Unknown gunmen have killed two soldiers and a police officer in Indian-administered Kashmir amid heightened tensions in the disputed Himalayan region.
The assailants ambushed two army trucks and a police car overnight in Baramulla district, 60 kilometres (37 miles) west of the region’s main city of Srinagar, police said Wednesday.
Three more people were injured in the ambush. A search is underway to find the attackers.
Indian army convoys have been patrolling Kashmir at night more frequently in recent weeks amid a wave of unrest in the region.
Fresh series of clashes erupted in Kashmir on July 8, when people protested against the killing of Burhan Wani, a popular pro-independence fighter at the hands of Indian forces.
There are an estimated 500,000 Indian troops currently deployed in the restive territory. The country has imposed a curfew across large parts of the territory since July.
Since India and Pakistan won independence from British rule in 1947, the arch-rivals have been claiming Kashmir in full but have had only partial control over it.
Thousands of people have been killed in the unrest in Kashmir since early 1990s.
Freedom. Human equality. Morality. Humanity. All these values are ones that we all hold dearly, right? However let’s be honest, do any of these actually exist anymore? What happened to the eras where altruism was the common way of living, the eras where the difference between rich and poor was barely existent?
How is it possible that in one corner of the world, a person is swimming in pools of cash and fortune, and in another corner, someone else is watching their family die of starvation?...
Imam Sadjad (A.S) delivered another sermon in the precincts of Medina for the people who had come to see the sorrowful caravan of captives. This sermon, too, deeply affected people so that a year after Ashura tragedy people of Medina revolted against Bani Umayyah. Their revolution is known as Harrah Uprising.
Purposeful and Saddening Tears
Imam Sadjad (A.S) used to shed tears on every occasion to commemorate the martyrs of Karbala. Today, all the lamentations that have formed the culture of Karbala come from his incessant efforts. When they asked the Imam about his crying he said: “Woe on to you! Prophet Jacob (PBUH) had twelve sons; however, when Allah took away one of them, grief overtook him so much that his hair was whitened, his back was bent, and he lost his vision due to excessive crying, even though his son was actually alive. But I witnessed with my own eyes how my father, my brother, and seventeen of my family members were killed. So how do you expect my sadness to be relieved or my lamentation to be over?"[i]
Supporting Anti-Oppressor Uprisings
Translated by: Sadroddin Musawi
[i] Lahouf, Seyed bin Tavous, p. 380