Day 60: Two youth die, over 150 injured after Indian troops attack Kashmir village

Dawood Rehman 05:57 PM | 6 Sep, 2016
Day 60: Two youth die, over 150 injured after Indian troops attack Kashmir village
SRINAGAR - A 20-year-old youth was killed and more than 150 injured when Indian occupation forces fired pellets on protestors in south Kashmir’s Anantnag on Tuesday morning.

During the past 60 days, the number of injured by the brute force used by Indian troops has risen to ten thousands. Over 90 people have been martyred during the period.

In Srinagar, a 14-year-old boy, injured on Sunday, succumbed in a hospital.

Naseer Ahmad Bhat (20), a resident of Seer Hamdan village in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district was killed when police and paramilitary force fired pellets on protestors in his native village.

Villagers said that a team of police and paramilitary forces tried to raid the village to arrest some people but that was foiled by the volunteers who were on night vigil.

When the villagers came out to protest against the raid, police and paramilitary forces again fired pellets on them resulting in killing of Bhat. Eyewitnesses said he was hit by the pellets in his chest.

Day 59: Indian forces plan to use chilli-based shells to suppress Kashmir unrest

A woman, who according to the villagers, was hit in her head by the police and paramilitary forces is critical and has been rushed to Srinagar, the Indian media reported.

The fresh killing, which has triggered more protests in south Kashmir, comes day after Indian forces randomly fired pellets on pro-freedom rallies and protest demonstrations in the Kashmir Valley injuring hundreds of people including women.

India Home Minister Rajnath Singh said Monday that the forces would use chilli-based shells instead of pellet guns to quell protests in Held Kashmir.

The Indian government has been coming under growing pressure over the level of casualties in Kashmir during protests against Indian rule since the death of a popular rebel leader Burhan Wani on July 8 in a gunbattle with soldiers.

‘No to Indian aggression’

Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the situation in Kashmir after returning from a two-day visit to the held valley. Kashmiris in large number Monday took to the streets in Srinagar, Bandipora, Baramulla, Gandarbal, Pulwama, Shopian, Islamabad, Kupwara, Badgam and Kulgam districts to convey to the visiting Indian parliamentary delegation that Kashmiris were not ready to accept any solution to the Kashmir dispute within the framework of Indian constitution.

Besides the Hurriyet leadership, the Panun Kashmir, an organisation of migrant Kashmiri Pandits, also refused to meet the visiting delegation, Kashmir Media Service reported.

The minister, in an hour-long meeting, apprised Modi of the ground situation that was assessed by the all-party delegation, which visited Srinagar and Jammu on September 4 and 5.

“Briefed the Prime Minister on all-party delegation’s visit to J&K and also apprised him of the situation in the State,” Mr. Singh said in a tweet after the meeting at the Prime Minster’s residence.

Chili-based pallets

Speaking on his visit on Monday, Singh said an expert panel had recommended the use of Pelargonic Acid Vanillylamide (PAVA) shells as an alternative to the mainly lead-based pellets.

PAVA, also called Nonivamide, is present in chillis and is commonly used to make pepper spray. The pellet guns are meant to minimize fatalities in protests although the law gives the armed forces a relatively free hand to use lethal force, especially against suspected militants.

But although they rarely result in deaths, the birdshot from the pellets can often blind victims if the fragments hit them in the eye.

Hospitals say they have treated around 600 patients with eye injuries in the last two months, many of whom will never recover full vision.

Authorities lifted a curfew in most parts of the territory late last month, but schools, shops and many banks remain closed while residents struggle with a communications blackout.

Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since the two gained independence from British rule in 1947. Both claim the territory in full.

While Kashmiris who have for decades fought around 500,000 Indian soldiers deployed in the territory, demand independence for the region or its merger with Muslim majority Pakistan.

Dawood Rehman
Dawood Rehman

The writer is a member of the staff.


Rupee gains massive recovery against US dollar after SBP relaxes rules for banks

KARACHI – The Pakistani rupee experienced a significant surge in its value in the open market against the dollar.

This surge came after a recent directive from the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), allowing banks to purchase dollars at the interbank market rate for international card payments. The objective of this move was to narrow the exchange rate gap between the official and informal markets.

According to the Exchange Companies Association of Pakistan, the currency market witnessed the dollar being traded at Rs298, compared to its previous day’s closing rate of 311.

The SBP’s decision was influenced by the International Monetary Fund’s demand for Pakistan to stabilize its currency market before resuming a $6.5 billion bailout program.

In a circular, the central bank stated, “In response to the feedback received from various stakeholders, Authorized Dealers are now permitted to buy USD from the Interbank market to settle card-based cross border transactions with international payment schemes (IPS).”

Market analysts had predicted a decline in the value of the rupee following the implementation of these new guidelines.

Zafar Paracha, the General Secretary of the ECAP, expressed that the SBP’s decision was timely and appropriate. He anticipated that it would lead to a decrease of 20 to 25 rupees in the open market currency rate. Paracha also noted that aligning the rates in the official and informal markets would bolster remittance inflows.

Pracha further emphasized that significant disparities in rates between the official and informal markets encourage transactions outside of the official banking system.

Today's gold rates in Pakistan – June 1, 2023

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 229,000 on Thursday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs197,620.   

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs181,150 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 211,290.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 229,000 PKR 2125
Karachi PKR 229,000 PKR 2125
Islamabad PKR 229,000 PKR 2125
Peshawar PKR 229,000 PKR 2125
Quetta PKR 229,000 PKR 2125
Sialkot PKR 229,000 PKR 2125
Attock PKR 229,000 PKR 2125
Gujranwala PKR 229,000 PKR 2125
Jehlum PKR 229,000 PKR 2125
Multan PKR 229,000 PKR 2125
Bahawalpur PKR 229,000 PKR 2125
Gujrat PKR 229,000 PKR 2125
Nawabshah PKR 229,000 PKR 2125
Chakwal PKR 229,000 PKR 2125
Hyderabad PKR 229,000 PKR 2125
Nowshehra PKR 229,000 PKR 2125
Sargodha PKR 229,000 PKR 2125
Faisalabad PKR 229,000 PKR 2125
Mirpur PKR 229,000 PKR 2125


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