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Widespread informal civil disobedience movement grips occupied Kashmir
October 22, 2019

In occupied Kashmir, the routine life remained badly hit on the 79th consecutive day, today, in Kashmir valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu region with continued heavy deployment of Indian forces and strict restrictions in place under Section 144.

According to Kashmir Media Service, some postpaid mobile phone connections have been restored, but there’s no sign of restoration of the internet and prepaid cellular phone services.

An informal, yet widespread civil disobedience movement has gripped the Valley to protest India’s 5th August illegal action and its efforts to portray a sense of normalcy in the territory.

People from all walks of life including students, shopkeepers, fruit growers, businessmen and public and private sector workers are all participating in this extensive and non-violent initiative.

As part of this movement, public transport is off the roads, shops and business centers are shut and educational institutions are without students.

A team of Kashmiri journalists who visited Shopian, Pulwama and other districts of Kashmir said the locals describe a climate of fear, adding that Indian forces were conducting night raids, arbitrary arrests and torture on the youth.

Meanwhile, the Chairperson of Association of Parents of Disappeared Parents, Parveena Ahanger who is known as the 'Iron Lady of Kashmir' for her relentless efforts against enforced disappearances has featured on  BBC's list of top 100 inspiring women.

Recalling what led her to form APDP, Parveena Ahanger in an interview said that her son was abducted when he was a student of 11th Class.

The United States while expressing concern over the current situation in occupied Kashmir has urged India to respect human rights and restore full communication services in the territory.

According to Kashmri Media Service, the concern was expressed by Acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, Alice G Wells, in a statement submitted to the Congressional Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and Nonproliferation of the US Foreign Affairs Committee.

Alice G Wells said that the Kashmir Valley has not returned to normal and the State Department has raised concerns with the Indian government regarding detentions of residents and political leaders.

Wells briefed the Congressional Subcommittee before the hearing on "Human Rights in South Asia” that the US had urged Indian authorities to respect human rights and restore full access to services, including internet and mobile networks.

She said while exact figures are difficult to ascertain, the US understands several thousand people have been detained many without charges under the Public Safety Act over the past two months. 

NNR/Karrar