The worst curfew, communication blockade and lockdown entered in 97th consecutive day on Saturday in Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK) imposed by India.
In occupied Kashmir, people staged forceful demonstrations in different areas, today to show their resentment against Indian occupation and division of Kashmir into two union territories.
Immediately after Juma congregational prayers, people in large numbers took to the streets in Srinagar, Badgam, Ganderbal, Islamabad, Pulwama, Kulgam, Shopian, Bandipora, Baramulla, Kupwara and other areas of the occupied territory.
They raised high-pitched pro-freedom, pro-Pakistan and anti-India slogans. At many places, the protesters were subjected to brute force by Indian police and troops. Many demonstrators sustained injuries in brutal actions of forces’ personnel.
Even in this modern age of technology, internet across all platforms and prepaid cellular networks remains out of bounds for residents of the Kashmir Valley. Though landline connections and voice calls on postpaid mobile phones have been partially restored, yet life continues to remain out of gear in the territory.
Shops open briefly in the morning and evening hours but even this window is more often than not disrupted due to the continuing uncertainty.
Meanwhile, in London, strategic experts from India, Pakistan and the UK during a panel discussion over the Kashmir crisis opined that the international community does have a role in diffusing tension in Kashmir.
The discussion was organized by strategic advisory group CTD Advisors at Chatham House against the backdrop of India’s revocation of the special status of occupied Kashmir.
The speakers included Maleeha Lodhi, Indian journalist, Nidhi Razdan, a London-based entrepreneur, Abdu Rehman Chinoy former UK foreign secretary, Jack Straw and National Security Advisor to former British Prime Ministers, Theresa May, Sir Mark Lyall Grant and as well as a former Representative of UK at UN, David Cameron.