Inhumane IOK lockdown enters 132nd day

Sunday – December 15, 2019
SRINAGAR (India): In Indian occupied Kashmir (IOK), the increase in chill after fresh rains and snowfall has added to the miseries of the people, who have already been suffering immensely due to strict military valley-wide lockdown that entered 132nd consecutive day, on Saturday.

According to Kashmir Media Service (KMS), the residents of the valley have more difficult days to face as they could not stock essential commodities for the harsh winter.

Usually, the people used to store edibles and firewood before the onset of the winter season as part of the age-old practice keeping in view the closure of Srinagar-Jammu highway, the only surface link of the occupied territory, during most of the season.

However, this year, they could not do so owing to continued inhumane lockdown. The valley remained cut off from rest of the world on the third consecutive day, on Saturday, due to closure of the highway.

The ground situation in the IOK Valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu and Ladakh regions remained grim on 132nd consecutive day, on Saturday, because of the restrictions and suspension of internet services.

The president of Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK), Suhail Naik, in a statement in Srinagar, demanded restoration of the internet service to hospitals on urgent basis.

An officer of an Indian intelligence agency hurled life threats to the elderly parents of a Kashmiri student of New Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University hailing from Kulgam, Aejaz Ahmed Rathar. The doctor of philosophy (PhD) scholar of history, Rathar told media that an intelligence officer in plainclothes grilled his parents and told them that a bullet does not ask for an address, leaving them deeply upset.

Rathar has appeared on television (TV) debates on the removal of the Jammu and Kashmir’s special status.

The chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Pir Panjal Freedom Movement, Qazi Irshad, addressing a party meeting in Jammu said that the illegal and unilateral actions of Indian government will not change the disputed status of Kashmir.

The chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Freedom League, Muhammad Farooq Rehmani, in a statement issued in Islamabad paid glowing tributes to noted warrior commander, Abdul Khaliq Ganai alias Jamal Afghani, on the eve of his 26th martyrdom anniversary.

The president of Genocide Watch, Gregory Stanton, at a United States (US) congressional briefing in Washington said, persecution of Muslims in Assam and Kashmir is the stage just before genocide and the next stage is extermination that is called genocide.

The congressional briefing was held by three US-based civil society organisations, the Indian American Muslim Council, Emgage Action, and Hindus for Human Rights.

Angana Chatterji, a scholar with University of California, Berkeley, who also participated in the briefing via video link, slammed the crackdown in occupied Kashmir since Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led Narendra Modi government revoked special status of Kashmir on August 5th.

Raqib Hameed Naik, a journalist from occupied Kashmir, said that the ongoing lockdown in the occupied territory was one of the worst sieges in the last decade.