Normal life remains affected for 43rd day today » Kashmir Media Service

Curfew tightened in Kishtwar to prevent funeral

Srinagar, September 16 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, normal life remained affected for the 43rd consecutive day, today, due to curfew and communications blackout with massive Indian forces’ fortified and bullet-proof bunkers returning to Srinagar and other parts of the Valley.

Some of these bunkers have been built in Srinagar’s Jehangir Chowk, Iqbal Sabzi Mandi, Bakshi Stadium and SMHS hospital areas causing huge inconvenience to the commuters. Curfew and other restrictions have generated a humanitarian crisis as shortage of daily commodities has hit hard the residents of Kashmir valley and parts of Jammu region. All shops remained shut and public transport was off the roads. Education, too, has taken the worst beating because of the military clampdown.

Meanwhile, Indian authorities further tightened curfew in Kishtwar area of Jammu region to deny funeral prayers of prominent leader of Jamaat-e-Islami, Master Ghulam Nabi Gundana, who died, yesterday. The authorities had seized the property of the deceased and attached his bank accounts after India imposed ban on Jamaat-e-Islami of occupied Kashmir, this year.

International human rights watchdog, Human Rights Watch, has urged India to immediately release detained Kashmiris who have not been charged with a recognizable offense. The global human rights organization said that many detainees had not been allowed to contact their families or lawyers. It also asked the Indian government to release a list of all detainees and their whereabouts.

The All Parties Hurriyat Conference leaders Bilal Ahmad Siddiqi and Zamrooda Habib in their separate statements strongly condemned curfew and communications blockade in the territory. They urged the International community to take action of Indian barbarism in occupied Kashmir.

The APHC AJK at a meeting in Islamabad, today, appealed to the world community to play its role in resolving the Kashmir dispute. Former President of Jamaat-e-Islami Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Member Legislative Assembly, Abdul Rashid Turabi addressing Wahdat Ummah conference at Ankara in Turkey urged Muslim leaders to raise Kashmir and Palestine issues before the United Nations with full force and unity. The event was organized by Centre for Research Islamic Union, a Turkish Think.

Former puppet Chief Minister and National Conference leader, Farooq Abdullah was detained under draconian law, Public Safety Act, last night. Earlier, he had been kept under house arrest at his Srinagar residence since the abrogation of Article 370 on the 5th of August.

An Indian paramilitary officer was found dead in his camp in Jammu district. The Indian Central Reserve Police Force officer identified as ASI SK Dass was found dead in the Channi Rama army camp in the district.

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