The lowest voting percentage in almost three decades is an indication of how the space for mainstream politics in the Valley has dramatically shrunk.
Several polling booths in the Srinagar parliamentary constituency had to be closed due to protests, and eight protestors died in security force firing.
In Pakistan, as in Kashmir, one finds brief moments of happiness amidst political uncertainty and grave injustice.
‘The boys in prison asked me, “You are not a stone pelter, you have opposed stone pelting, so why has the government jailed you?” And the truth is I had no answer’
Dozens are being arrested under the Public Safety Act in Kashmir and shifted to jails inaccessible to their families.
What Eid is this, ask people in the Valley as an unprecedented curfew and communication blockade cut them off from each other – and from the spirit of a much-loved festival.