In occupied Kashmir, people could not offer Eid prayers and slaughter sacrificial animals on Eid-ul-Azha, one of the biggest Muslim festivals, due to continued curfew and communication blackout on the eighth straight day, today.
The entire occupied territory including Doda and Kishtwar areas of Jammu region is facing a clampdown since last Monday when India unilaterally revoked Article 370 of the Indian Constitution that granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Announcements were made on loudspeakers and people were warned not to come out of their houses.
An Indian TV channel while reporting on Kashmir admitted that restrictions were so harsh that even a fly was not allowed to move. All the mosques and the shrines including Kashmir’s largest mosque, Jamia Masjid Srinagar, were closed. The observers said that no such restrictions were witnessed in the valley in the past in the occupied territory.
Eid prayers were allowed only in a few small mosques located in peripheral areas of the Kashmir valley. As the people finished prayers, they started anti-India protests, and the authorities immediately re-imposed curfew. The web pages of all local newspapers could not be updated since that day and the internet as well as telephone lines remained suspended.
The political leadership including Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai and former puppet chief ministers Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti are in house detention or in jails. Over 900 people have been arrested during the past one week.