Occupied Kashmir shut-down as protest against killing of Kashmiri youth

Katrina Barker
August 4, 2017

The protests following the killings spread across the region and were led mostly by students, after which authorities ordered the closure of educational institutions. In a separate incident, two Indian troops were killed and another injured in a shootout with militants in Shopian district, the officer said on condition of anonymity.

At least two militants appeared at the funeral in Tantraypora village and fired dozens of rounds in honor of their fallen comrades.

Pakistan on Thursday said maintaining regional peace is the responsibility of all the countries as it raised concern over the almost two-month long standoff between the Indian and Chinese troops at Doka La area in Sikkim sector.

Internet services have been suspended at the orders of the government and schools and colleges in the valley have been closed until further notice.

The violence comes just days after Indian forces killed top militant commander Abu Dujana, who headed the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) group in Kashmir.

Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since the end of British colonial rule in 1947. The anti-India protests and clashes have persisted despite the Indian army chief warning recently that "tough action" would be taken against stone throwers during counterinsurgency operations. Most parts of the territory are without any public service as well. Rebel groups have been fighting since 1989 for the Indian-administered portion to become independent or merge with Pakistan. Almost 70,000 people have been killed in the uprising and the ensuing Indian military crackdown. Anti-India sentiment runs deep among Kashmiris which is why they support the freedom activists despite decades long Indian rule through forced occupation.

India accuses Pakistan of arming and training the rebels, which Pakistan denies.

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