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Kashmir curfew lifted by India, but separatists call for strike

Indian authorities have lifted the Kashmir curfew imposed in the past few days after weeks of protests by separatists led to at least 15 deaths in clashes between protesters and government forces.

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The BBC also reports that one of its journalists was stopped and beaten by police in Kashmir. The Committee to Protect Journalists on Friday called on Kashmir authorities to address the complaints.

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Government criticized

Editorials in Indian newspapers have expressed harsh criticism of the government’s handling of the current crisis. An editorial in The Hindustan Times argues that Omar Abdullah, the chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, passed responsibility to the central government by blaming the paramilitary Central Reserve Police Forces, controlled by New Delhi, for the violence.

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has lost control of his state. The question now is whether he can recover it. Unfortunately, going by the facts on the ground that have culminated in the deployment of the Indian Army as a “deterrent” to enforce peace and order around, if not in Srinagar, for the first time since at least 15 years, it doesn’t even seem that Mr Abdullah is too keen to wrest control.

And an editorial in the Times of India criticizes a “glaring leadership vacuum” in Kashmir, and argues that the government’s blaming the violence on Pakistani agents is lazy analysis.

Kashmir's political leadership, those in the government and the opposition including the separatists, ought to be ashamed that they've let the blood of children flow on the street. […]The present spate of protests doesn't seem to be organised by any specific group. The protesters are predominantly rebellious youngsters dissatisfied with the affairs of the state. Their anger stems not only from the lack of development and employment, but also the failure of the political leadership to address their aspirations.


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