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Communication services partially restored in Kashmir: Indian govt

19 August 2019

Police in Kashmir said restrictions on the movement of people were relaxed in several parts of the region.

There is still a lockdown in much of the region, including in some parts of Srinagar and in sensitive major towns, two Reuters witnesses said. "We are a billion-plus people", Akbaruddin told reporters. Police maintained a presence between the two groups but no clashes and no arrests were reported.

Another security official said "thousands are jailed" but that the figure did not include other residents whose detentions at police stations had not been recorded.

Public transport buses started operating in some rural areas in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Saturday.

The security crackdown and a news blackout were installed following an August 5 decision by India's Hindu nationalist government to downgrade the Muslim-majority region's autonomy.

In the past 24 hours, there has been a series of protests against New Delhi's August 5 revocation of Jammu and Kashmir state's autonomy.

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Pakistan has termed as an "act of annexation", India's abrogation of Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, and division of the state into two Union Territories - Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.

Foreign Office spokesman says India is targeting civilian population at the LoC and Working Boundary.

Qureshi said that world bodies have responded positively to Pakistan's call to discuss the issue.

Basit urged Pakistan to arrange an OIC foreign ministers summit in Islamabad as quickly as possible.

The rare closed-door consultations on Kashmir by the Security Council ended without any outcome or statement from the powerful 15-nation UN organ, dealing a huge snub to Pakistan and its all-weather ally China to internationalise the issue, which an overwhelming majority stressed is a bilateral matter between New Delhi and Islamabad. Being a "closed door meeting" it was held under the less formal provision of "any other business" and to make things even more embarrassing, instead of deliberating on the issue of New Delhi's latest actions in J&K as proposed by Pakistan, the agenda of the discussion was "India-Pakistan question".

"Prime Minister Khan conveyed Pakistan's concern on recent developments in Kashmir and the threat they pose to the regional peace", Qureshi was quoted as saying by the state-run Radio Pakistan.

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Jammu and Kashmir government spokesman Rohit Kansal said previously there was "no centralised figure" for the total number of people detained.

The Foreign Minister said as for the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, Pakistan's position is based on UN Charter principles and worldwide law and remains unchanged.

The officials said security forces had been pelted with stones on 47 occasions on Saturday night in the Kashmir Valley, and more than 20 on Sunday. Half of the region's exchanges are expected to be in service by Sunday, he said.

Schools in some areas will reopen on Monday, officials said.

The revelations came as the family of a timber trader alleged he died after suffocating from tear gas fired by security forces. The move has erupted protests all over Pakistan, while the Indian controlled Kashmir region is under lockdown. Critics have likened it to Israeli settlements in Palestinian territories.

India accuses Pakistan of arming and training insurgents who have been fighting for Kashmir's independence from India or its merger with Pakistan since 1989. No formal minutes or notes were taken at the meeting, and neither India not Pakistan were present at the deliberations.

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Communication services partially restored in Kashmir: Indian govt