Authorities forcing shopkeepers to keep shops open: Mehbooba


In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, People’s Democratic Party President Mehbooba Mufti has said that the occupation authorities are forcing shopkeepers to keep their shops open to project normalcy in the territory on the occasion of India’s Republic Day.

It is a norm that a complete shutdown is observed in IIOJK on January 26, the Indian Republic Day, every year.

Pertinently, the Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and across the world are also observing the Indian Republic Day as Black Day in protest against New Delhi’s continued denial of their internationally recognized right to self-determination.

In a twitter message, Mehbooba Mufti said, while the rest of India is celebrating Republic Day as a holiday, today, shopkeepers in Kashmir have been ordered to keep their shops open or face consequences. She termed the order as one of many abnormal & coercive steps to project normalcy in IIOJK.—INP