The situation remains grim in the IOK as lockdown enters 131st day

The situation remains grim in the IOK as lockdown enters 131st day

SRINAGAR (Web Desk): In occupied Kashmir, on the 131st day of the military shutdown, there has been no change in the situation on the ground today, especially in the Valley and Muslim dominated areas of Jammu region, reported Kashmir Media Service.

Residents of these areas suffer due to restrictions imposed under Section 144 and suspension of Internet, SMS and prepaid mobile services. The rising cold has also exacerbated the miseries of the residents of Kashmir Valley, who are facing shortage of essential commodities including food items and life-saving medicines due to the restrictions.

After being denied permission to read anti-India namaz at Srinagar's historic Jamia Mosque and other major mosques in the Valley from August 05, 2019, today there is a possibility of banning the occupation authorities in Kashmir-occupied Valley.

Meanwhile, doctors treating heart patients in remote villages of the area have said that people may have died due to web closure in occupied Kashmir. The #SaveHeart initiative, a WhatsApp group used by 1,200 doctors, has been shut down since August 5 - New Delhi has suspended web companies in Kashmir. One of the founders of the group, D.R.S. Nasir Shamas said, "Whatsapp was a life saver for us and it was an extra shot in our arms, helping people from all over the region like a virtual hospital." Doctors have demanded. The web - which has been blocked for more than 4 months now - must be restored so that the group can be reactivated.

On the other hand, an American Congressman, Steve Watkins, has expressed concern over the current critical situation in occupied Kashmir. The development came days after Pramila Jaipal of the Indian American Congress moved a resolution on Kashmir in the US House of Representatives.

"Madam Speaker, today I raise the importance of supporting democracy and freedom for the people of Jammu and Kashmir and protecting religious minorities in the region," Congressman Steve Watkins said in his remarks on the floor of the House of Representatives. Watkins last week joined a resolution condemning India's decision in Kashmir.

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