In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the Eid-ul-Azha celebrations continued though the festivity is missing due to Indian military and police siege and restrictions in Srinagar and other areas of the Kashmir Valley.
The authorities disallowed people to offer Eid-ul-Azha prayers in historical Jamia Masjid and Eidgah in Srinagar.
The authorities locked the main gate of the Jamia Masjid and huge Indian troops, paramilitary and police personnel are seen on roads in Nowhatta and several areas of the city to thwart pro-freedom protests.
The people were in local parks and other places due to military siege and harassment of Indian forces.
Though the social media was also monitored and restricted by Indian authorities and one who highlights any true ground news of IIOJK is arrested under black law, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) and Public Safety Act (PSA).
The APHC leadership in a statement issued in Srinagar expressed concern over the genocide of Kashmiris by Indian troops during so-called CASOs even on the auspicious occasion of Eid-ul-Azha.
They paid glowing tributes to the youth martyred in police custody in Srinagar and urged the United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, to help settle the lingering Kashmir dispute in accordance with the aspirations of the Kashmiri people.
On the other hand, the Indian authorities also not allowed people to offer Eid prayers at south Kashmir Eidgah in Islamabad, which historically witnesses one of the largest congregations in south Kashmir.
The residents of Qazigund said that several people from the areas booked three vehicles and reached the Eidgah, however, there were no arrangements for Eid prayers.
Another local from Monghal, Arif Ahmed Dar said that several people from his village too reached the Eidgah but found its gates shut. “We do not understand this confusing state of affairs,” he added.
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