Srinagar, May 26 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, a media report has said that by holding the G20 tourism meeting in Srinagar, Indian authorities hoped to show that the territory is now peaceful and stable following the revocation of its special status but contrary to this the Kashmiris termed the campaign just a facade.
According to Kashmir Media Service, a report by an international media organization quoted the residents of Srinagar and other areas as having said that if there was normalcy what made the Indian government to deploy forces’ personnel in huge numbers and create an atmosphere of fear. As per the report by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation News, the locals said the Kashmiri people are oppressed and can’t speak openly. The locals said that the Modi regime wanted to show the world that occupied Kashmir is peaceful but it is not. The residents of Srinagar maintained that the G20 delegation had no communication with the Kashmiri people and didn’t bother to know about their sufferings. They added that the Indian government only presented the delegation with a façade of normalcy and placed them in luxurious hotels.
The UK-based The Guardian newspaper quoted Hafsa Kanjwal, assistant professor or South Asian history at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania, as having said that India had gone into propaganda overdrive in Srinagar to hide the Kashmiri dissent while also arresting activists in raids before the G20 meetings. Kanjwal pointed out that India wants to project an image of Kashmiris as being happy under Indian rule, even as Kashmiris have been completely silenced and all forms of dissent, even basic human rights documentation, have been criminalised.
Meanwhile, the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front in a statement issued in Srinagar hailed the sacrifices of its illegally detained Chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik for the Kashmir cause on the completion of his one year of illegal life sentence by India’s pliant judiciary. Yasin Malik was sentenced to life imprisonment by an Indian court on May 25, last year, in a false case registered against him. He was arrested in 2019 and is presently lodged in New Delhi’s infamous Tihar Jail.
The occupation authorities booked four innocent Kashmiris under black law Public Safety Act in Baramulla district and shifted them to Kot Bhalwal Jail in Jammu. The authorities claimed that the detained persons were involved in anti-India activities.
A civilian was injured in a landmine explosion in Qasba area of Poonch district of Jammu region. The Indian Army has planted landmines in many areas in Jammu region to restrict the movement of the Kashmiris. Hundreds of people have lost their lives or limbs due to the explosion caused by these landmines. Elderly women held a protest demonstration in Jammu against the anti-people policies of the occupation authorities. KMS