Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Saturday said that India can not suppress the voice of people of Kashmir through the use of brute force for their right to self-determination. Amid curfew-like restrictions in the Shopian main town and adjoining areas, protests and clashes broke out in Bonigam, Shirmal and Tukroo areas. The forces, they said, fired pellets at the protesters, resulting in injuries to 10 people.
Authorities have also suspended the mobile internet while as the speed of broadband internet has been reduced significantly to prevent any law and order problem.
On 8 July 2016 Burhan Wani along with two associates were killed in a brief encounter with forces in Bamdoora Kokernag area of south Kashmir. Wani, the chief commander of the notorious Hizbul Mujahidden, who was killed a year ago and his death sparked violence in the valley. "We have sent 214 companies of central forces to control any situation which may arise on July 8 and during the Amarnath Yatra", he told reporters here after the meeting.
The 22-year-old was gunned down in his hometown Tral in southern Kashmir, along with two other militants, in what has been described by officials as the "biggest success against militants" in recent years.
Wani had great influence among the ignorant children and youth of Kashmir as they think this terrorist was a hero. In a separate "goodwill gesture" it also released scores of Indian fishermen held for illegal fishing in its territorial waters. Earlier, Pakistan's Foreign Office had come out in defence of Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin+ and said his designation as a global terrorist by the United States was "completely unjustified". The Congress stands by the security forces.
They however, said life was going on normally in the rest of the valley.
File image of Burhan Wani with other Hizbul Mujaheedin militants.
The death sentence awarded to an Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav by a Pakistani military court on charges of spying has only worsened the situation. They said the people of Pakistan would continue the moral support of their brother Kashmir people who had been struggling against Indian cruelties for decades.
An Indian policeman stands guard on a street during a curfew in Srinagar.