Kargil Shuts, Marches For Kashmir


Kargil: Amid a complete shutdown, massive demonstrations were held in Kargil district of Ladakh region on Thursday against the unabated civilian killings in the Kashmir Valley. 

The call for shutdown and protest was given by Imam Khomeini Memorial Trust and it was supported by Islamia School Kargil, two influential religio-political bodies of the region.

Kargil town witnessed a complete shutdown while shortly after the Zohar prayers, people in thousands marched through the town. . The procession passed through main bazaar to Islamia School Chowk and culminated at Lal Chowk Kargil.

Carrying placards and banners denouncing the killings of Kashmiri civilians and in favour of the rights of Kashmiri people marchers converged in the town square. 

The protest march was led by IKMT Chairman Sheikh Muhammad Hussain Lutfi.

“It is highly condemnable that Indian state is using extra brute force on the protesters in Kashmir. More than hundred protesters have gone blind due to pellet injuries. Is there nobody from India or world who could question India which claims to be the biggest democracy in the world,” Lutfi told the gathering.

He said that it is the prime responsibility of the Indian government to ask people in Kashmir what they want. “The killing and the suppressing the voices is a direct attack on the principles of democracy. Let me tell the Indian authorities who are at the helm of affairs that they can’t control Kashmir by killing innocent people. It is in the interest of India to get the Kashmir issue resolved,” he said.  

Number of leaders, including MLA Kargil Asghar Ali Karbalai addressed the protesters who unequivocally condemned the use of brute force on the protesters on Kashmir.

“We are with the people of Kashmir until our last breath. People of Kargil stand with Kashmiri brethren and will never leave them alone at any cost”, Karbalai vowed.

He said that killing innocent people will lead Government of India nowhere. 

While expressing sympathies with the people of Kashmir, he said that Kashmir is a political issue and it should be resolved politically. “By using force India can achieve nothing. Government of India must engage Kashmiri people to resolve the long pending Kashmir problem,” he said.

President Anjuman-e-Jamiat-e-Ulema Asna Ashariya in his call stated, “People of Kargil express solidarity with the people of Kashmir Valley and appeal government to end atrocities so that people could live in peace”.

Reports said that besides Kargil main town, all the other important areas including Buroo, Poin, Thaksangroun observed a complete shutdown to express solidarity with the people of Kashmir.


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