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Strike against Indian court order shuts Kashmir


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An Indian Paramilitary trooper stands guard in front of closed shops during a strike in Srinagar, Dec10, 2012. — Photo by AFP

SRINAGAR: Separatists in Indian-administered Kashmir have called a strike that has shuttered shops across the region in protest of the life sentences handed out by an Indian court to two pro-independence Kashmiri activists.    

The activists were convicted last week in the killing of a paramilitary officer in 1990.

Nearly 100 members of the pro-independence separatist group, Jammu & Kashmir Liberation Front, on Monday held a daylong hunger strike in Srinagar to protest the verdict.

The group's leader Yasin Malik called the court order India's ''political vendetta'' and said such measures would force another armed rebellion in the disputed region.

About 68,000 people have been killed in armed rebellion against Indian rule since 1989 and the ensuing Indian crackdown that has largely crushed the militants.

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Cynical Dec 11, 2012 11:51am
Muslims also claim separate land even when in minority. Think 1947.
Sajad Nazir Dec 11, 2012 01:13am
@raja, it is nt problem ,actualy it is the only way of life,as in islamic rule the concept is based on,justice,equality ,freedom nd fraternity.
farooq naqvi Dec 10, 2012 09:27pm
I dont agree with the remarks of Raja because majority has always right to choose their way to live in freedum
AK Dec 10, 2012 03:36pm
didn't india call for that same thing from British. Dont forget your past.
Nabarun Dey Dec 10, 2012 02:27pm
Shadow boxing for 'premonition of impending danger' to Afzal Guru ?
raja hindustani Dec 10, 2012 01:15pm
"Muslims in majority....always demand for separate Islamic state" This is root cause of all the problem