Situation far from normal in IOK on 100th day of clampdown

November 12, 2019

SRINAGAR: The situation continues to remain far from normal in the Kashmir Valley as well as Muslim majority areas of Jammu and Ladakh regions as New Delhi-imposed clampdown in the name of security entered 100th running day, Tuesday.

Apart from heavy presence of Indian forces, restrictions under Section 144 remain enforced in the territory. Internet across all platforms, SMS and prepaid mobile services remain totally snapped in the Valley and Muslim areas of Jammu region

As a form of passive resistance against Indian occupation and its Aug 5 illegal actions, the people living in the Kashmir Valley continue to keep their business establishments closed and stay away from offices and educational institutions. Most of the public transport also is off the roads.

Shops open only for couple of hours in the morning or evening only to cater to the daily needs of the people. In response to the slew of petitions challenging Indian govt’s Aug 5 decision, New Delhi in its detailed affidavit filed in the SC on Monday justified the abrogation of provisions of Art 370.

The Indian Supreme Court, which has made its further controversial after handing down biased decree in Babri Masjid case, is scheduled to take up for hearing a batch of petitions challenging abrogation of provisions of Art 370 and Art 35A on Nov 14 (Thursday). Meanwhile, akistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif on Tuesday strongly condemned the 100-day long illegal curfew on occupied Kashmir, which was imposed by India. The statement issued by Shehbaz Sharif stated that the brave Kashmiris repeated a history of seven decades of great perseverance and sacrifices in hundred days. “We salute Kashmiris and their sacrifices during this torturous lockdown”, he added.

He expressed that every cruelty of India intensifies the urge for independence in the heart of Kashmiris. “For more than 72 years, the brave Kashmiri people have been facing Indian atrocities”, he said, adding that these hundred days prove that the global conscience is sleeping.