Kashmir in lockdown after autonomy scrapped

Kashmir in lockdown after autonomy scrapped

Indian-administered Kashmir remains locked down a day after it was stripped of a status that gave it significant autonomy from the rest of India.


Telephone networks and the internet, which were cut off on Sunday evening, are yet to be restored and tens of thousands of troops are patrolling the streets.

Instances of protest and stone-throwing have been reported despite the communications blackout and a curfew.

Local leaders have also been detained.

The Himalayan region of Kashmir is claimed in its entirety by both India and Pakistan, but they each control only parts of it.

There is a long-running separatist insurgency on the Indian side, which has led to thousands of deaths over three decades.

India accuses Pakistan of supporting insurgents but its neighbor denies this, saying it only gives moral and diplomatic support to Kashmir who wants self-determination.

In his first remarks on the revoked status, Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan said what had happened was illegal under international law and that his country could take the issue to UN security council.

BBC

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