No respite for people as Indian authorities continue to impose restrictions in Occupied Kashmir

NNR/Karrar – October 03, 2019

In occupied Kashmir, there is no respite for people as Indian authorities continue to impose restrictions and communication blackout in Kashmir valley on 60th day, today.

The residents continue to live in a state of fear due to heavy deployment of Indian troops in every nook and corner of the occupied territory.

The people of Kashmir valley and Muslim-majority areas of Jammu region continue to live in a pre-communication era as there are no mobile phone and internet services.

Although landlines have been restored in certain areas but they are less in number as compared to cell phones. Main markets are shut. Offices and educational institutions though open but hardly anyone turns up there.

Due to communications blockade, there is little information flowing from one part of valley to its other parts and that is adding to the prevalent anxiety and fear.

As communication clampdown persists, the hospitals have turned out to be the worst hit with hundreds of tasks, including clearance of cases under different health schemes, lie pending.

On the other hand, since August 5, areas around Mughal Gardens along the Dal lake, a hub of Kashmir tourism, wear a deserted look, something which had not been seen in the past three decades.

An official said Mughal Gardens had not seen any tourist post abrogation of special status of occupied Kashmir by India.

Meanwhile, as per estimates of Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industries, the losses have crossed over five thousand crore in past two months.

On the other hand, Indian troops arrested over a dozen youth in different areas of the territory.

The troops during massive siege and search operations arrested several youth in Kishtwar,Ramban, Doda and Kathua districts of Jammu region.

Search operations were also conducted in Gandarbal, Bandipora and several other districts of the occupied territory.

Kashmiri journalists, today, held a sit-in protest in Srinagar against unabated communications blackout imposed by the Indian government.

They strongly protested against the curbs on media imposed by the authorities.

A large number of students of University of British Colombia in Canada held a rally to express solidarity with oppressed people of occupied Kashmir.

Echoing across University Boulevard were chants of “Free, free, free Kashmir!” and “Hear our voices!”.

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