It is also the latest incarnation of the Indian government’s goals of a settler-colonial policy for the valley, which Kashmiri academics and scholars have long warned is the ultimate ambitions of the Indian state.
The Indian government claims that the situation in the occupied territory was under control but as per media reports, the presence of barbed wires in every chowk of the Jammu city proves that everything is not normal.
Police said there are no curfew restrictions in any part of the valley today. However, restrictions under Section 144 CrPC, prohibiting an assembly of four or more persons, continued as a precautionary measure in the valley on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, normal life remained badly affected in the Kashmir Valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu and Ladakh regions as unprecedented and inhuman lockdown continued on 94th consecutive day, today.
Muzamil Mattoo, a freelance photographer, said that they reached Khanyar to cover a protest demonstration. We were in between personnel of police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) near Khanyar Chowk when a policeman pointed his pellet gun towards us and fired, he said.
“China deplores and firmly opposes that. India unilaterally changed its domestic laws and administrative division challenging China’s sovereignty,” he said replying to a question.
The day is also being observed as a Black Day in Kargil. All shops, business establishments, schools and the majority of offices are closed on the call given by the Joint Action Committee (JAC).
“Some elements are instigating Jihad and armed struggle against the Indian forces which will be great damage to the Kashmir cause, and is against the interest of Pakistan as well,” he said.
The ongoing closure in Kashmir has crippled the valley’s economy as the business community has suffered losses amounting to over Rs 10,000 crore in three months, a trade body said here.
The club lashed out at India for violating the rights of the journalists in Kashmir. A press release dated August 22 by the club announcing the award quotes the club president: “It is completely unacceptable for India to violate the basic human rights of reporters and to deny the people of Kashmir access to unfiltered information through an unfettered press.”