It’s the 18th day of Siege in Kashmir after the secret execution of Mohammad Afzal Guru, who was hanged inside Indian Prison on February 9. His alleged crime was that he had been a mastermind of ‘the Parliament Attack’ in December 2001. His trial has been disputed by many neutral observers in India and Kashmir.
The entire pro freedom leadership has been put either in prison or have been put under house arrest. Friday prayers have not been allowed in main mosques.
The use of pellet guns as ‘non lethal weapons’ has caused grievous injuries in internal organs of many causalities with some losing their eye sight. The use of pepper gas has caused hazardous breathing problems. It has been widely used in various areas of Kashmir resulting in breathing problems of the ordinary residents. Used by Nazi Germany to quell protests, it’s does not suit a democracy to use it against common people who protest for their rights.
The silence of world media has isolated the conflict torn region which is in its 66th year of occupation since 1947. With more than half a million people dead since the Indian Invasion, Kashmir remains the oldest unresolved dispute in the United Nations.