Pakistan bans all cultural exchanges with India, consults China on India's move

Erika Holt
August 11, 2019

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in an address to the nation on Thursday promised Kashmiri people that his government is making "sincere efforts to ensure that the people in the region have no difficulties in celebrating Eid".

ThePrint has accessed the petition that stated that the "present clampdown is the most draconian in the history of Jammu and Kashmir".

"The Secretary-General has been following the situation in Jammu and Kashmir with concern and makes an appeal for maximum restraint", Mr Guterres' spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.

"The last thing the region and the world needs is further military confrontations between India and Pakistan over Kashmir", Graham had said.

The Press Trust of India news agency earlier said authorities would allow people to offer prayers in small local mosques, but there would be no Friday congregation at the historic Jama Masjid where thousands of Muslim normally pray every week. The rivals have also fought two wars over Kashmir.

Kashmiri leaders and citizens fear this step is an attempt by the Indian government to change demography of the Muslim-majority state, where some groups have been fighting against Indian rule for independence, or for unification with neighboring Pakistan.

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The petition seeks the top court's response to "whether the Union Government can unilaterally unravel this unique federal scheme, under cover of President's Rule, while undermining crucial elements of due process and the rule of law".

The relaxing of the curfew in Srinagar was temporary, officials said. The police officer said 12 people had been admitted to two hospitals in the city after receiving pellet injuries at Soura, taking the total injured in the protests this week to at least 30. Currently, the effective strength of the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly is 87, including four seats falling in Ladakh region.

The Parliament had on Tuesday ratified the government's decision to end the special status of Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Constitution. "We want Pakistan to understand this.", Kumar said.

Since the announcement of the revocation of Article 370 by India's Home Affairs Minister Amit Shah, social media has been flooded with purported advertisements offering plots of lands for sale in Indian-administered Kashmir. Jammu and Kashmir will no longer fly its own flag.

"This government claims that such a move was necessary for the full integration of the state and for its prosperity and development". The Parliament also passed the resolution revoking Article 370, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

The provision, inserted through a special Presidential order in 1954, also gave the Assembly powers to determine the recipients of grants, the right to purchase land and property, as well as settling permanently in the region.

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