Thousands take to streets to protest massacre in Indian-held Kashmir

Eight militants have been gunned down by security forces across south Kashmir

Eight militants have been gunned down by security forces across south Kashmir

Amid shutdown and restrictions, a tense situation prevailed in Kashmir on Monday, a day after 13 militants, four civilians and three army soldiers were killed in separate gun battles and subsequent clashes in southern Shopian and Anantnag districts on Sunday.

Pointing out that freedom is fundamental human right, it urged the world community to recognise its duty towards the poor Kashmiris and compel India to immediately stop use of brutal force against them.

On Monday, Pakistani leaders lent their voices in support of the protesters in Kashmir - and in condemnation of the Indian security forces.

They later opened fire.

In a major success, security forces eliminated two terrorists, identified as Ahmad Malik and Rayees Thokar, who abducted and killed Lt Umar Fayaz in May 2017 when the Army officer had gone to his hometown in Shopian to attend a wedding, Vaid said.

A complete shutdown was observed in Kishtwar district also against the killings in South Kashmir.

A day after at least 20 people were killed in a search operation in the Indian-occupied Kashmir, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) tabled a resolution in the Punjab Assembly, condemning the brutalities being conducted by the Indian forces in the held valley.

Media reports said the security forces launched a search operation in Dragad area of Shopian on Sunday morning following specific input regarding the presence of militants in the area.

During the investigation, the police said, it has come to notice that local militant Mohammad Saleem Parrey has played a major role in the killing of the said "innocent civilian".

However, no violence was reported there. They also stopped train services and cut cellphone internet services in the most restive towns, and reduced connection speeds in other parts of the Kashmir Valley, a common government practice aimed to calm tensions and prevent anti-India demonstrations from being organised.

Anti-India sentiment runs deep in Kashmir, which in recent years has seen renewed rebel attacks and repeated public protests against Indian rule.

DGP Vaid told reporters that the security forces began operations based on specific information about the presence of militants at three places in south Kashmir.

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.

But The Associated Press, citing local residents, reports that Indian troops also live ammunition on some groups of civilian protesters. India accuses Pakistan of arming and training the rebels, a charge Pakistan denies.

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