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Friday prayers still forbidden in Kashmir valley as military siege continues

Arhama AltafWeb Editor

20th Dec, 2019. 10:05 am
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Indian Supreme Court asked the officials to review Internet suspension and other limitations enforced in Indian Occupied Kashmir.

Another Friday is here since August 5 and the Muslims in Occupied Kashmir still face strict military siege on the 138th consecutive day.

Normal life continues to remain crippled in the Kashmir Valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu and Ladakh regions.

The increasing chill after fresh rains and snowfall has added to the miseries of the people of Occupied Kashmir.

They were already suffering immensely due to Indian military lockdown since August 5.

The lockdown includes restrictions on religious gatherings in Muslim-majority region.

The authorities banned the entry of people into Kashmir’s mosques, where devotees offered their prayers five times a day.

On Fridays, the Jama Masjid in Srinagar used to be thronged by thousands of Muslims from all over the valley.

But December 13, the last Friday marked the 18th straight Friday when prayers could not take place at the mosque.

Due to continued lockdown, people could not stock essential commodities for the harsh winter.

An age-old practice as Srinagar-Jammu Highway, the only surface link of the territory remains closed for most of the season.

Restrictions under Section 144 remain enforced and thousands of Indian forces’ personnel are present in every nook and corner of the valley.

They also add to the fear and anxiety of the people.

Barring partial restoration of landline and postpaid cellular phones, communications links including internet and prepaid mobile connections remain totally snapped.

Shops continue to remain shut most of the time except for few hours in the day and hardly any public transport seen on the roads.

Schools and offices are open but few turn up there.

However, some private transport is plying and roadside vendors are doing their businesses to make their both ends meet.

Hundreds of Kashmiris massacred by the forces of Maharaja Hari Singh.

Indian Army and Hindu fanatics affiliated with RSS and other communal organizations in different parts of Jammu region.

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