Monday, 11 July 2016

Kashmiris condemn India and international powers for violence that has killed at least 22 people.

As the death toll rises to 19 in Indian-administered Kashmir following a bloody crackdown on mourners and protesters this weekend, Kashmiris are lamenting the lack of international condemnation for the violence meted out to them.

By Monday morning, authorities recorded at least 22 deaths and 200 people injured after police and paramilitary troops opened fireon tens of thousands of Kashmiris who took to the streets to pay homage to the rebel leader Burhan Wani, who was killed on Friday. His death had prompted a mass funeral and demonstrations against Indian rule.
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Imam of Srinagar's Jamia mosque and leader of a faction of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference, told our sources that the lack of condemnation from both India and international actors, proved that "Kashmiri lives did not matter".

"No political party or institution has condemned the violence because they don't feel the need ... they are so disconnected from this place," Farook said from his home in Srinagar, where he has been under house arrest since Friday.
It is a sentiment echoed by a series of observers and human rights activists, who allege that the killing of Burhan sent the Indian media into a jingoistic frenzy.

Mirza Waheed, a Kashmiri novelist based in London, said in some cases, "one could not tell the difference between the media and state apparatus".

But Gautam Navlakha, from the People's Union for Democratic Rights, described the silence from India's civil society over the events of the past three days as particularly problematic.

According to Kashmiri civil society, the death toll is likely to rise.

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