Occupied Kashmir shuts down ahead of Indian SC hearing on region's autonomy

By AFP
Published: August 30, 2018
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Indian paramilitary troopers stand guard as a Kashmiri woman walks past during the first day of a strike.

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Indian paramilitary troopers stand guard as a Kashmiri woman walks past during the first day of a strike. PHOTO:AFP

SRINAGAR: A general strike and curfew brought Indian-occupied Kashmir to a standstill Thursday ahead of a landmark Indian Supreme Court hearing centred on the region’s autonomy.

Separatist leaders have threatened major protests if the Supreme Court annuls a constitutional provision that bars Indians from outside occupied-Kashmir from buying land or seeking government jobs in the territory.

Indian paramilitary troopers. PHOTO:AFP

Indian paramilitary troops.
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Businesses, schools and public transport across Kashmir followed demands to stay closed while government forces rolled out razor wire and spiked steel barriers across deserted roads in the main city Srinagar to block demonstrations.

Indian paramilitary troopers patrol past pigeons during the first day of a strike . PHOTO:AFP

Indian paramilitary troopers patrol past pigeons during the first day of a strike .
PHOTO:AFP

Indian troops kill at least 20 youths during search operations in occupied Kashmir

Srinagar residents said they were prevented from going out on the streets by major deployments of police and paramilitary troops.
“It is a curfew. No-one can go out,” one school teacher in the city told AFP.

An Indian paramilitary trooper stands guard as Kashmiri women walk past during the first day of a strike. PHOTO:AFP

An Indian paramilitary trooper stands guard as Kashmiri women walk past during the first day of a strike.
PHOTO:AFP

Friday’s hearing in New Delhi has caused a major spike in tensions, adding to the near-daily deaths in battles between government troops and freedom fighters.

Government forces killed two suspected freedom fighters in a gun battle in the northern district of Hajin during search operations Thursday. On Wednesday, freedom fighters killed four police officers while Indian troops killed two freedom fighters.

Indian paramilitary troopers stand guard. PHOTO:AFP

Indian paramilitary troopers stand guard.
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Pakistan, UN disappointed by Indian response to Kashmir report

Groups working for the end of Indian occupation say the legal challenge against the special privileges, which date back to 1954, is a bid by India’s Hindu nationalist government to alter Kashmir’s religious make-up.

“I caution the freedom loving people of the state to remain vigilant against these ploys to change the Muslim-majority character of the state,” top leader Syed Ali Geelani said in a statement released late Wednesday calling for the strike.

Indian paramilitary troopers question a Kashmiri boy during the first day of a strike. PHOTO:AFP

Indian paramilitary troopers question a Kashmiri boy during the first day of a strike.
PHOTO:AFP

Kashmir has been divided between Indian and Pakistani sectors since their independence and split in 1947.

India to resume military strikes on occupied Kashmir ‘militants’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wants to end Jammu and Kashmir state’s special status in Indian law, saying it is an obstacle to outside investment.

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  • Afzal R
    Aug 30, 2018 - 4:06PM

    With about 650,000 military & para-military forces deployed in occupied Kashmir. This is currently the most militarized occupation on earth. The deplorable human rights record of the Indian forces is paralleled only by the Israeli atrocities in Palestine.
    It would appear that with the cozy India-Israel relationship that exists today, Israel has been training Indian forces in the macabre art of killing, torture & rape of civilians.Recommend

  • Dr.Nirode Mohanty
    Aug 31, 2018 - 7:18AM

    Kashmir constututes only 15% of J&K area.Only seven million Muslims live there and more than 200 million Muslims live in India,outside Kashmir.Jammu and Ladhak will never join Pakistan.In the interest of Kashmir, they should welcome investors, rejecting communal bondage, to enhance the prosperity of the state.Recommend

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