CASO enters 16th day, IOK lockdown reaches 69th day

Sunday – October 13, 2019
SRINAGAR (India): In Indian occupied Kashmir (IOK), Indian troops continued the cordon and search operation (CASO) in Ganderbal district on 16th consecutive day, on Saturday; the people of IOK Valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu region continue to suffer immensely as the strict military lockdown imposed by the Indian government remained intact on 69th consecutive day.

According to Kashmir Media Service (KMS), the operation, which was launched by the Indian troops in Naranag, Trumkhal Gangbal and other areas of the district on September 27, has turned out to be the longest operation in the last 15 months.

Indian para-commandos, who were airdropped, are also taking part in the operation. The troops have martyred four youth during the CASO.

At least 7 people were injured after unidentified persons lobbed a grenade in Hari Singh High Street area of Srinagar, on Saturday. Soon after the incident, Indian police and troops cordoned off the area and launched searches to nab the attackers.

Indian government has admitted that there were over 330 incidents of protests in occupied Kashmir in last two months after Article 370, which granted special status to the territory, was revoked.

The internal security report of the Indian government stated that most of these demonstrations were stone-pelting incidents which were followed by civil protests. The report said that 67 percent of these protests were held in Srinagar, Badgam and Pulwama.

Amid suspension of mobile and internet services and absence of public transport, the residents are facing acute shortage of basic items of daily use including food and medicines.

People keep their shops and business establishments closed as a mark of silent protest against Indian occupation. The cosmetic measures like restoration of landline phones by the Indian government have failed to mitigate the hardships of the residents.

In a tacit admission that situation is not normal in occupied Kashmir, Indian authorities have issued a jacket advertisement in local newspapers, in a bid to persuade the people to end the self-imposed continued shutdown.

In the first of the series of advertisements, the occupation authorities have tried to tell the people about the benefits of the repeal of special status of IOK.

On the other hand, Indian media quoting officials reported that Modi government is considering restricting imports of some products from Malaysia including palm oil in reaction to its stance on Kashmir dispute.

The Indian government was angered after Malaysian prime minister (PM) Mahathir Mohamad said last month at the United Nations (UN) that India had invaded occupied Kashmir and asked New Delhi to work with Pakistan to resolve the Kashmir dispute.

Officials said that the Indian government was also planning some restrictions on imports from Turkey, which issued repeated statements on IOK.