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Kashmir siege enters day 92

Anum RizwanWeb Editor

04th Nov, 2019. 11:43 am
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In occupied Kashmir, 92 days on, situation is still far from normal in the Kashmir Valley and Muslim Majority areas of Jammu and Ladakh regions as Indian forces remain deployed in huge numbers and restrictions in place under Section 144.

While landline connections and voice calls on postpaid cellular networks have been partially restored, but ban on internet across all platforms and prepaid mobile phones remain enforced in the territory.

As a mark of unprecedented silent resistance against Indian occupation and its August 5 illegal action, people continue to keep their shops shut except for a brief two-hour period in the morning or evening, students stay away from schools and very thin attendance is witnessed in government and private offices. Public transport is also off the roads.

Since 31 October, day when India officially deprived Jammu and Kashmir of its special status, the valley has witnessed several protests. IOK administration has imposed ban on more than 450 people including businessmen, journalists, lawyers and political activists to travel abroad.

The list was prepared in the wake of the revocation of special status and downgrading of J&K into two Union Territories on 5th August.

The mountainous region of Ladakh, previously a part of the state, has been separated and turned into another standalone territory from October 31, 2019.

Modi-led government has announced to repeal the special status of occupied Kashmir and divide it into two union territories, Jammu and Kashmir and, Ladakh, which will directly be governed by Delhi.

Indian Administrative Service Officers, Girish Chandra Murmu and Radha Krishna Mathur, have been appointed the new Lieutenant Governors for the UTs of J&K and Ladakh respectively.

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