Authorities decided to impose curfew in the Valley on Tuesday for the 12th day as the Pakistan observe ‘Kashmir’s Accession Day’ today which will be followed by a nation-wide ‘Black Day’ on Wednesday.
According to a leading Pakistan Daily, Pakistan government has announced to observe a “Black Day” on Tuesday to express solidarity with the people of Kashmir who were killed while protesting against the murder of slain Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.
At least 45 people, including 43 civilian protesters and two policemen, have been killed in the spiralling violence that began in the Valley after a Hizbul commander was killed along with two of his associates in a gunfight with the security forces on July 7.
Authorities have snapped all mobile Internet connectivity and also suspended calling facility on mobile phones across the Valley.
Limited mobile phone connectivity is, however, available to subscribers on post paid mobile phones provided by Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL).
No vernacular or English language newspaper has been published in the Valley for the last three days.
Amitabh Mattoo, advisor to the state Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, told media that the decision to ban publication of newspapers was not taken at the instance of the Chief Minister.
Mattoo said the decision was taken at “the local level and heads would soon roll for taking such a harsh decision”.
In a related development, the state government on Monday shifted Senior Superintendent of police (SSP) Badgam, Fayaz Ahmad as sources said he had been transferred for stopping printing of some local newspapers whose establishments are situated in Badgam district.
Mufti has convened an all party meeting in summer capital Srinagar on July 21 to discuss the prevailing law and order situation in the Valley.
Opposition National Conference, Congress, Communist Party of India-Marxist and others have been invited to the meeting.
Addressing a meeting of senior bureaucrats in summer capital Srinagar on Monday, Mehbooba Mufti stressed on the importance of opening educational institutions as soon as possible to protect the future of students.
Schools, colleges and universities have been closed by the authorities till July 25 because of the prevailing law and order situation in the Valley.
Meanwhile, the separatists including Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Yasin Malik have announced extension of the protest shutdown till Friday.
(With IANS Inputs)