In occupied Kashmir, people staged forceful demonstrations in different areas, today to show their resentment against Indian occupation and division of Kashmir into two union territories.
Immediately after Juma congregational prayers, people in large numbers took to the streets in Srinagar, Badgam, Ganderbal, Islamabad, Pulwama, Kulgam, Shopian, Bandipora, Baramulla, Kupwara and other areas of the occupied territory.
They raised high-pitched pro-freedom, pro-Pakistan and anti-India slogans. At many places, the protesters were subjected to brute force by Indian police and troops. Many demonstrators sustained injuries in brutal actions of forces’ personnel.
Meanwhile, fear and uncertainty continued to grip the Kashmir Valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu and Ladakh regions as the military lockdown imposed by India continued on 96th running day, today.
People in the Valley continue to keep their shutters down and stay away from schools and offices as part of a civil disobedience movement against Indian occupation.
Shops open briefly in the morning and evening hours but even this window is more often than not disrupted due to the continuing uncertainty. Prepaid phone, SMS and internet services remain snapped.
Addressing a meeting in Kishtwar, Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Anjuman Seerat Committee, Kishtwar, Maulana Abdul Qayoom said Kashmiris would not forget sacrifices rendered by people of Jammu in the ongoing freedom struggle.
He paid glowing tributes to hundreds of thousands of Jammu martyrs who were massacred by forces of Maharaja Hari Singh, Indian Army and Hindu extremists in different parts of Jammu region while they were migrating to Pakistan during the first week of November 1947.
Meanwhile, in London, strategic experts from India, Pakistan and the UK during a panel discussion over the Kashmir crisis opined that the international community does have a role in diffusing tension in Kashmir.
The discussion was organized by strategic advisory group CTD Advisors at Chatham House against the backdrop of India's revocation of the special status of occupied Kashmir.
The speakers included Maleeha Lodhi, Indian journalist, Nidhi Razdan, a London-based entrepreneur, Abdu Rehman Chinoy former UK foreign secretary, Jack Straw and National Security Advisor to former British Prime Ministers, Theresa May, Sir Mark Lyall Grant and as well as a former Representative of UK at UN, David Cameron.
An official of European Union says EU remains concerned over fundamental rights of people of occupied Kashmir.
Speaking at a function in New Delhi, Deputy Secretary General for Economic and Global Issues of European Union, Christian Leffler said EU fully is strongly concerned about all the rights of Kashmiris.
Leffler said the situation is not quiet in occupied Kashmir yet.
He said EU has always maintained that Kashmir dispute should be discussed between India and Pakistan through dialogue.