Modi told to act on Kash­mir vi­o­lence

The Myanmar Times - - World -

IN­DIA’S Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi has come un­der pres­sure over weeks of deadly vi­o­lence in Kash­mir, with the re­gion’s op­po­si­tion lead­ers call­ing on New Delhi to rein in troops and po­lice.

Mr Modi stressed the need for di­a­logue to end the un­rest in the dis­puted Hi­malayan re­gion, af­ter meet­ing the op­po­si­tion lead­ers in the In­dian cap­i­tal at their re­quest.

“He [Modi] em­pha­sised on the need for all po­lit­i­cal par­ties to work to­gether to find a so­lu­tion to the prob­lems in the state of Jammu and Kash­mir,” his of­fice said in a state­ment on Au­gust 22 af­ter talks with the del­e­ga­tion.

Much of In­dian-ad­min­is­tered Kash­mir has been un­der cur­few since protests broke out over the death on July 8 of a pop­u­lar young rebel leader in a gun­fight with se­cu­rity forces.

More than 60 civil­ians have been killed in clashes be­tween pro­test­ers and po­lice and troops and thou­sands more in­jured in the worst vi­o­lence to hit the restive re­gion since 2010.

Op­po­si­tion del­e­gates led by for­mer Kash­mir chief min­is­ter Omar Ab­dul­lah sin­gled out se­cu­rity forces’ fir­ing of shot­guns to dis­perse the pro­test­ers.

Hos­pi­tals have re­ported hun­dreds of young men and boys suf­fer­ing se­ri­ous eye and other in­juries from the pel­lets. –

Photo: AFP

Kash­miris protest in Sri­na­gar on Au­gust 22 fol­low­ing the killing of teenager Ir­fan Ahmed by se­cu­rity forces.

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