Kashmiris, Tajiks share strong bond: Ambassador
Srinagar, April 25 (agencies): People staged forceful demonstrations, today, in Rafiabad area of Baramulla district of Kashmir against the killing of a youth, Muhammad Ashraf Lone, by unidentified persons. Hundreds of residents of Chatipora and its adjoining villages in Rafiabad took to the streets and staged massive demonstrations against the killing. The protesters carried the body of Ashraf in a procession and staged a sit-in on Sopore-Ladura road.
Chanting “We want freedom,” and other slogans, the protesters were demanding identification and punishment for the people involved in the killing.
Indian police and Central Reserve Police Force personnel resorted to heavy baton charge and excessive teargas shelling to disperse the protesters injuring four of them.
Muhammad Ashraf Lone, 30, of Chatipora, Rafiabad was shot dead by unidentified gunmen at Hail-Jageer in Kreeri, last evening. Ashraf, a teacher at a local Madrassa had reportedly gone missing on Thursday.
Pertinently, Panchayat elections are being held in Ruhmama Tehsil of the district today.
Tajikis and Kashmiris
The Tajikistan’s ambassador to India, Saidov Saidbeg Boykhonovich, has said that his country shares strong bond with Kashmir over the centuries.
Saidov Saidbeg Boykhonovich talking to the newsmen in Srinagar on the sidelines of a religious conference, said, Kashmiris are their brethren. “Kashmiris have been awakened and educated by Mir Syed Ali Hamdani (RA). His preaching improved the education, culture and religion here,” he added.
Earlier, the envoy during his address at the conference used Persian poetry to point out the long relationship between Tajikis and Kashmiris. Thousands of people from different parts of the Valley and religious scholars from across the globe participated in the daylong conference.