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Shutdown, protests as Modi visits in held Kashmir

Shutdown, protests as Modi visits in held Kashmir
February 3, 2019
SRINAGAR (92 News) – A complete shutdown was observed in Indian-held Jammu Kashmir (IHK) on Sunday amid protests against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the IHK. The shutdown and protests came on the call of the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, which was supported by the Kashmir High Court Bar Association. As Modi visited Srinagar, Ladakh and Jammu to lay foundation stones for different developmental projects, Kashmiris brought all commercial activities to a halt and staged demonstrations against New Delhi’s state-sanctioned brutalities. Train operations were stopped and traffic flow also remained limited in the occupied region. In a statement, the JRL said Modi was seeking to crush Kashmiris’ genuine demand for right to self-determination by ordering killings, arrests, destruction of properties and other oppressive tactics.
Indian authorities take repressive measures amid Modi visit
The Indian authorities took stringent repressive measures in the name of so-called security across occupied Kashmir over Modi’s visit. However, heavy contingents of Indian police and troops have been deployed in Srinagar, Jammu and other areas of the occupied territory. Meanwhile, many Hurriyat leaders including Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai and others have been put under house arrest to bar them from leading any anti-India demonstrations. The troops and police personnel have set up security check-points in different areas and conducting thorough frisking of vehicles and commuters. Hundreds of motor bikes in Srinagar and other areas were also seized by Indian forces on the pretext of security checks. The authorities have also suspended mobile internet and train services in the occupied territory.
Indian panic in Kashmir
A day earlier, Foreign Office (FO) of Pakistan said Indian panic in occupied Kashmir before visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is evident by intensified repressive measures in the valley including arrests of Hurriyat leadership. In a tweet, FO spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal said Indian troops have increased so-called cordon and search operations continuing killings of Kashmiris. “Indian panic in IOK, in PM Modi’s visit is evident by intensified repressive measures, including arrests/House arrests of Hurriyat leadership, increased so called cordon and search operations & continuing killings of Kashmiris 1/2 #kashmirbleeds,” he tweeted. In another tweet, the FO spokesperson said, “Such steps only expose the falsity of Indian claims and shall not subjugate the Kashmiri struggle for self determination 2/2.”