Humanitarian crisis deepens amid continued siege » Kashmir Media Service

Situation may aggravate if clampdown persists

Srinagar, September 02 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the humanitarian crisis has deepened as the territory continued to remain under siege of the Indian army and paramilitary forces for the 29th consecutive day, today.

All internet and communication services including landline and mobile phones and TV channels are closed in the Kashmir valley and five districts of Jammu region. Local newspapers are offline while most of them fail to bring out their print editions. Curfew and other restrictions are in place in the territory since August 5 when the Indian government revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status after abrogating Article 370 of its constitution. Markets and schools are also closed for the past one month. Indian forces are using drones equipped with hi-resolution cameras and night-vision devices to monitor anti-India protests and other pro-freedom activities in the territory.

Many posters and handbills, along with pictures of Major General Asif Ghafoor, Director General of Inter Services Public Relations of Pakistan, have surfaced in IOK that read, Pakistan would continue fighting for Kashmir till last solider and bullet. Hurriyat activists in posters announced that the people of Kashmir would together push India out of their homeland, which is a paradise on earth. The activists have said that the paradise could not be an abode of brute Indian forces.

Meanwhile, people are facing acute shortage of food, medicines and other commodities. Doctors have warned that hospitals are running short of medicines, surgical equipment and people are faced with host of problems including patients not being able to travel for routine check-up and staff struggling to turn up for duty due to communications blockade. They say the kidney patients who are on dialysis are the worst victims of the ongoing clampdown.

The locals said that India was deliberately lingering on curfew and other restrictions so that people of the territory could not stock food for the upcoming harsh winter. They feared that the situation could aggravate in the days to come if the clampdown persists for another couple of days.

On the other hand, over 11,000 political leaders and workers including Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai continue to remain under house arrest or in jails.

A Kashmiri rights activist, Gowhar Gilani, was stopped by the Indian authorities at the Delhi airport and barred from flying abroad. He was intended to visit Germany to participate in an event, but was sent back from Indira Gandhi International airport by the Immigration authorities with the only apparent reason that he might expose before the world the horrific situation prevailing in occupied Kashmir.

One Response to “Humanitarian crisis deepens amid continued siege”

  1. 1. Muhammad Fiaz Khan Says:

    Mohdi the Butcher of Gujrat shamefully started genocide of Kashmir people to change the demography of the Kashmir valley which will fire back as start of Jihad in Indian occupied Kashmir which was stopped by Musharraf who was engaged with India to settle down out of box solution against the will of There is only one pragmatic and fruitful option for Kashmirs to be exercised and that is JIHAD against Mohedi (THE GREAT KAFAR) until the final victory to get freedom. Farooq Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti must also start their endeavors to get freedom from Indian brutalities if they are genuine Muslim and Kashmirs.

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