In occupied Kashmir, 99 days on, normal life continues to elude the Kashmir Valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu and Ladakh regions due to the military lockdown imposed by India following August 5 illegal move.
According to Kashmir Media Service, restrictions under Section 144 and ban on prepaid phone, SMS and internet services remain enforced. However, landlines and voice calls on postpaid connections have been partially restored.
As a mark of silent protest, people in the Valley continue to keep their shops closed except for a brief period in the morning and evening and stay away from schools and offices. Public transport is also unavailable.
Police in north Kashmir’s Sopore town has released pictures of three ‘wanted militants’ announcing cash reward of Rs 10 lakh for information leading to their arrest or killing.
One the other hand ,the National Conference has condemned the IOK admin for disallowing religious gatherings at the holy Hazratbal Shrine on the occasion of Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi (SAWS), saying such a measure tantamounts to violation of people’s religious freedom.
Tamil Nadu’s principal opposition party, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam , has slammed Indian government for turning IOK into a huge prison, demanding New Delhi to respect the sensitivities of the people of the territory.
A resolution adopted at its general council meet in Chennai condemned New Delhi for its August 5 actions without taking the approval of the IOK Assembly and eliciting the views of the people there. It has also urged the govt to immediately free all those arrested in Kashmir.
Meanwhile, Indian troops have martyred two youth during a fake encounter in Lawdara area of Bandipora district.
One youth was killed yesterday, while the other was martyred early in the morning, today, during the operation in the area.
In an other development, the Kashmir dispute, against the backdrop of revocation of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status by the Indian government, has found its way into the General Election campaign in the UK.
Social media messages and chat groups are being used by the Kashmiri diaspora to try and influence voters, with the Opposition Labour Party being their favourite for its pro-Kashmir stance since it passed a resolution favouring international intervention in Kashmir.
In this regard, a video is being shared on social media wherein a right-wing British journalist being heckled by protesters during the “Free Kashmir” rally, last month, in an attempt to accuse Labour Party of blindly supporting Pakistan’s stance over abrogation of Article 370 by India