In a Facebook post, Deputy Editor of the Indian Express Muzamil Jaleel described the current climate of Srinagar.

“I have just come to Delhi from Srinagar. It is worst than 1846. Srinagar is a city of soldiers and spools of concertina wire,” he wrote.

“Phones — mobiles and landlines — have been disconnected. Internet is off. There is no money in ATMs. A very strict curfew has been imposed across Kashmir. I could only move around with lot of difficulty in uptown Srinagar. I have no information outside that small part of the city,” added Mr Jaleel.

The journalist wrote that he heard there had been protests in the old town of Baramullah, but there was no means to confirm the reports.

“Everyone I met is in shock. There is a strange numbness. We heard about killing of two protesters but there is no way to confirm. Kashmir has been turned invisible even inside Kashmir,” he said.

Published in Dawn, August 7th, 2019

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