MIRPUR (AJK)-Azad Jammu & Kashmir was on Friday banged with anti-India rallies and demonstrations against the martyrdom of at least 40 innocent Kashmiris by the Indian troops in Held Kashmir during the last one week.

In response to the call given by AJK Prime Minister Abdul Majeed, the people across Azad Jammu Kashmir observed black day on Friday against the gruesome killing of the innocent Kashmiris and injuring of over 1,500 others in Srinagar and rest of the occupied valley during their demonstrations against the killing of Kashmiri freedom fighter Burhan Muzaffar Wani and other Kashmiris.

It was also aimed to express sympathies and solidarity with the freedom-loving people of occupied Jammu and Kashmir and the bereaved families of the martyred Kashmiris and over 1,500 others injured in tragic incidents of Indian firing on the Kashmiris in anti-India and pro-freedom rallies in Srinagar and in its outskirts.

Meanwhile, the election campaign for scheduled July 21 elections was unanimously and jointly halted on the call of the prime minister by all the political parties and the candidates across AJK to join the anti-India rallies. The rallies were jointly staged under the auspices of various social political and civil society organisations in the capital city of Muzaffarabad, Mirpur, Rawalakot, Bhimber, Kotli and other district and tehsil headquarters after the Jumma prayers.

In Muzaffarabad, the mammoth rally was held jointly under the leadership of the PML-N leader Iftikhar Gillani, Khawaja Farooq of PTI, Murtaza Gillani of Muslim Conference, Qazi Shahid Haid of Jamaat e Islami and Saqib Majeed to condemn the increased human rights abuses by Indian occupational forces in the held state.

The furious participants of the rally passed through major streets and later rushed to the office of United Nations Military Observers Mission in the state capital where they handed over a memorandum seeking early movement of the United Nations and other global human rights organisations to get stopped the state terrorism and violence unleashed against the freedom-loving people in internationally-acknowledged disputed Indian occupied Jammu & Kashmir state by India. The memorandum also called for early holding of plebiscite in occupied Kashmir to ensure grant of the much-awaited right to self-determination to the people of Jammu Kashmir to enable them to decide about their destiny.

In Mirpur, various protest rallies and processions were taken out from different parts of city including district court premises and the central mosque Allama Iqbal Road after Jumma prayers.

Mirpur University of Science & Technology Vice Chancellor Habibur Rehman, National Events organizing committee Chairman Amjad Iqbal, Markazi Anjuman e Tajran President Mahmood Ahmed, District Bar Association President Raja Zulfiqar Ahmed, Shakoor Mughal of Muslim Conference, Nawaz Rattayal Tanveer Ghazi of local business community, Mahmood Hussain of Anjuman e Imamia AJK, Haji Iftikhar Khadim, Tahir Mirza of PML-N, Registrar Waris Mirza and others led the rally.

The participants raised slogans. After passing through major city streets, the rally converged into big congregation of masses from all walks of life. Addressing the rally, the speakers strongly condemned the fresh wave of state terrorism by the Indian occupying troops in occupied Kashmir.

The speakers urged the international community especially United Nations and global human rights organisations to immediately intervene to get stopped the repeated aggression, barbarism and ruthless firing by Indian forces on the peaceful rallies of Kashmiris protesting against the martyrdom of the young Kashmiri freedom fighter.

Paying glorious tributes to the Kashmiri martyrs, the speakers said that the day was not far away when their supreme sacrifices would bear fruit and the sun of liberty from the Indian yoke would rise in the bleeding occupied valley of Jammu & Kashmir.

They said that the oppressive means being used by India to kill Kashmiris was crystal clear of the renewed Indian state terrorism which was an open war against people of Jammu and Kashmr.

Describing the thrashing of injured civilians lying open to sky in hospitals in Srinagar, speakers invited the attention of the world human rights organisations to send eye specialists to occupied Srinagar to aid hundreds of persons who have lost eyesite during ruthless use of firing and shelling by the Indian occupational forces on the demonstrators.

They said that through such shameful acts, Indian forces were trampling all human rights and these are an eye opener for all international human rights organisations and friends of humanity.

They underlined that through raising against the Indian forcible rule, people in occupied Kashmir had once again proved that Kashmir was neither an administrative dispute nor an issue of change of governance in the Indian held territory but primarily involves to the wishes and aspirations of the Jammu and Kashmir to decide their future and that no solution to the dispute could be arrived without ignoring them.

Earlier, in Jumma prayer congregations across AJK, Ulema and scholars paid rich tributes to the Kashmir martyrs and prayed for the salvation of the departed souls and grant of fortitude to the bereaved families and entire nation to bear the irreparable loss with courage. They also prayed for the early recovery of thousands of injured Kashmiris languishing in various Srinagar hospitals without a sufficient and proper healthcare.