Kashmir is under complete lockdown — reads several international press headlines. A deliberate attempt to portray that everything has come to a standstill. On the contrary, the ground reality is completely different. Take a look at the two videos of prominent market places in Srinagar. The hustle-bustle in the market places is a clear reflection of what is happening in the valley.
For a long time since the abrogation of Artice 370 and Article 35A, shops in Srinagar would only open partially — most shopkeepers feared that they would be targeted by Pakistan-sponsored terrorists. But despite the fear, shopkeepers would keep the backdoor of their establishment open so that their livelihood doesn’t get disrupted. Terrorists, however, did target shopkeepers who opened their shops. Busy market places have been targeted in the last few weeks. But despite all of that there is a strong urge among the locals to ensure that life returns to normalcy.
Residents, however, do have their concerns regarding communication lines. While landlines are operational, the internet has still be snapped. This has been a major grouse among the residents. But sources within the security apparatus say that reasonable restrictions will have to be imposed for the security of Kashmiris. Pakistan sponsored terrorism still remains a major threat. Locals who did not adhere to the boycott call — made in a silent manner — have been the target of these terrorists.
Pakistan, meanwhile, still continues with their unabated attempt to support terrorists in the form of infiltration and ceasefire violations. Pakistan has been resorted to over 950 incidents of CFVs along Line of Control and 79 incidents of CFVs along the International Border in Jammu region during the last three months. Overground workers are carrying out messages to local and foreign terrorists to disrupt law and order situation in the valley.