Kashmir Unrest: Death toll rises to over 40 in six days of clashes
As the death toll from the deadly clashes rises to more than 40, since the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on Friday, the pro-independence groups have also extended the shutdown by two more days until tomorrow (Friday).
The chiefs of their factions of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, were detained by police after they defied restrictions and tried to lead protest marches.
In a letter to the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, Kashmiri leader, Ghulam Nabi Fai has stressed that the Kashmiris are demanding freedom on the streets, shedding their blood.
When Indian forces announced last week that they had killed Burhan Wani, they clearly did not expect the backlash that followed – an outpouring of public anger, daily protests and dozens dead in the streets.
The killing of Burhan Wani drew tens of thousands to rise up and renew demands for freedom, from Indian rule.
Each day this week has brought a new surge of resistance by young, rock-throwing protesters in jeans and bandanas defying curfews to face down Indian troops firing live ammunition, pellet guns and tear gas.
When news spread that Indian troops had killed him and two other militants Friday night, the response was immediate: Tens of thousands of angry youths poured out of their homes in towns and villages, hurling rocks and bricks and shouting at Indian troops in the streets.
Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif reacted on Wednesday by condemning the killings of Kashmiris and reiterating that the world needs to recognise the aspirations of Kashmiri people, their struggle for freedom and help resolve the longstanding dispute.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said the voice and struggle of Kashmiri youth cannot be suppressed through the use of brutal force.