Fear, intimidation continue to prevail as lockdown enters 121st in IOK
SRINAGAR (KMS) – In Occupied Kashmir, an atmosphere of fear and intimidation continues to prevail in the Kashmir Valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu region as Indian military lockdown entered 121st straight day on Tuesday.
Restrictions under Section 144 are enforced amid continued heavy military presence. Internet across all platforms and prepaid cellular networks are shut and messaging continues to remain suspended.
People in the besieged Valley continue to observe civil disobedience to show their resistance to the August 5 illegal moves adopted by the Indian government in IOK.
As part of this movement, Kashmiris do not open their shops except for a few hours in the morning or evening. They also stay away from schools and offices. Public transport largely remains off the roads as well.
According to a report, students from Muslim-majority Kargil studying in Jammu feel that New Delhi is undermining their aspirations. The report citing students from Kargil said that a majority of them were unhappy with the way the ruling BJP govt has fiddled with Art 370 and that they see the bifurcation of IOK as detrimental to their Muslim identity.
Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Pir Panchal Freedom Movement has strongly condemned the killing of 38 Kashmiris, including two women and three children, and injuries to 853 people during the ongoing Indian military siege and lockdown in Occupied Kashmir.
Qazi Muhammad Imran, Vice Chairman of Pir Panchal Freedom Movement, in a statement issued in Islamabad also condemned the ban on people to offer Friday prayers at the historic mosque in Srinagar, suspension of Internet, prepaid mobile and SMS services during the past four months. He criticized the Indian authorities for keeping 11,400 Hurriyat leaders, workers, businessmen and members of civil society in prisons or under houses detentions in the territory.
Expressing deep concern over the shortage of food and medicine in the occupied territory, he appealed to the international community to play a role in preventing India from unleashing atrocities on the Kashmiri people and grant them right to self-determination under UN resolutions.
Qazi Muhammad Imran said that despite the Indian atrocities , the people of Kashmir are continuing their struggle for right of self-determination and hoped that the sun of freedom would dawn soon on the horizons of Jammu and Kashmir.