Indian PM Visits Jammu and Kashmir; Some Celebrate, Some Mourn His Visit

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Jammu and Kashmir to review the development work and inaugurate various projects. While most parts in summer capital Srinagar witnessed shutdown, on the other hand, winder-capital Jammu celebrated the PM’s visit. 

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During the visit of PM Narendra Modi, shops and businesses were shut while thousands of armed forces and commandos in flak jackets spread out across Kashmir and closed off roads with coiled razor wire and iron barricades to prevent protests and rebel attacks.

Authorities arrested dozens of activists overnight and put separatist leaders under house arrest to stop them from staging any protest in Srinagar. They also shut internet on mobile phones and cancelled train services in the volatile Kashmir Valley.

PM Modi arrived to inaugurate a university in the mountainous Ladakh region bordering China and Pakistan. Three Kashmiri leaders, known as the Joint Resistance Leadership, called for the strike to protest Modi’s visit. This strike was however limited to the Kashmir valley, and as usual, had no impact in Ladakh and Jammu regions.

India and Pakistan each administer part of Kashmir, but both claim it in its entirety. Rebels have been fighting Indian rule since 1989, demanding Indian-controlled Kashmir be united either under Pakistani rule or as an independent country.

Anti-India sentiment runs deep in Kashmir, which in recent years has seen renewed rebel attacks and repeated public protests. Nearly 70,000 people have been killed in the uprising caused due to Indian military crackdown.

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