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Kashmiris find daily life difficult despite eased restrictions in J&K, ready for quiet Eid

There is also a growing belief in Kashmir that normalcy is a long way off even as security forces anticipate law and order issues this Eid. 

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Srinagar: There is a sense of urgency in the voice of Imran Nazki, 31, who is among those waiting for a curfew pass at the Srinagar deputy commissioner’s office Saturday. 

The urgency is driven by the fact that as treasurer of Ram Bagh-based Cancer Foundation, set up by his brother Sajjad Nazki, Imran has to deliver life-saving medicines to at least 20 critical patients across the Valley. 

That has proved a difficult task with the shutdown in place.   

Restrictions were relaxed Saturday in order to help people buy essentials for celebrating Eid ul Adha but most like Nazki are convinced that normalcy will not return any time soon. 

“Basically our organisation raises money by crowdfunding. Since last Sunday we haven’t been able to do so but that is not the issue at hand,” says Nazki. “We buy medicines for cancer patients and deliver it to them. We also accompany patients to the hospital and hand over the medicines to the doctors treating them. We have been unable to do any of it this week.”

On Saturday afternoon, he decided to take matters in his hands, or at least he thought. “They are giving passes valid for five days. How will that help me? We need it till the restrictions ends,” he says. “I have to visit far off places such as Baramulla, Handwara and Qazigund. How will I reach them or even this DC office without a curfew pass if the situation goes bad on Eid. I will talk to the senior officials myself.”

Nazki’s concerns reflect the growing sentiment here that the easing of restrictions will do little to up spirits ahead of Eid Monday.

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Fears of violence

While Srinagar Saturday witnessed many flocking to prominent markets to buy baked goods and sheep for Eid Monday, security forces anticipate a potential law and order situation. 

In order to avoid congregational prayers turning into demonstrations, it is likely that major mosques will not be allowed to hold the prayers as was done this Friday.

Among the worst hit appears to be the medical sector.

Sheikh Suhail, who owns a medical retail shop in Nawabbazar in Srinagar, has been struggling for a curfew pass much like Nazki. 

Suhail has a bulk of his medical supplies go to a neurology clinic in the same area. But with  medicine distributors unable to visit his shop this week, he has been looking for passes so he could go to them. 

After shuttling from one table to another the DC office, he finally vents his anger at an official. “If you can’t sign the curfew pass, sign the patients death warrant,” he says. The official responds calling for calm. “We are trying to speed things up, please have patience.”

Suhail later tells ThePrint that patients depend on him for the medicines. 

“Neurology patients need constant care. Families rely on me, what answers should I give to them?” he asks. 

He adds that though restrictions have been relaxed to an extent, he wasn’t sure how things would turn out after Eid —  a sentiment shared by an overwhelming number of people here.

“This is Kashmir. Things happen when you least expect them,” Suhail says. “I cant leave the patients’ life to chance.”

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  1. The supply of insulin has fallen drastically in the valley, this is a life and death situation for Type 1 diabetics, in Srinagar many pharmacies had run out, due to initial wave of panic buying, the supply from distributor from Jammu has not arrived and there is no news.
    My mother is barely managing to survive, to save insulin she is injecting 20m per day instead of 60m. She has only five days supply of medicine left. I am desperately gathering money to fly to Srinagar from Delhi with a supply of insulin.
    I shudder to think of what the insulin situation will be for the thousand of Type I diabetic people who cannot make it. They will just die.
    We are pushing Kashmir back Ito the medieval ages, this is cruel and barbaric, if any reader knows anyone high up in the BJP please appraise them, do not let people die. Have mercy and humanity.

    • One hopes the state administration will respond immediately to this situation, arrange for adequate stocks of insulin to be flown in from Chandigarh or Delhi. Also other life saving medicines.

  2. If the media always extended its fairness and kindness to the Hindus like it is habitually extends to the Muslims, the right wing would not have grown so big in India. But despite the right wing capturing the govt, the media is still heavily one-sided, supporting Muslims and leaving Hindus out to dry. This type of media may perish in the years to come, unless it changes its hostility to Hindus.

  3. Looks like the local Kashmiris have made a deal with the Centre that if they curb restrictions (can be also dilute Amry presence ) there will be almost no protests in the region.Centre has taken note of that and i think Amit shah will transfer all powers to J&K police from CRPF and Army regiments till the end of 2019. 2020 on wards almost every security apparatus will be handled by J&K police. ART 370 always generated distrust between centre and state ,after removing 370 now coordination will build confidence in the Kashmiris with extra autonomy and responsibility for security will be provided. Now every person dying in INDIAN than a Kashmiri, whole optics of proxy war is changed. Biggest loser of this change is PAKISTAN

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