SRINAGAR (92 News) – The lockdown continues on the 65th consecutive day, on Tuesday, with all shops, main markets and educational institutions shut and public transport off the road in scenic Indian Occupied Kashmir (IoK).
As the territory entered the third month of the humanitarian crisis triggered by the Indian government’s decision to abrogate special status of Jammu and Kashmir on August 5, normal life continues to remain paralyzed. Internet connectivity stands closed. The train between Baramulla and Banihal continues to be frozen for more than nine weeks.
The authorities made several efforts in the past nine weeks to reopen the schools. However, officials admit that the students did not come to schools. The residents are facing severe hardships due to shortage of essential commodities during the lockdown.
People in most of the Valley areas including Shopian, Pulwama and Kulgam have not been able to harvest the apple, which may have serious impact on the economy of the Kashmiri people.
Indian troops martyr Kashimri youth in IOK
Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred a Kashmiri youth in Pulwama district, today.
The youth was killed by Indian troops during a cordon and search operation in Awantipora area of the district. The operation was going on till last reports came in.
Meanwhile, violent cordon and search operations are going for the past 12 days in Ganderbal, Bandipore, Kupwara, Baramulla, Srinagar, Islamabad, Kulgam, Shopian, Ramban, Doda, Kistwara and several other towns and areas of the territory.
Kashmir restrictions devastating: US House Committee
Weeks ahead of its Asia Subcommittee hearing on human rights in South Asia, the US House Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC) has said that the communications shutdown is having a devastating impact on Kashmiris and called for restrictions to be lifted.
HFAC said via Twitter said, “India’s communications blackout in Kashmir is having a devastating impact on the lives and welfare of everyday Kashmiris.” The committee asked India to lift the restrictions and afford Kashmiristhe same rights and privileges enjoyed by the Indian citizens.