US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital triggered widespread protests in Kashmir on Friday.
Anti-US protests were held in different parts of Kashmir Valley while authorities disallowed Friday prayers at historic Jamia Masjid in Kashmir capital Srinagar.
Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik had called for protest rallies after Friday congregational prayers across Kashmir Valley against the Trump’s decision declaring disputed Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
In a bid to curb protests, authorities here in Srinagar city imposed restrictions in some parts while separatist leaders including Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Aga Syed Hasan Almosvi Alsafvi were placed under house detention. Senior Hurriyat hawk, Syed Ali Geelani continues to be under house detention and this Friday as usual he was not allowed to offer Friday congregational prayers in any mosque.
Reports said that life was disrupted in dozens of areas falling under the jurisdiction of police station Safakadal, MR Gunj and Nowhatta in old Srinagar city due to strict restrictions.
In wake of protest call forwarded by Joint Resistance Leadership, scores of people affiliated with Resistance Movement held protest against US decision recognizing disputed Jerusalem as capital of Israel.
The protest was held in Maisuma locality located in the heart of the Kashmir capital Srinagar.
The protesters were carrying placards and banners seeking revocation of US decision and intervention of International community.
A massive protest was also reported from Hasanabad Rainawari area of Srinagar city. The angry protesters set ablaze the effigy of US president Donald Trump. Amid pro-freedom slogans, the protesters urged upon Islamic countries to snap relations with America whom they described as the big terrorist country.
Witnesses said that huge protest was carried out from Central Imam Bara Budgam after the Friday congregational prayers. Anjuman Shari Shain president Aga Syed Hasan who was scheduled to lead the protest rally was placed under house arrest. The protesters waved black flags and shouted anti-US and anti-Israel slogans.
Reports from Handwara town of North Kashmir’s Kupwara district said that a large number of people shortly after the culmination of Friday congregational prayers hit to roads and set US and Israel flags on fire.
The protesters chanted anti-Trum, anti-Israel and anti-US slogans. They described Trump as the worst enemy of Islam ever existing on the planet. The protest march culminated peacefully.
Police used tear-smoke shells to disperse protesters in main chowk Pulwam who pelted stones on deployed forces. Intense clashes left many protesters wounded.
Reports said that protesters raised anti-US and anti-India slogans during their protests march.
Protests were also held in Kakapora, Sambora, Tahab and Rajpora areas of Pulwama district. Protests were also held in Islamabad.
Massive protests were reported from Kargil and Drass areas of Ladakh region.
Protest in Kargil was held under the banner of Imam Kohmani Memorial Trust (IKMT) and Islamia School Kargil (ISK).
The speakers in their address urged upon UN to pass resolution and declare the US move as illegal and violation under International Law.
A protest was also held in Drass where people blocked the road for hours together. (CNS)