Published On: Wed, Oct 30th, 2019

India news: Kashmir power move sparks outrage as Pakistan fume at China deal | World | News

The Jammu and Kashmir state has been embroiled in strict curfews and a harsh security clampdown for nearly three months, and now India has escalated tensions with their latest power move. The split of the territory will be finalised on Thursday, and has sparked further unrest in the region where many are resisting Indian rule. Street protests against the measures have erupted sporadically, while militants have killed around a dozen people from outside the state in recent weeks.

The government has also imposed severe restrictions on travel and cut telephone and internet lines as a security lockdown remains largely in place while broadband and mobile internet connections remain unavailable to most Kashmiris.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan claimed that India was looking for an opportunity to justify “atrocities” in Kashmir and divert the world’s attention to terrorism.

He made the statement as rumours circulated that jihadists were preparing to take action against India as retaliation to their occupation.

Khan argued this was not wise, stating: “Some elements are instigating Jihad and armed struggle against the Indian forces which will be a great damage to the Kashmir cause, and is against the interest of Pakistan as well.”

He pledged that Pakistan would go to any length to support the cause of Kashmiris – diplomatically and politically.

He said: “Today, I assure that the entire nation is standing by you (Kashmiris) and Pakistan will go to any length to help you.”

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However, after a meeting earlier this month, Xi Jinping reportedly suggested that Beijing and New Delhi will seek increased military cohesion in the Kashmir region.

India has placed a curfew and other restrictions on people in its part of Kashmir since downgrading the special status of the disputed Himalayan region on August 5.

Article 370 granted the region autonomy, self governance and self identity – but Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi changed the legislation meaning the region is now split into two union territories.

Kashmir lost its right to frame its own laws and non-residents were allowed to buy property there in changes the Indian government said would drive development and pull the region into line with the rest of the nation.

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