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Cold Eid celebrations in Srinagar as restrictions return

August 13, 2019

Even though the situation in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) is said to be peaceful after scrapping of Article 370, restrictions were imposed back in the valley. This did affect Eid-Al-Adha celebrations as most people were unable to attend prayers or even go outside their homes. But there was no incidents of violence reported from anywhere across J&K. Most of the prayers were held inside houses at neighbourhoods as people were denied permission to attend mosques in fear of violence. Streets were seen deserted as well.

In spite of all the fake videos @BBC releases, truth is that Kashmir is peaceful. Vested interests want violence in Kashmir & lack of it is troubling them. This is Srinagar celebrating Eid. Listen to sound of prayers from Shankaracharya Hilltop. Eid Mubarak, India. The Jammu and Kashmir police along with army had clearly stated that no big gatherings will be allowed anywhere. Politicians like Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah, who were detained, were given permission to pray at nearby mosques-Retd Major Gaurav Arya, Indian army veteran/speaker.

Thousands of military troops have been deployed across J&K by central government in order to ensure peace. According to reports, Indian army offered Pakistan officials sweets as part of Eid-Al-Adha which was refused by them.

Many videos surfaced online where peaceful Eid celebrations were seen being carried out across J&K, and all of them were peaceful.

"Tens of thousands of people offered Eid prayers in #Kashmir with utmost veneration and peace. Eid Mubark. Large number of people congregated for Eid-ul-Adha prayers in thousands of mosques all across Kashmir valley. Peaceful all around", tweeted J&K police officer Imtiyaz Hussain.

"Eid being celebrated across Kashmir valley peacefully without any protest or violence. If someone tells you, police or state did not allow prayers, show them this video showing top vantage shot of entire Srinagar city. Loudspeakers audible with prayers. Prayers for peace!", tweeted Journalist Aditya Raj Kaul.

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