Tens of thousands of people flocked to mosques and shrines across Indian - controlled Kashmir to mark the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan. Like other parts of the world, the day was also observed as International Quds Day to call for an end to Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories.
People from all walks of life took to the streets, carrying banners and placards, as they chanted anti-Israel and anti-US slogans. Also, the protestors burnt the Israeli flag and condemned the growing crimes and brutalities of the Zionist forces against the Palestinians. They also called for unity among Muslims to counter the ominous plots of the Israeli regime. As late founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini said years ago, it's the duty of all Muslims to raise their voice against the aggression of Israel in the occupied territories. Muslims in Kashmir, like every year, are on streets to commemorate the International Quds Day to express solidarity with Palestinians and to seek resolution of the Kashmir issue. The day is also observed as “Kashmir Day” in both parts of the divided Kashmir to urge the international community to help resolve the decades old Kashmir dispute. Meanwhile, government forces clashed with protesters who denounced human rights abuses in the region. Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the crowd. Kashmir lies at the heart of more than 60 years of hostility between India and Pakistan. Both neighbors claim the region in full but have partial control over it. According to human rights groups, an estimated 70,000 people have been killed, nearly 10,000 people are missing, and thousands have been orphaned in the two-decade long conflict in Kashmir.