Kashmir News Weekly Roundup: 11/19-11/26


Family members of martyred resistance fighters being forced to join BJP

In Northern Kashmir, occupying troops have begun to jail the relatives of resistance fighters who have been murdered, while the widespread detention of civilians persists. More than twenty people have been arrested in North Kashmir’s Kupwara and Bandipora districts throughout the last two months. A handful of them have been freed on the condition that they declare their “complete allegiance” to or affiliation with the unionist politician camp.

A North Kashmiri native claimed, “The army officer threatened me with detention under UAPA after 20 days of detention without any reason.” The civilian said, “Joining the BJP is your only chance to save yourself,” echoing the army officer’s last remarks. Few other local residents, he said, had received the same threats from the invading troops.

Another civilian whose brother was a resistance commander killed by occupying forces in 2020 said, “I was beaten for the whole night after an officer expressed his wish to make me spit on the body of my killed brother if it was there.” He was also released after seven days of detention. “They threatened to have me urinate on my martyr brother’s grave unless I chose to join a pro-India political party,” he said.

Kashmiris have been compelled to engage in electoral politics under the Indian system for many years to support India’s unlawful occupation of the disputed area. As a collective punishment for their support of the resistance movement, Kashmiris have been subjected to widespread civilian arrests on false pretenses since the Indian regime’s unlawful takeover of the territory in 2019.

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Kashmiri journalist Fahad Shah released after nearly two years of imprisonment

The Editor of the news portal, The Kashmir Walla, Fahad Shah, 35, was granted bail by the Jammu and Kashmir High Court. On Thursday, he was allowed to return home after spending almost two years in prison.

On November 17th, the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) court dismissed several of the allegations he was facing, including “abetting terrorism, waging war against the country and promoting enmity.” Fahad Shah was arrested under parts of the UAPA over reporting and for articles published by his portal since 2011. He was kept under detention for 21 months under Public Safety Action (PSA).

The UAPA’s sections 121 (waging war), 153-B (promoting hatred between different groups), and 18 (abetting the commission of a terrorist act or any conduct preliminary to the commission of a terrorist act) were all dropped against Shah by the court. Shah will still be tried under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA), sections 35 and 39 of which deal with receiving money in contravention of the law, and section 13 of the UAPA, which prohibits inciting criminal behavior.

India crushes Kashmir’s industrial sector by cutting off electricity

Kashmiri Industrialists said that a startling 75% drop in production had resulted from the power crisis’ ongoing impact on the valley’s industrial sector. There has been a power outage in the valley for almost a month, affecting both residential and commercial consumers.

“It is impossible to imagine the effects of the current electricity situation on the industrial sector. We have less hours of work in the winter, and not having electricity makes things worse,” a Federation Chamber of Industries Kashmir representative stated.

According to the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industries (KCCI), several industries that are negatively impacted by inadequate power supply frequently contact them with statements of concern. “From cottage industries to hospitality, the power situation has had a significant impact on the service sector.” The unplanned power outages make it impossible for industrialists and small merchants to run their businesses, according to Secretary General KCCI.

Interestingly, Kashmir is the center for hydroelectricity production, a sustainable energy source. For the most of the winter, the entire region is without electricity as transmission lines transport energy from Kashmir to areas of northern India.

India shuts Kashmir’s grand mosque for seventh consecutive Friday

For the sixth week in a row, congregational prayers at Srinagar’s iconic Jamia Masjid were prohibited by Indian authorities on Friday. As invading soldiers barricaded the roads leading to the main gates, the significant mosque in the city’s Nowhatta neighborhood remained shut.

For the seventh Friday in a row, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was prevented from entering the mosque by the authorities in power. Umar Farooq, the leading cleric of Kashmir and leader of the Hurriyat Conference, called the mosque’s shutdown “unfortunate.”

India has frequently closed mosques and disrupted religious processions in Kashmir, denying the people the freedom to practice their religion. This occurs as the Indian government fully supports and protects Hindu pilgrims traveling into the heart of Kashmir. The biggest mosque in Kashmir has been closed by Indian soldiers in an effort to stop any protests in support of the Palestinian people.

Occupation Authorities dismiss Kashmiri Doctors for alleged ‘anti-India’ activities

Four government employees, including doctors, were ordered to be dismissed by the imposed Jammu and Kashmir administration on Wednesday. The administration said the doctors were participating in pro-resistance and anti-India activities.

The orders, which were issued in separate order copies implementing the termination, unanimously stated that the UT administration had terminated the workers by using Indian Constitution section 311(2)(c), which gives it the authority to do so without conducting an investigation.

The routine harassment of civilians involves false accusations, denial of a passport, termination from government jobs, ban on hiring them in government departments, summonings at random, interrogations, and even forced collaboration activities. This is because the Indian regime is stepping up its efforts to punish anyone who has ever been associated with the resistance movement.