Protest demonstrations have taken place in the Shia dominated areas of the Valley and Kargil against the assassination of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani in a drone strike by the US on January 3. Shias constitute about 14% of the population of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir. Because of historical reasons, Shias across the globe remain staunchly anti-US, and so is true of Kashmir. However, there is no sectarian division among Shias and Sunnis over anti-US sentiments there.
In the past, realising the strong Sunni underpinnings of the “jihadi” organisations operating from Pakistan, Shias in J&K by and large kept themselves away from these groups despite being derided by local Sunnis. Read More