Coronavirus: Kashmir Under Second Lockdown, Khan Urges Christians to Stay Home

Indian-administered Kashmir, which had been under a security lockdown implemented by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government in August 2019, is now under a second lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. After several months of the security lockdown, when the government in New Delhi decided to ease it, the outbreak of the coronavirus began to spread.

Kashmir is the northernmost geographical region of the Indian subcontinent. Today, it denotes a larger area that includes the Indian-administered territory of Jammu and Kashmir (which includes the divisions Jammu, Kashmir Valley, and Ladakh), the Pakistani-administered territories of Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan, and Chinese-administered territories of Aksai Chin and the Trans-Karakoram Tract.

The outbreak has jeopardized the Kashmiri separatist movement. For the first time, the Kashmiri nation has not experienced any lockdown, analysts say. The movements of separatism and liberty have made them accustomed to such conditions. Analysts say curfews and various security restrictions are not new to the Kashmir nation because of a situation that has persisted for many years. However, the outbreak situation has begun to weaken their movement and is a new thing.

Human rights activists and organizations believe that the Modi government can take steps to further tighten civil liberties by using the Coronavirus pandemic. If this is done, it will be a network of security sanctions that will keep the Kashmiri people in the dark.

Abhinash Kumar, executive director of Amnesty International’s Indian Chapter, says the steps taken in Kashmir by taking advantage of a public health emergency cannot be relieved. According to Kumar, illegal and custom arrests, internet blocking and medical facilities have been increased, as well as the outbreak of the Coronavirus, which has increased the Kashmir nation’s resilience.

Imran Khan (born 5 October 1952) is the 22nd and current Prime Minister of Pakistan and the chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). Before entering politics, Khan was an international cricketer and captain of Pakistan national cricket team, leading the team to the victory in 1992 Cricket World Cup.

Health officials working in Kashmir say that people in the area face many difficulties due to government sanctions. In which case, the Coronavirus outbreak has increased these problems immensely. The officials also say that reducing the sanctions will be a serious threat to the people here in the current situation, such as the Coronavirus epidemic.

Khan Urges Christian Community to Stay Home for Easter

Prime Minister Imran Khan has congratulated the Christian community on Easter, and urged them to celebrate at home. “Wishing all our Christian citizens a happy Easter,” Khan tweeted. “Please stay safe and keep your families safe during the COVID19 pandemic by praying and celebrating at home; & by observing the national safety protocols.”

Chief Minister Punjab Usman Bazdar also congratulated the Christian community on Easter, saying that the entire world, including the beloved homeland, is in the grip of the Coronavirus epidemic. “Due to Corona, it is our national and moral obligation to implement security measures on Easter. Today, the best way to get others involved in Easter happiness is to adopt social distance and safety measures,” he said. “At Easter, we will protect ourselves and protect others through social distances.”
Bazdar said that organizing religious ceremonies and rituals online from churches is an important step. The Christian community is thankful for the tremendous support in this regard. The role of the Christian community has been praiseworthy in setting the destination from the establishment of Pakistan. The Christian community has made a tremendous contribution to the construction and development of Pakistan. “Pakistan is home to all of us regardless of color, race, religion, caste, and faith. In the security of the Holy Land, we are all in peace.”

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Joyce Davis

My history goes back to 2002 and I  worked as a reporter, interviewer, news editor, copy editor, managing editor, newsletter founder, almanac profiler, and news radio broadcaster.

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