Altaf Hussain in Srinagar

From BBC News, “Curfew Imposed as Civilians Are Shot Dead in Kashmir

“A curfew has been imposed in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian-administered Kashmir, after four civilians were shot dead on Monday.

Unofficial curfews have also been imposed in three other towns.

The city remains tense following the shootings in Pattan, 27km (16.7 miles) north of the capital despite the impending Muslin Eid holiday.

Sixty-nine people have now been killed during anti-India protests over the last three months.

All but four of them have either been shot or beaten to death by the police and Indian paramilitaries.”

“Separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani – who has been put under house arrest – on Monday repeated five key demands which he said were necessary to stop the protests.

These include:

  • Recognition by Delhi that Kashmir is an “international dispute”
  • The “demilitarisation” of Kashmir
  • The release of “political prisoners”,
  • The withdrawal of “draconian laws” such the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA)
  • The punishment of soldiers involved in the killings”
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