental human rights".

An FIR into the incident has been registered and investigation into the matter set into motion, the police said.

Thirteen Kashmiris described by Indian authorities as militants and three Indian soldiers died in several clashes south of Srinagar.

No rebel group fighting against Indian rule immediately issued any statement about Sunday's fighting. India accuses Pakistan of arming and training the rebels, a charge Pakistan denies.

Kashmir has been divided between Pakistan and India, and since their partition and independence from Britain in 1947, the region has been a source of conflict between them.

Most Kashmiris support the rebels' cause while also participating in civilian street protests against Indian control.

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