JD(U) holds Congress responsible for unrest in Kashmir

Paying homage to Kashmiri leader Burhan Wani at his first death anniversary, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday said Wani's martyrdom had exposed the Indian propaganda about foreign interference and proved that the freedom "movement in held Kashmir is indigenous".

India on Sunday strongly criticised the Pakistani Army Chief, Qamar Javed Bajwa, for his praise of the slain Kashmiri militant Burhan Wani. We will keep reviewing the situation on an hourly basis. However, the unrest continued for about five months after Wani's death in which 78 people, including two police personnel, were killed.

The disputed region has seen an explosion of protests against Indian rule since government forces shot and killed Burhan Wani a year ago. A strong protest was also lodged over the death of two Indian civilians in Saturday's ceasefire violations by Pakistan.

Syed Salahuddin's United Jihad Council, an umbrella body of anti-India militants based in Pakistan-held Kashmir, vowed to continue its struggle to liberate Kashmir and called upon Islamabad to support their efforts "militarily".

Almost 90,000 yatris have so far paid obeisance at the holy cave located at an altitude of 3,888-metre in south Kashmir.

Providing security for this year's yatra has been a major concern for the Home Ministry as the pilgrimage is facing a terror threat, according to an intelligence warning.

Over 1.26 lakh yatris have paid obeisance at the Amarnath cave since the commencement of the 40-day long yatra from June 29.

One senior police official, who wished to remain anonymous, said that authorities had not ordered an official curfew in the city, but had invoked a colonial-era law that bans assembly of more than four people and is often used to prevent rioting. "He killed many innocent people and the entire country knows what is the fate of a terrorist", he said. Also, over 80 young men from these areas had joined terrorist ranks after Wani's death.

As a precautionary measure, the State police on Thursday directed internet service providers to block all social media sites or shut down their services in Kashmir from 10 pm on Thursday till further orders.

Also mobile internet services including BSNL broadband were suspended across valley in view of the militant commander's anniversary.

Sharif in a message on the first death anniversary of Wani's killing said that India can not suppress the voice of the people of Kashmir through use of brute force.

He said the decision to restore the high speed Internet services would be taken after assessing the situation today.

  • Santos West