Life remains paralyzed in IOK on 40th successive day » Kashmir Media Service

Kashmir incurred Rs 3900 crore loss during ongoing lockdown

Srinagar, September 13 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, normal life remained paralyzed on 40th consecutive day, today, due to continued curfew, restrictions and communication blackout imposed by the Indian government.

The occupation authorities further tightened restrictions in Srinagar and other areas to prevent people from staging demonstrations against the repeal of the special status of occupied Kashmir by the Indian government. Juma prayers could not be held at Srinagar’s historic Jamia Masjid and other main mosques of the territory on the 6th consecutive week since August 05. Educational institutions, shops, markets and business establishments continued to remain closed while public transport was off the roads across the Kashmir valley. Communication services like mobile, internet and TV channels are closed in the entire Kashmir valley and in some parts of Jammu region. The occupation authorities also imposed curfew in Kishtwar town after some unknown persons snatched away the rifle of personal security officer of a Peoples Democratic Party leader.

Defying curfew and other restrictions, people took to the streets in Srinagar, Baramulla, Bandipora, Kupwara, Pulwama, Shopian, Islamabad and other areas and staged demonstrations against the scrapping of the special status of the occupied territory by Narendra Modi-led communal government. They raised high-pitched anti-India and pro-freedom slogans. Indian troops used brute force to disperse the protesters.

Meanwhile, Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industries has said that the occupied territory incurred Rs 3,900 crores loss in 39 days of lockdown. The KCCI President, Sheikh Ashiq Ahmad, in a media interview in Srinagar said, on an average Kashmir loses at least Rs 100-120 crores daily due to the lockdown.

Speakers at an event held in Geneva on the sidelines of the 42nd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council demanded that curfew must immediately be lifted in occupied Kashmir and all the fundamental rights of the people, imprisoned in a wider jail, must be restored. The speakers included Member of European Union, Phil Bennion, author and historian Ms Victoria Schofield, member of the UN Committee against Torture, Abdelwahab Hani, former MEP Frank SchwaIba-Hoth, and members of Organization of Kashmir Coalition, Professor Nazir Ahmad Shawl and Barrister Abdul Majeed Tramboo. London-based Jammu and Kashmir Council for Human Rights released 3rd document under agenda items 9 at the ongoing session of UNHRC. The document urged the United Nations to take all possible measures to prevent the situation in occupied Kashmir from deteriorating further.

On the other hand, as resentment against India’s illegal annexation of occupied Kashmir grows, a US lawmaker, Don Beyer, talking to reporters in Washington rejected India’s August 5 decision to annex occupied Kashmir and called it an inappropriate military incursion. Another lawmaker, Senator Tim Kaine, urged the Trump Administration to take the matter more seriously.

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