Kashmir Rallies in Solidarity with Rohingya

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Srinagar—Protests and rallies were witnessed across Kashmir Valley against oppression unleashed on the hapless Rohingya people by the Myanmar government, here on Friday.

Protests were reported from the length and breadth of Valley even from Chenab Valley of Jammu region. Earlier peaceful rallies were carried out to denounce Buddhist terrorism in Myanmar against innocent Muslims in Kargil division of Ladakh as well.

Pertinently, the joint resistance leadership had called for protests after Friday prayers against the persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Burma or Myanmar.

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In Kashmir capital Srinagar, pro-Rohingya protests were held at Maisuma, Abiguzar, Sariabala, Hyderpora, Natipora, Chanapora, Nowhatta, Chattabal, Safakadal, Alamgaribazar, Soura and other parts.

The protesters castigated international community for maintaining criminal silence over the grave issue. They alleged that Fascist forces across globe have been seeking pleasure over the killing of innocent Muslims at the hands of fanatic Buddhists and Mayanmar Army.

Kashmir University students on Friday held a protest demonstration in the varsity campus to protest against the persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

Students after offering congregational Friday prayers assembled outside the Jami Masjid of the varsity and raised slogans in favour of Islam, Muslims and Rohingya.

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The students later marched through the varsity campus and assembled in the lawns of Allama Iqbal library.

The protest demonstration culminated with the students demanding an immediate end to the oppression and violence meted out to the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

A number of students spoke on the occasion condemning the Myanmar government’s response and the silence of the world community.

At Press Enclave Srinagar, a Shia organization ‘Majmai Islam Kashmir’ staged a peaceful protest against the torture and killings of Muslims in Burma.

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The protesters alleged that rights of Rohingya Muslims are being gravely violated with the directions of the Burmese government led by a so-called Nobel Peace Prize recipient Aung San Sui Kyi.

Protesters in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district set ablaze a Police Rakshak and thrashed some cops including an officer.

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Witnesses said that a peaceful protest rally was carried out by people against the killings of Rohingya Muslims in Burma from Jamia Masjid Sherbagh in Anantnag district.

Clashes also erupted in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district after Friday congregational prayers. A large number of people carried out a protest rally against the killings of Rohingya Muslims from Jamia Masjid Pulwama. The protesters were stopped by police while the agitated youth pelted stones on them, ensuing clashes. Police used tear-smoke shells to disperse them. The clashes disrupted normal life in the town while shopkeepers lowered their shutters.

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Protest against persecution of Burmese Muslims were also reported from Budgam, Tral, Pakharpora and other parts of Valley.

Clashes in Anantnag

Six policemen were injured today as protestors set ablaze a police vehicle and clashed with law enforcing personnel over the issue of Rohingya Muslims in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said.

Clashes broke out soon after Friday prayers as a large number of people protested against the persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

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However, the protests turned violent when the police intervened and tried to stop the protests.

Witnesses added that amid pro-freedom and anti-Myanmar slogans the protesters marched towards Lal Chowk. The protesters were agitated when they were intercepted by a police party and they hurled stones on them.

“As police charged the protesters with canes, some of the protesters lost cool and they thrashed some of the cops including an Assistant Sub-Inspector who is posted at Khanabag Police Choki.

A Police official said that some of the protesters attacked a Police Rakshak and set it on fire outside DC office Anantnag.

Chenab Valley shuts against Muslim persecution in Burma; Lawyers community stages protest in Banihal

Normal life was disrupted in Chenab valley and Banihal town of Ramban district on Friday due to a shutdown called against the killing of Rohingya Muslims and “provocative statements of the Indian government” over the Rohingya refugee issue.

Shops and other business establishments and some private schools of Muslims remained closed because of the shutdown in Bhadarwah and Kishtwar areas.

However, government schools, offices and banks functioned normally and traffic plied on the roads as usual.

The shutdown call was issued by Anjuman-e-Islamia Bhaderwah, Markazi Seerat Committee Doda, Majlis-e-Shoura Kishtwar, Anjuman Islamia Bhalessa and Thathri to protest against the merciless killings of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar by the government forces and mobs.

The shutdown was also called to show resentment against central government “for harassing Rohingya refugees and threatening to forcibly deport them at the behest of RSS.”

“This is really unfortunate that Indian government, which never misses an opportunity to call itself as the largest democracy, is harassing and threatening to forcibly deport Rohingya Muslims to Burma, where hundreds of them are being killed every day and surprisingly United Nations, Human Rights Organisations and Amnesty International have maintained a criminal silence, which is really unfortunate and uncalled for,” said Pervaiz Ahmed Sheikh, President Anjuman-e-Islamia Bhadarwah.

Shutdown was also observed in Banihal town of Ramban district in Pir Panjal region of the state.

All shops and other business establishments remained closed in Banihal town while traffic remained off the roads to protest the killing and persecutions of Muslims in the Rakhine state.

Bar Association also staged a protest to denounce the killings. Scores of lawyers carrying placards and banners registered their protest and urged international community to stop the blood-shed in Burma. (CNS)

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