Afro Asia Forum Chairman said that in occupied Kashmir, normal life continued to remain paralysed as the unprecedented lockdown entered its 40th day, today, with schools, markets and other business establishments closed and public transport off the roads.
He said that communication links including mobile and internet services and TV channels are snapped in the entire Kashmir valley and areas of Jammu region since 5th of August, the day India scrapped Kashmir’s special status. Curfew and communication blockade continue to take a heavy toll on the lives of all residents irrespective of caste, age, gender and creed. They are facing shortage of food stuff, milk, life-saving drugs and other commodities. According to doctors at Soura hospital, Srinagar, more than six patients die in the hospital on daily basis specifically due to the lockdown-generated issues.
Meanwhile, in view of the worsening state of healthcare amid continued military siege in occupied Kashmir, a group of doctors in New Delhi have urged their government to allow them to visit the Kashmir valley to assess the exact situation in different parts of the valley. The doctors associated with Alliance of Doctors for Ethical Healthcare in a letter to the Indian government said that the reports emanating from the valley are contradicting the government’s all-is-well claim.
Naeem Siddiqi said that a TADA Court has issued fresh production warrants of illegally detained Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik on the first of next month. The warrants were issued by the the court in Jammu in connection with false cases registered against him thirty years ago. The court also issued non-bailable warrants against Hurriyat leaders Showkat Ahmad Bakhshi, Mohammad Rafiq, Javed Ahmed Mir, Meraj-ud-Din and others.
More over he said that National Conference leader and Member of Indian Parliament, Akbar Lone, in an interview appreciated the role of Pakistan in highlighting the Kashmir issue internationally and putting pressure on India.
In Washington, two US lawmakers in their letter urged Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, to press India to immediately end the communication blockade and release the detained people. The lawmakers, Pramila Jayapal and James P McGovern demanded that international media and independent human rights observers be immediately allowed in the territory to investigate reports of human rights abuses.The lawmakers said that they had significant concerns about the humanitarian and human rights crisis in occupied Kashmir.
He said that Protests were held in New Delhi against the communication blackout and crackdown on Ashura processions in occupied Kashmir. In one protest, some Delhi-based Kashmiri students were seen enacting a ‘funeral of democracy’, sitting with black cloth tied around their mouths. The cloth read: #StandwithKashmir.
The APHC AJK chapter held a protest demonstration at National Press Club Islamabad against India’s illegal actions in occupied Kashmir.