Panic has gripped Indian occupied Kashmir

August 22, 2019

Indian troops martyred seven more youth in Indian occupied Kashmir in a fresh incident of state terrorism in Kupwara district. The youth were killed in Keran area of the district. Meanwhile, with the recovery of two more dead bodies in the debris of a house after the 40-hour-long cordon and search operation at Pandoshan village in Shopian, the toll has risen. An Indian soldier was killed on Friday during a gun battle with Kashmiri freedom fighters amid panic among residents over reports of India’s deployment of thousands of more soldiers to the disputed region. Panic has gripped occupied Kashmir since last two weeks after India announced deploying at least 10,000 more soldiers to one of the world’s highest militarized areas. Delhi has recently sent 25,000 extra military personnel to the held region. Thousands of tourists and non-local students scrambled to get places on planes and buses leaving Indian-occupied Kashmir on Saturday after the Indian government warned of the threat of “terror” attacks. Moreover, Hindu pilgrims have also been told to leave the region. Visitor numbers have been boosted by the Amarnath Yatra pilgrimage, which draws hundreds of thousands of Hindus each year. The pilgrimage has been cancelled because of the scare. A huge security force had been guarding the route even before the alert. A second smaller pilgrimage, the Machail Mata Yatra, in Jammu region has also been cancelled. The disturbing series of events has created alarm in IoK. There have been calls to stock up on food and fuel. Kashmiri residents formed long lines outside petrol stations, food stores and bank cash machines after the alert were announced. Kashmir politicians have raised fears that the deployment of additional troops is a sign that the Hindu nationalist government could carry out a threat to scrap occupied Kashmir’s special status under the constitution. Political leaders in the territory have warned that cancelling constitutionally guaranteed rights, which mean only state domiciles can buy land in the region, could spark unrest. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has refused to say whether it is about to scrap the constitutional article, though he has often spoken against it. Pro-freedom Kashmiri leader and All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) Chairman Syed Ali Geelani took to Twitter to urge the Muslims across the globe to help “save our souls” from “the biggest genocide” India is about to launch in occupied Kashmir in the history of mankind. This tweet must be taken as an SOS (Save Our Souls) message to all Muslims living on this planet. If we all die and you kept quite you will be answerable to Allah the Magnificent. May Allah protect us?” The international community, especially the US, should cure the Indian inhuman attitude as Narendra Modi has become a psychic case.

Political leaders in the territory have warned that cancelling constitutionally guaranteed rights, which mean only state domiciles can buy land in the region, could spark unrest.

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