IOK reels under curfew, Internet blackout

Srinagar, August 05 (KMS): India, today, flouting all norms of international law and the United Nations resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir abrogated Articles 370 and 35A of Indian constitution while bringing a constitutional end to the special status of the occupied territory.

India also bifurcated occupied Kashmir declaring the Kashmir valley and the Jammu region as a union territory with a legislature and Ladakh also a union territory without a legislature.

By the new enactments, the occupied Kashmir has been bifurcated into two parts in violation of the United Nations Security Council resolutions on Kashmir. After the new enactment, India will be able to settle Indians in the occupied territory, change its demography while outnumbering local Kashmiris. As such, India has changed 92-year-old state subject laws of Jammu and Kashmir.

Amidst growing panic over Indian government’s unilateral decision to abrogate Article 370, the authorities imposed undeclared curfew both in the Kashmir valley and Jammu placing bar on the movement of people, holding of any kind of public meetings and rallies. All educational institutions were closed while Internet services snapped across occupied Jammu and Kashmir. Examinations to be held, today, were postponed. Additional paramilitary forces were deployed across the Kashmir Valley and Jammu region. Indian troops were deployed in strength around vital installations such as civil secretariat, police headquarters, airport and other government establishments. Barricades were erected on all entry and exit points in Srinagar and other cities.

The entire resistance leadership including Syed Ali Gilani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq were placed under house arrest or detained in jails.

Meanwhile, more than 8,000 additional Indian paramilitary troops were airlifted from different parts of India to occupied Kashmir, today. These troops, brought through C-17 transport planes of the Indian Air Force, are in addition to the 38,000 troops brought into the territory over the past one week.

Various Kashmiri organizations held a protest demonstration outside the Indian High Commission in Islamabad, today, to condemn the abrogation of Article 370 and geographical division of occupied Kashmir.

On the other hand, the Kashmiri diaspora leadership of all political parties based in the United States has unanimously rejected the Indian move to abrogate Articles 370 and 35A. The leadership of Kashmir Global Council and World Kashmir Awareness Forum including Farooq Siddiqi, Altaf Qadri, Raja Muzaffar, Dr Ghulam Nabi Mir, Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai, Dr MA Dhar, Dr AR Mir vowed to stand committed to carry on the struggle till the final settlement of Kashmir dispute.

The Amnesty International in a statement said that the unilateral decision of the Indian government to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir is likely to inflame the prevailing tensions, alienate the people in the territory and increase risk of further human rights violations.


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