Clampdown ordered by India in held Kashmir
On Friday, 7th July 2017, the Indian authorities had shut down the internet in disputed Kashmir furthermore they had sealed off the hometown of a slain Hizbul Mujahideen leader just a day before the anniversary of his killing by the Indian army. The killing had fuelled further unrest across the Himalayan region.
On 8th July 2016, Burhan Wani, Hizbul Mujahideen group commander who was best known for appearing on social media in military fatigues in order to urge the young people to join the fight against Indian forces, had been killed in southern Kashmir.
According to witnesses on Friday, in a bid to forestall gatherings and demonstrations the police had halted people’s movements in his hometown of Tral.
Furthermore a security alert had been enforced across the Kashmir Valley, police inspector genral Muneer Ahmad Khan said that some preventive arrests have also been made ahead of Saturday’s anniversary.
He said that “The alert is not only for unlawful assembly of people and rallies but also for militant strikes,”
India has blamed Pakistan for pushing in militants from its part of the Kashmir in order to carry out attacks, the charge has been denied by Islamabad. The two South Asian rivals over the Muslim majority Kashmir, which they both claim have had fought two of their three wars ever since independence in 1947.
On Thursday, 6th July 2017, authorities had ordered the shutdown of internet service in Held Kashmir; they had cited the risk of anti-India forces using social media to stir up unrest.
Ever since Wani’s killing, India has struggled to restore normalcy in Held Kashmir, it has deployed thousands of more soldiers, however Wani’s death has appeared to breathe new life into the 28-year armed revolt that had stalled and was drifting, with little international attention.
A strike on Saturday to mark Wani’s killing was called upon by Pakistan based Kashmiri commander, whom the United States had added to its list of global terrorists last week.
United Jihad Council of Syed Salahuddin, which is an umbrella body of anti-India fighters based in Azad Kashmir, had been incensed by the US designation, vowing to continue its struggle to liberate Kashmir.
According to the witnesses most shops had been closed in Srinagar and the traffic thin ahead of the anniversary. Movement of people to the city’s old quarter which has often erupted in violence has been restricted by the authorities.
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