The occupied Kashmir completed a full month under the siege of brutal Indian forces where unrelenting communications blackout and curfew have brought the normal life to a grinding halt with markets continue to remain shut and public transport is off the roads.
The Kashmir valley and five districts of Jammu region have no contact with the rest of the world due to curfew, suspension of internet, mobile and landline phones and closure of TV channels. India imposed the clampdown after scrapping Jammu and Kashmir’s special status on August 5.
The worst type of humanitarian crisis is looming large on the horizon of the occupied territory as people have been badly hit by unavailability of food, medicines and other commodities. Patients are dying due to travel restrictions and also shortage of medicines in hospitals.
A grim future also awaits the IOK businessmen as shops and business establishments remain closed for a full a month now. Traders say routine business is impossible in the absence of freedom of movement and mobile and Internet facilities. An estimated financial loss of around Rs five billion has been suffered by the industrialists in Jammu alone.
Since August 5, over 11,000 political leaders and workers have been placed under house arrest or in jails. A good number of young boys as old as 12 years of age have been picked up by the occupational forces during night raids and shifted to unknown locations. The family members of the abducted youth are unaware of the fate and whereabouts of their dear ones.
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27 September, 2019