IOK curfew enters 95th day, Beware of BJP/RSS: APHC

Friday – November 8, 2019
SRINAGAR (India): In Indian occupied Kashmir (IOK), the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC), on Thursday, warned that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) are hell-bent upon implementing their Hindutva agenda in the territory.

According to Kashmir Media Service (KMS), an APHC spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar warned the politicians associated with the so-called mainstream parties that they should, in no case, cooperate with the BJP and RSS who have robbed the Kashmiris of their identity.

The spokesman emphasised that the people of IOK will treat BJP collaborators as their enemies and traitors of the Kashmir cause.

The people living in the IOK Valley continue to observe silent protest as a mark of civil disobedience against Indian occupation and repeal of special status of the territory by Modi government.

The situation remains far from normal in the IOK Valley as well as Muslim majority areas of Jammu and Ladakh regions on the 95th day, on Thursday. Shops are closed, public transport is off the roads while schools and offices continue to give a deserted look.

Internet across all platforms and prepaid mobile services are totally snapped while restrictions under Section 144 remain enforced in the territory.

As per a story carried by the international media, on Thursday, experts have said that IOK women are suffering from the lockdown in their own less visible way.

They cannot leave their homes without a male companion out of fear that they will be harassed by soldiers. Sumaira Bilal, wife of Bilal Ahmed, who was detained on the night of August 5, says that her daughter points to the window often and calls for her father “Baba, Baba, when are you coming back?”.

Similarly, Kulsuma Rameez was unable to go shopping for her wedding dress and she was married in a borrowed dress at a small ceremony attended by a few relatives and neighbours, instead.

President of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, Maulana Syed Arshad Madani, addressing a news conference in New Delhi suggested to the Indian government to take people of Kashmir into confidence and open the door of dialogue for resolving the Kashmir dispute.

He said they are extremely worried that the people of Kashmir continue to be deprived of a wide range of human rights, including healthcare facilities.

Foreign Minister of Finland, which holds the rotating presidency of European Union (EU) until January 2020, has said situation is not normal in occupied Kashmir.

The Finnish Foreign Minister, Pekka Haavisto in an interview in New Delhi said that India should allow the United Nations (UN) observers and diplomatic missions to visit occupied Kashmir.

He rejected last week’s visit by a delegation of selected European lawmakers to the occupied Kashmir.