Eid- A Stark Reminder of Kashmir’s Unending Bloody Conflict

As the world celebrated Eid ul Fitr to mark an end to a month of fasting from dawn to dusk, the Himalayan region of Kashmir witnessed clashes in many parts at the conclusion of congregational Eid prayers giving a grim reminder of the decades long conflict.

The Himalayan region has remained a point of contest between the Asian superpowers of India and Pakistan who have fought three wars claiming the region in its entirety since their partition in 1947, Thousands of people have lost their lives, in what Kashmiris call as resistance against India’s rule in Kashmir.

Portraits celebrating the bravery of various armed fighters appeared at various places, including the posters of the recently killed Militant commander, Zakir Musa who was the face of International Militant outfit, Al Qaeda’s India chapter- Ansar Ghazwat ul Hind.

He was killed during an encounter with Government Forces in South Kashmir on the morning on 24 April, six years after he had joined Militancy, during the revival of local Militancy post 2010 when a civilian uprising had broken out in Kashmir against a fake encounter.

The Kashmiriyat reporters on the day traveled to various parts of the Kashmir valley and reported that several families who lost their dear ones in the past couple of years were grief- struck, refusing to be a part of the Eid celebrations, many confined themselves to the four walls of their houses, against the centuries long tradition of visiting their relatives and neigbours on the festival.

Protesters Clashed with Government Forces in various parts of the region / Mir Junaid~ The Kashmiriyat

Protesters raised slogans demanding Freedom from India-/ Mir Junaid~ The Kashmiriyat

Thousands have been killed since July 2016 when an uprising started. Their families did not celebrate Eid- Photo/ Zaffar Dar ~The Kashmiriyat