Kashmir under siege on 44th consecutive day

ISLAMABAD, Sep 17 (APP):The curfew and communications blackout across Indian Occupied Kashmir entered 44th day on Tuesday amid shops and business establishments remained shut and schools without attendance.

The schools remain open across the Valley but the students fail to turn up as parents are unwilling to send their wards to schools. The attendance in government offices also remained thin, Kashmir Media Service reported.

The mobile telephone services and internet including broadband services continued to remain suspended since August 5.

Due to the ongoing military clampdown, the people of the Kashmir valley were facing acute shortage of basic essentials including food, milk and life-saving drugs. Under the prevailing circumstances, the local newspapers find it difficult to hit the stands, while they couldn’t update their online editions.

Meanwhile, reacting to unprecedented curfew, communications blackout and arrest of Kashmiri leaders including Farooq Abdullah, National Conference in a statement said the territory is under martial law and democratic and constitutional principles have been forsaken.

“Farooq’s arrest has blown to shreds the lies of New Delhi that people have welcomed Article 370 decision. It will have serious consequences,” the NC warned.

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