Thing is, this can (will) go on forever. We do not envisage the Valley people ever reconciling with Indians in Jammu and elsewhere. Too much blood has already been spilled.
If we include Kashmir in the MENA sphere it seems to be the fate of the Ummah to face down this daily ugliness in their lives with no end in sight. The health problems (physical as well as mental) of staying in a war zone are well documented. It seems the best place for a muslim (except for a few city states) is to be as far away as possible from the muslim heartlands.
Militants killed two local officials and another man in Indian Kashmir before issuing a warning to Kashmiris against voting this week in the country’s election, according to police and residents.
militants targeted two village council chiefs in separate attacks late
on Monday in Pulwana district, south of the main city of Srinagar, a
senior police officer said.
“Three people including two village
heads were killed by local militants active in the area and the attack
is aimed to keep the voters away from polling,” AG Mir, the inspector
general of police, said.
“The attackers belong to the local
militant organisation Hizbul Mujahideen, they were two in number and we
have identified them,” Mir said.
Police were hunting for the
attackers, who entered the home of one village head and shot him dead in
the Tral area of Pulwana district. They killed another senior village
official and his 24-year-old son about an hour later in the same area.
have called for a boycott of the general election, which ends next
month. Hardline Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi and his party are
expected to take power after a decade of Congress party rule.
warning residents of punishment if they went to the polls appeared
early on Tuesday morning in the Tral area where the attacks happened,
according to residents.
Voting in India’s
only Muslim-majority state of Kashmir and Jammu is being staggered
because of tight security. The Kashmir constituency, which includes
Pulwana district, votes on Thursday.
The warnings, which say they
are from the region’s biggest rebel group, the Hizbul Mujahideen, were
posted outside mosques and in the main bazaar of Tral town. “Be warned,
voting for tyrants will entail punishment,” the posters say.
rebels say in the posters that they have been compelled to change their
“freedom movement” strategy from “defensive” to “offensive” mode.
local resident, who did not want to give his name, told AFP that “about
four armed rebels appeared on Sunday in the main bazaar of Tral
threatening people to dissociate themselves from those fighting (in) the
In a similar attack on 17 April, a village council
head was shot dead elsewhere in the Himalayan region, which is disputed
between India and Pakistan.
At least a dozen council members have been killed by suspected rebels since elections were held in 2010 for the region’s panchayat or village councils.
heads have demanded the government provide security for the more than
30,000 local council members in the wake of Monday night’s attacks.