Srinagar, October 21 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the environment of fear and uncertainty continues to grip the Kashmir Valley as well as Muslim majority areas of Jammu region and Ladakh division due to the ongoing Indian military lockdown, which entered 78th straight day, today.

Besides ban on internet across all platforms, prepaid cellular services continue to remain suspended. Shops and business establishment except for few hours in the morning and evening continue to remain shut, educational institutions are deserted and public transport is off the roads.

Presence of government employees in the offices remains thin. The shutdown is seen as a mark of silent protest against India’s occupation and its Aug 5 illegal move. Besides hitting hard lakhs of customers, particularly students, professionals and media persons, the total gag on internet is severely affecting health services in the territory. There is a shortage of life saving drugs as the internet shutdown makes it difficult for chemists to place online orders and receive deliveries on time. »

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Islamabad, October 19 (KMS): The APHC-AJK chapter leader and the Vice Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Employees Movement, Imtiaz Wani, has denounced the continued military lockdown and communications blackout imposed by Indian government in occupied Kashmir.

Imtiaz Wani in a statement issued in Islamabad said that India was following its repressive policy to suppress the Kashmiris’ voice through use of brute force. He said that the Indian government wanted to weaken the freedom sentiment of the people of occupied Kashmir through different tactics but would never succeed in its nefarious designs.

He said that India had created tense situation on the Line of Control, besides imposing draconian laws, curbing political activities and committing state terrorism in occupied Kashmir which were very dangerous and needed prompt actions by the international community. »

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Srinagar, October 19 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the people of Kashmir Valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu region continue to suffer immensely due to strict military siege imposed by India.

Normal life remains crippled on the 76th consecutive day, today, in the Kashmir Valley and parts of Jammu due to restrictions and gag on internet and cellular services barring partial restoration of postpaid connections and landline phones.

Despite the authorities’ efforts to restore normalcy in occupied Kashmir, people continue to observe shutdown as a silent protest against India’s recent actions in the territory. Shops and business establishments remain closed most of the time except for few hours in the morning and evening. Although private vehicles are plying on the roads, but people particularly patients and doctors are facing difficulties in reaching the hospitals in the absence of public transport. »

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Srinagar, October 18 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, normal life continues to remain affected for the 75th straight day, today, in the Kashmir Valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu region due to the Indian military lockdown and suspension of internet and prepaid cellular services.

Shop and business establishments continue to remain closed except for few hours in the morning and evening. Private vehicles are plying on the roads but absence of public transport is adding to people’s woes. All educational institutions, including schools, colleges and universities are without students as uncertainty and atmosphere of scare are preventing them to attend the classes. »

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Srinagar, October 15 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, normal life continues to remain paralyzed on the 72nd straight day, today, across the territory.

Restrictions continue to remain imposed, shops closed except for few hours in the morning and evening, and schools and offices are empty and public transport is off the roads.

Heavy deployment of Indian forces and ban on pre-paid phones and internet services are causing great inconveniences to the people throughout the territory and what is adding to their agony is that the IOK administration has not given any indication of the internet being restored anytime soon.

Lack of communications has also inflicted untold miseries on the people. Not only have social interactions been severely affected but the economy has also suffered. Patients are the worst victims of the military clampdown. It has effectively cut people off not only from their immediate surroundings but also from the world. The information void in the absence of internet is often giving rise to the rumours and uncertainty. »

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Civil disobedience new mode of resistance

Srinagar, October 14 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the situation remains unchanged on the 71st day of the military siege and communications blackout in the Kashmir Valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu region, today.

Main markets are shut and public transport is off the roads. Barring a few officials, no one is turning up to offices and educational institutions. People are keeping their shops closed throughout the day and are not attending offices as an act of resistance against the Indian occupation and its unilateral decision to revoke Kashmir’s special status. Indian army personnel are deployed in every nook and corner of the territory created a fear among the general masses. Although, the authorities claimed that postpaid mobile phones were activated today, but all prepaid phones and Internet continue to remain shut. »

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Srinagar, October 13 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the communication blockade has affected more people than just its residents.

It has been over two months since the Indian government took the decision to scrap Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and suspend mobile connectivity and internet services in the territory.

An Indian Army soldier from Uttarakhand, while talking about the communication blockade said, “How many times will we go to the company to call home? I just find an STD booth when I can and talk to my family for a minute or two. Having your own phone is different. Now I just ask if everything is okay at home and end the conversation.” »

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Srinagar, October 13 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Srinagar’s central jail is brimming with thousands of young men who have been arrested and detained since August 5 – the day India repealed special status of Kashmir.

Family members of the detainees wade through endless check points before they reach Martyrs Park in Srinagar, which has become a makeshift waiting room. Family members wait in the park for their loved ones’ number to be called.

Showkat Ahmed and his other family members travelled 68 kilometers from Damhal, the village where they live, in hopes of meeting his brother, a student who was arrested on August 21. »

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New Delhi, October 13 (KMS): Civil rights activists in India have urged the Indian government to restore special status of occupied Kashmir and take steps to bring back normalcy in the territory.

Addressing news conference at the Press Club in New Delhi, social activist, Shabnam Hashmi, said that the abrogation of Article 370, which gave special status to occupied Kashmir, was a mindless exercise carried out by the BJP-led government.

She said Modi government first did demonetisation and said this will end terrorism, then it claimed of carrying out surgical strikes and said terror had ended. On February 26, after the Balakot airstrike, they claimed of killing around 600 militants. “Now, they have published an advertisement in newspapers, saying shops and schools are shut in the Kashmir Valley due to the fear of militants. If the government has killed all the militants, then whom they are talking about now,” she said. »

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Strict lockdown enters 68th consecutive day

Srinagar, October 11 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, people living in the Kashmir Valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu region continue to face severe hardships due to the crippling clampdown imposed by India that entered 68th consecutive day, today.

Besides facing shortage of essential commodities including food and medicines due to on and off restrictions and shutdown, the people find it very difficult to know about their near and dear ones living within the territory or outside it as the communications lines barring some landline phones are cut and public transport is unavailable.

There have been certain cases when families came to know about the death of their relatives after a week or so. Reports have also come out that some people died because they could not be taken to hospitals on time due to the lockdown. »

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