Mark Collins – Bloody Weekend in Indian Kashmir (Canadian media ignore)

Further to this February 2014 post,

Indian Repression in Kashmir: How Come So Little Attention?

the current violence is virtually invisible to our media, whilst Pakistan and India have at each other–thank goodness only verbally:

Kashmir unrest: Curfew continues as dead toll rises to 32
Curfew-like restrictions continued to be in place in many parts of the Valley including parts of Srinagar city.

Amid recurring clashes in curfew-bound Kashmir Valley, three injured protesters died in hospitals here on Monday [July 11], taking the death toll to 32 in three days of bloodshed following the killing of a top militant that has sparked fresh India-Pakistan tensions.

And for the first time, police opened fire hitting two civilians in embattled Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s hometown Bijbehara in southern Kashmir, which has accounted for all the deaths bar one since Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed by security forces on Friday [Pakistan has condemned the killing; more on the group from 2010, note Pakistan links].

At least 31 civilians and a police driver have been killed in clashes between the security forces and angry young demonstrators across the Kashmir Valley since Saturday, various informed sources told IANS. But police put the death toll at 23.

There were no fresh deaths on Monday. But the sources said nine more casualties were added to the toll after at least three people succumbed to injuries and five who had died earlier were counted on Friday.

Clashes, however, raged on in many parts of the valley as young men armed with rocks defied prohibitory orders to hurl stones at police and paramilitary pickets…

As the anger in Kashmir simmered, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif called for a plebiscite in the “occupied” Jammu and Kashmir. India asked Pakistan to worry more about human rights abuses in parts of Kashmir it controls.

Radio Pakistan quoted Sharif as saying that the “massacre of citizens by Indian forces and use of brutal force against Kashmir is regrettable”.

In New Delhi, Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said Pakistan should worry more about human rights violations in the “occupied Kashmir” — Indian euphemism from Pakistani Kashmir than in the valley…

More here on Kashmir. A continuing flashpoint in a very dangerous part of the world indeed:

Pakistan’s Tac Nukes and India’s “Cold Start” Attack

Mark Collins, a prolific Ottawa blogger, is a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute; he tweets @Mark3Ds


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