Life remains paralyzed amid curfew in India-held Kashmir

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SRINAGAR (Web Desk / AFP) – In occupied Kashmir, normal life continues to remain paralyzed for the 69th consecutive day, Thursday, where heavy deployment of Indian forces’ personnel has been made by the puppet authorities to prevent people from staging demonstrations against civilian killings.

All shops, business establishments and educational institutions are closed while transport is off the road on the call of united resistance Hurriyet leadership comprising the All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani, and Hurriyet leaders, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik.

The occupation authorities also continue to suspend broadband internet services across the valley.

Yesterday, Delhi airport authorities barred a prominent Kashmiri activist from flying out of India despite holding a valid visa, a move his group described as an attempt to deny human rights in the violence-hit region.

Khurram Pervez, coordinator of the Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS), was on his way to Switzerland when immigration officials detained and blocked him from boarding his flight at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International airport.

He was scheduled to attend a UN Human Rights Council session from September 14-24 in Geneva, where he was expected to brief officials on the ongoing situation in Kashmir — an area that has been reeling from almost daily protests and violence.

Authorities “told (Pervez) that due to orders from the Intelligence Bureau, he cannot travel to Geneva”.

“It appears that Khurram Parvez is not being allowed to travel because he has been highlighting violations of human rights,” Parvez Imroz, president of JKCCS, said in a statement.

“The Indian State seeks to isolate the people of… Kashmir at all costs, and disallowing human rights activists’ access to the UN is a part of this attempt to isolate and ensure impunity for violence and denial of human rights.”

It is to mention here that over 100 civilians have been killed and more than 11, 500 injured due to the firing of pellets, bullets and teargas shells by Indian police and troops on protesters during the ongoing Kashmir Intifada.

The Intifada was triggered by the killing of top commander of Hizbul Mujahideen, Burhan Muzaffar Wani, in a fake encounter by Indian troops on July 8, this year.

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