Fear grips Muslims living in occupied Kashmir after Pulwama attack

DAWN.COM | 2/17/2019 | Staff
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A complete shutdown is being observed in Indian-occupied Kashmir (IOK) against the "harassment and attacking" of Kashmiri citizens in India and the Valley over the past two days.

According to a report by Al Jazeera, since Thursday, dozens of Kashmiris have been threatened, assaulted or forced to vacate their residences.

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In the Indian capital, New Delhi, 25-year-old Sara Khursheed told Al Jazeera that Kashmiris are being looked at with "suspicion after the attack".

"Yesterday, I was returning home from work. A passer-by shouted at me and said these Kashmiris are happy over the killings. We fear we might be thrown out by our landlords," she was quoted as saying.

City - Jammu - IOK - Hindu - Arsonists

In the city of Jammu, IOK, suspected Hindu arsonists attacked the vehicles and residences of Kashmiri and Muslim citizens, the Kashmir Media Service reported on Friday and Saturday.

Kashmiri students studying in colleges in India's Haryana, Dehradun, Chattisgarh and Meerut also reported being harassed and attacked by Hindu mobs.

Kashmiri - Student - Chattisgarh - WhatsApp - Chat

A Kashmiri student in Chattisgarh was suspended for a WhatsApp chat on the Pulwama attack, while Aligarh Muslim University suspended a Kashmiri student for a tweet on the attack. A case was also registered against the youth for his tweet.

Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua on Sunday apprised envoys from Africa and Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) member states on Islamabad's position on the recent deadly attack targeting Indian security forces in occupied Kashmir's Pulwama area, and New Delhi's "knee-jerk" reaction blaming Pakistan and threatening it.

Janjua - Today - Interaction - SCO - States

Janjua in today's interaction with envoys belonging to SCO states "recalled a familiar pattern of India blaming Pakistan instantly after such incidents without any investigation", the Foreign Office spokesman Dr Mohammad Faisal tweeted.

The foreign secretary also briefed resident ambassadors from African states.

Day - Secretary - European - Union - Members

A day earlier, the foreign secretary had taken envoys from the European Union and non-permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, on board to...
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