Kashmir unrest enters 7th day amid ‘Black Day’ in AJK
Fearing more protests after Friday prayers today, Indian security personnel have imposed curfew in parts of the troubled valley.
Meanwhile, the Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) government is observing a ‘Black Day’ in their side of Kashmir against the violation of human rights and killing of more than 40 civilians by the Indian security personnel on the other side.
On the call of senior Hurriyat Leaders and other local groups, a shutdown has been continuing in protest against the deaths of demonstrators in clashes with Indian security personnel.
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.
When Indian forces announced last week that they had killed a young Hizbul Mujahideen commander 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 Wani drew tens of thousands to rise up and renew demands for freedom, from the unjust Indian rule.
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.
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.
The United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had offered to mediate Pak-India peace talks amid heightening tensions in Kashmir.