Complete shutdown welcomes Modi in occupied Kahmir

Indian prime minister says he has come to Kashmir to win hearts.

SRINAGAR: A complete shutdown was observed in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the disputed territory.

The call for the strike had been given by All Parties Hurriyat Conference. All markets and business centers remained shut in protest while thousands of troops were deployed by the regime. Over 700 youths had been arrested during crackdowns before the visit.

“Modi’s visit to IIOJK was a cruel joke with oppressed Kashmiris as he wanted to mislead the world about IIOJK’s real situation. Modi has virtually turned Kashmir into a killing field” said APHC leaders.

Modi visited occupied Kashmir for the first time after he abrogated the region’s special status in August 2019, directly bringing the disputed region under New Delhi’s rule.

In order to appease the people, the prime minister also inaugurated a number of development projects mainly to develop agriculture sector. 

In the city of Srinagar and other areas, offices were closed and the officials were directed yo attend the rally.

Many locals said buses were arranged by the government departments to bring people from other areas to participate in the gathering for Modi’s address.

Meanwhile, a protest rally was he held in Muzaffarabad, Azad Kashmir, against the visit of the Indian prime minister. The participants called upon the international community to take notice of the Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir.

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