A New Delhi court has sentenced Kashmiri Hurriyat leader Yasin Malik to life in prison for aiding and abetting “terrorist” activities and other crimes, citing concerns raised by politicians in the Muslim-majority region. I will increase the tension.
Shops and businesses in the valley remained closed for a second day after the Hurriyat leader’s sentencing, but Indian police arrested 10 people for throwing stones and chanting slogans outside Yasin Malik’s home.
Kashmir police chief Vijay Kumar said, “Jaish-e-Muhammad and Lashkar-e-Taiba militants were killed in two separate clashes. One of our officers was also killed in the operation.”
Vijay Kumar said the militants had killed 35-year-old TV and social media performer Amrin Bhatt.
It may be recalled that in the 1990s, more than 3,400 jobs were given to the Hindus who migrated from the valley in an attempt by the Narendra Modi government to resettle them here, but they are protesting and demanding their transfer.
One of the protesters, Amit, a government employee, said, “We are not safe here. Our colleague was killed in his office. We demand that we be transferred out of Kashmir because every day there are incidents of targeted killings.”
According to the Occupied Kashmir Administration, Indian forces have already stepped up their operations, killing 78 militants this year, compared to 193 last year and 232 in 2020.
On the other hand, there was a verbal clash between the delegates of Pakistan and India in the UN Security Council.
Qasim Aziz Butt, representing Pakistan, has rejected India’s claim that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of it, saying it is a disputed area according to all UN maps and official documents.
He accused India of being the world’s largest perpetrator of state terrorism, targeting its neighbors, especially Pakistan, while carrying out state terrorism against all minorities in the country.