SRINAGAR: In occupied Kashmir, normal life remains crippled in Kashmir valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu region due to continued military siege on 62nd consecutive day on Saturday, Kashmir Media Service reported.
People continue to face immense hardships due to heavy presence of Indian troops in every nook and corner and suspension of means of communications.
All shops, main markets and educational institutions continue to remain shut and public transport off the road in Kashmir valley as a mark of silent protest against repeal of special status of Kashmir by Narendra Modi-led communal Indian government. The residents of Kashmir valley are facing severe hardships due to shortage of essential commodities due to continued blockade and fast approaching winter.
US lawmakers urge India to end humanitarian crisis in IOK
On the other hand, the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations has added an appeal to end a humanitarian crisis in occupied Kashmir in its report ahead of the annual Foreign Appropriations Act for 2020.
This could become the first step towards legislative action by the US lawmakers against India on the situation in occupied Kashmir.
The amendment was proposed by Senator Chris Van Hollen, who visited New Delhi this week as a part of a congressional delegation that discussed the Kashmir situation as well as India-US bilateral relations, trade ties and defence purchases with key officials.
The report, which was submitted to the Senate by Lindsey Graham, senior Senator and key Republican leader known for his close ties with President Donald Trump, the committee on Appropriations expressed concern over the current humanitarian crisis in occupied Kashmir. It called upon the Indian government to fully restore telecommunications and Internet services, lift its lockdown and curfew, and release all the people arrested after the repeal of special status of occupied Kashmir.