IOK lockdown enters 88th day

Friday – November 1, 2019
SRINAGAR (India): In Indian occupied Kashmir (IOK), All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) chairman Syed Ali Gilani, on Thursday, said that India cannot alter the disputed status of Jammu and Kashmir by its despotic measures like dividing the territory into two parts.

According to Kashmir Media Service (KMS), normal life remained crippled in the Kashmir Valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu region owing to the unprecedented military clampdown on the 88th straight day, on Thursday. All shops and business establishments remained closed while public transport was off the roads.

Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar, on Thursday, maintained that India was grossly violating the United Nations (UN) resolutions on Kashmir and the international law.

He said by imposing two new puppet dictators in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh as Lieutenant Governors, India wanted to suppress the Kashmiris’ ongoing just struggle for securing their right to self-determination.

However, he said, that such Indian tactics would not be able to force the Kashmiri people into submission.

The APHC chairman maintained that due to recent Indian actions, hatred, resentment and resistance amongst the Kashmiri people against New Delhi had increased manifold.

He said that this volcano could burst any time and the Kashmiris’ anger could take such a shape that would be impossible to be contained by India. He said that the silent protest by Kashmiri people must be taken as a lull before storm.

Gilani paid glowing tributes to sacrifices of the Kashmiri people and urged them to remain steadfast in their just cause of securing freedom from Indian occupation.

Indian administrative service (IAS) officers, Girish Chandra Murmu and Radha Krishna Mathur, took oath as new Lieutenant Governors for Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.

Complete shutdown was observed in Kargil district on the second consecutive day, on Thursday, in protest against the Indian authorities’ decision of bifurcating Jammu and Kashmir.

Reacting to the Indian move, people in the Kashmir Valley said that New Delhi’s decision had robbed them of their identity and special status, terming it as illegal, immoral and unconstitutional as well as against the interests of the residents of the territory. They maintained that the Kashmir dispute is in the UN, which had passed several resolutions for its settlement.

Hurriyat leader, Muhammad Shafi Lone, in a statement in Srinagar said that it was India’s misconception that it could suppress the Kashmiris’ sentiment for freedom through killings and other brutal tactics.

On the other hand, informed sources in Srinagar have said that Narendra Modi-led communal government is all set to implement its plan of Gujarat-like mass killings in occupied Kashmir after officially dividing it into two union territories.

They said that the appointment of Girish Chandra Murmu was part of Modi’s nefarious plan. Murmu was Principal Secretary to Narendra Modi when mass killing of Muslims was carried out in Gujarat in 2002 during his tenure as chief minister.

They said Murmu has now been clandestinely given the task to execute the massacre in occupied Kashmir.

The Communist Party of India Marxist (CPIM) in a statement issued in New Delhi termed as shameful the Modi government’s decision to formally declare separation of Ladakh from Jammu and Kashmir.

In an event of far-reaching consequences, occupied Kashmir was officially split by New Delhi into two union territories at midnight Wednesday against the wishes of the people of the territory and in breach of international laws and India’s own constitution.

Narendra Modi-led Indian government on August 05, 2019, had announced to repeal the special status of occupied Kashmir and divide it into two union territories – Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.

The Indian Home Ministry in a notification issued at midnight Wednesday replaced occupied Kashmir with the “Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir” and “Union Territory of Ladakh” and announced omission of permanent residents or hereditary state subjects.

This move is aimed at changing the demographic composition of occupied Kashmir by allowing the Indian citizens to get permanently settled in the territory. The Indian Ministry also announced a slew of measures, including application of Indian Central Laws to occupied Kashmir.

With the formation of two union territories, the President’s Rule imposed in the occupied territory has been revoked through an order issued by the Indian President, Ram Nath Kovind.

After the collapse of Mehbooba Mufti-led puppet regime in June 2018, occupied Kashmir was put under Governor’s Rule. The territory was under President’s Rule since December 19th, 2018.

On the other hand, thousands of migrant labourers have left occupied Kashmir during past two weeks after the killing of 11 truckers and labourers in South IOK.

According to an official, there were around 50,000 non-Kashmiri labourers working in the territory in mid October this year when the first trucker from Rajasthan was killed two weeks ago.

He said that around 25,000 labourers had fled during last one week and recent killing of 5 West Bengali labourers had led to more panic and exodus of these workers.