Security forces in Indian-administered Kashmir opened fire on villagers trying to stop the arrest of suspected armed separatists.
(DESPARDES/PKONWEB)— Twenty people were killed in India-held Kashmir in some of the fiercest clashes this year in the region, police said on Sunday, as authorities braced for more violence.
Thirteen Kashmiris described by Indian authorities as militants died in several clashes south of Srinagar considered ground zero of Kashmiris’ struggle for self-determination dubbed the ‘Kashmir Intifada’.
Another four Kashmiris were killed and scores of others injured when police opened fire on thousands of demonstrators who poured onto the streets, throwing stones and chanting slogans against Indian occupation, extra-judicial killings, enforced disappearances, torture, rape, molestation and arbitrary detentions.
Top Hurriyet leadership including Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Ashraf Sehrai were put under house arrest in Srinagar, and Yasin Malik was arrested from his residence.
Dukhtaran-e-Millat leader Asiya Andarabi released a video message on social media with hashtag #KashmirBleeds, after the massacre of Kashmiri youth in their unabated genocide in Indian Occupied Kashmir.
Dukhtaran-e-Millat leader Asiya Andarabi releases a video message after the Indian Army massacred 13 Kashmiri youth in their unabated genocide in Indian Occupied Kashmir #KashmirBleeds pic.twitter.com/WJGBF8wAtI
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In Islamabad, Pakistan condemned the brutal and indiscriminate use of force by the Indian forces. India has placed more than 700,000 heavily armed soldiers to dilute the latest spate of protests and demonstrations by Kashmiri youth.
Prime Minister Abbasi condemned the latest Indian brutality in the occupied Himalayan valley. “This act of barbarism in Indian Occupied Kashmir is violation of human rights,” the Foreign Office of Pakistan said.
Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif termed killing of Kashmiri youth by the Indian forces in repressive act as worst kind of terrorism. He further concluded that the blood of the Innocent Kashmiris is jolting the conscience of the world.
According to reports, Indian troops used tear gas and pellet guns to disperse the crowd, and later opened fire. Most of the injured sustained pellet wounds, but six had gunshot wounds, said S.P. Vaid, the director general of police in India-held Kashmir.
Local residents put the number of injured at over 50.
Government of Pakistan and people of Pakistan firmly stand for the people of Kashmir against the oppressive Indian regime. #Kashmiris are not alone in their struggle for freedom & every #Pakistani is with them. “Save Kashmir – Save humanity”. #KashmirBleeds @gop_info @Marriyum_A pic.twitter.com/JJm2BEpnts
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