Armed forces in Srinagar of Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IoJ&K) have fired pellet guns and tear gas on the troubled valley’s Shia community members in attempts to keep them from taking out Muharram processions on Ashura, it has emerged.

According to reports, dozens of people sustained injuries as Indian military fired pellet guns to keep them from attending religious gatherings.

Pictures doing rounds on social media showed people lying in hospitals with severe wounds on the face and other body parts.

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The acts of brutality from Sunday were condemned by Pakistan.

In a statement, Foreign Office (FO) spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said that due to the illegal and indiscriminate use of pellets, dozens of Kashmiris were wounded and some had sustained eye injuries causing permanent blindness.

Meanwhile, Indian media tried to defend the violence as journalists, including Gaurav C Sawant, took to Twitter and wrote, “If one breaks the law, one should be ready to face the full force of law enforcement agencies.”