Public anger against New Delhi in the Kashmir Valley, disputed by India and Pakistan, has been brewing since the two nations’ armies agreed to uphold the ceasefire agreement in February.
Twenty-five-year-old Jawed was one of several Kashmiris who threw stones at Indian security forces on 1 April when they raided a home where terrorists linked to Pakistani group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) had been hiding for several days.
Three terrorists were killed in the encounter in Kakpora, in southern Kashmir’s Pulwama district. After the raid, local residents clashed with the Indian security forces.
As the crowd mourned the deaths of the “local boys,” who had orchestrated attacks on Indian forces, local shopkeepers downed their shutters in protest against the authorities. They said they didn’t care about losing business and that expressing solidarity with the local militants was “far more important.”
Ashraf, a student from the Islamic University of Science and Technology, was also among the crowd of locals who pelted the government forces with stones.
In southern Kashmir, public unrest is brewing after India and Pakistan’s militaries reaffirmed their commitment to uphold the ceasefire at the Line of Control (LoC).
According to statistics, only two encounters took place between Indian forces and angry locals between 1 January and 25 February, the day the Indian and Pakistani militaries agreed to the ceasefire. However, eight such encounters…