Kashmir under lockdown: All the latest updates

Source: Al-Jazeera

Government source tells AFP an average of 20 protests a day took place in the disputed region in the last six weeks.

The Indian government revoked the special status accorded to Indian-administered Kashmir in its constitution, the most far-reaching political move on the disputed region in nearly 70 years.

A presidential decree issued on August 5 revoked Article 370 of India’s constitution that guaranteed special rights to the Muslim-majority state, including the right to its own constitution and autonomy to make laws on all matters except defence, communications and foreign affairs.

In the lead-up to the move, India sent thousands of additional troops to the disputed region, imposed a crippling curfew, shut down telecommunications and internet, and arrested political leaders.

The move has worsened the already-heightened tensions with neighbouring Pakistan, which downgraded its diplomatic relations with India.

India and Pakistan claim Kashmir in full but rule it in part. The nuclear-armed neighbours have fought two of their three wars over the disputed territory. A rebellion in Indian-administered Kashmir has been ongoing for 30 years.

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One Response

  1. The Pakistani government, despite this revocation of Article 370 being a part of BJP’s re-election manifesto and the BJP manifesto at all since the BJP came into existence, did not so much as even speak of this possibility until it happened. What sort of incompetents staff our foreign office?

    They’ve made sufficient amounts of noise on Kashmir since it happened which is a slight improvement but they’re headed in a direction with the current type of discourse which may be harmful in the long run. Investing too hard in NYT and WaPo op-eds by liberals and even Indian liberals – who argue purely HR issues and not self-determination – isn’t ultimately going to sustain a powerful Kashmir narrative.

    They need to reach out to things like the BDS movement, to independant media etc, because support gained in those circles is profound and long-term. But there’s such a stunning lack of vision among PTI and its very Western-minded overseas supporters.

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