Kashmir protests US move to declare Jerusalem as Israel’s capital


Srinagar, 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.