Night life comes alive in restive Kashmir — not for partying

Srinagar, July 18: Nightlife, as known in other parts of the world, is unheard of in the restive Kashmir Valley. But the current unrest and heightened security restrictions have changed the times — albeit not for recreation.

“It is only for bare essentials. There are no choices. It is for survival,” Nazir Ahmed Khan, a father of two, told IANS.

Nazir Ahmed, a businessman in Jamia Masjid area of downtown Srinagar, said he came out on late Sunday evening and could only buy vegetables and milk. He hoped the stocks will “last for a couple of days”.

Since Kashmiris are voracious meat eaters, Nazir Ahmed lamented not being able to buy his preference of meat or chicken on his elder son’s demand.

A police spokesperson told media persons here that it will be “some more days” before the curfew is lifted. Till then, he said, people will have to do with whatever was available during the two-hour evening shopping window.


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