Death toll in held Kashmir rises to 113 amid UNGA session
Thousands of civilians defy curfew in various parts of the divided Himalayan region on a daily basis and clash with Indian security forces during which at least 113 people mostly civilians have died while leaving the number of injured in thousands.
A prolonged curfew, communication blackouts and a tightening crackdown have failed to stop some of the largest protests in Kashmir against Indian rule in recent years, triggered by the killing of a separatist rebel commander Burhan Wani on July 8 this year.
Since then, tens of thousands of people have defied security restrictions, staged protests and clashed with government forces on a daily basis to seek an end to Indian rule.
They want either freedom from the Indian rule or a merger with Pakistan.
Hurriyat leaders have requested the locals in the held Kashmir to continue their strike in the region until tomorrow, ARY News reported on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif phoned Chief of the Army Staffs (COAS) General Raheel Sharif from the United States and discussed latest developments in the region after Sunday’s attacked on an army base in divided Kashmir killed 18 Indian soldiers.
Indian army blamed the raid – the worst on Indian troops for over a decade in the region – on Pakistan, which it had denied saying, it was an attempt to divert world’s attention from the human rights violation in Kashmir.