Curfew, restrictions remain in force in Kashmir Valley

Laura Christensen
August 11, 2016

Syed Salahuddin, Supreme Commander of Kashmiri militant group Hizbul Mujahideen on Sunday (August 7) predicted a nuclear war between India and Pakistan over the festering Kashmir issue.

At least 65 civilians and two police have been killed in the latest unrest, the worst since 2010, and almost 5,000 protesters and bystanders have been injured.

Large parts of the Indian-controlled Kashmir have been under a 24-hour curfew in recent weeks.

Pakistan says it provides moral and political support to Kashmiris, but denies India's assertions of arming rebels.

India's prime minister has appealed to residents of Indian-controlled Kashmir to shun violence as the Himalayan region remained under a security lockdown and curfew. "This is unbecoming of a Prime Minister and can have very unsafe consequences as far as alienation and isolation in Kashmir is concerned", the senior NC leader and Former Speaker of the Legislative Assembly said.

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More than 68,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed since rebel groups began fighting Indian forces in 1989 and in a subsequent Indian military crackdown.

According to details, more than sixty-five people have been martyred and thousands have been injured due to the unrest in occupied Kashmir, after the killing of freedom fighter Burhan Wani on July 8.

Troops continued firing shotguns to disperse angry crowds, despite warnings from India's home ministry to minimize their use and requests for a ban from local and worldwide rights groups. More than 100 people have also lost eyesight after being hit by pellets.

In Friday's shootings, two protesters were killed in the west of Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir state's summer capital, and one in the north of the city after crowds began attacking police and paramilitary positions following Friday prayers, a senior police officer said. The prime minister conveyed Pakistan's unequivocal support in arranging the best available medical facilities anywhere in the world to such injured people.

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