India's Kashmir move challenged in top court as curfew eased again

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Passengers arrive from India at Lahore railway station in Pakistan, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019.

What Pakistan has failed to realise is that wealthy Arab states would prefer to have a stake in New Delhi's success story than back debt-stricken Islamabad in its complaint against India.

Fear gripped the political leadership in Jammu and Kashmir as speculations surfaced earlier this month that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led central government could abolish or try to amend Article 35A and Article 370 that accorded special status to the region.

Kashmir is claimed in its entirety by both India and Pakistan and is divided between the archrivals.

Regional leaders have warned of a backlash in the area, where militants have been fighting Indian rule for almost 30 years, leading to the deaths of more than 50,000 people. Tens of thousands of government forces in riot gear have been patrolling the streets of the main city, Srinagar, to discourage protests. Friday Prayers start at 12:37 p.m.in Srinagar and last for about 20 minutes. "There has been no incident of violence", External Affairs Ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar told reporters in New Delhi.

"There were around 10,000 people at the protest in Soura", the police officer said.

The statement by Antonio Guterres on Thursday came as Narendra Modi, the prime minister of India, defended the controversial stripping of special rights from the disputed region as necessary to stop "terrorism and separatism".

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The restrictions on public movement throughout Kashmir have forced people to stay indoors and closed shops and even clinics.

Islamabad and New Delhi have held several rounds of summit-level talks on Kashmir, but a resolution has failed to emerge each time.

"We see a sense of calm and normalcy (in Kashmir)". "This was a 70-year-old contract that the government squashed unconstitutionally". He stated "it seems the whole of Kashmir has been detained" and "in absence of any concrete information he is only left with rumors of violence and killing in Kashmir Valley".

In a sign of global concerns raised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's move to tighten control on Kashmir, Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi went to Beijing for hastily arranged talks with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.

On Friday, senior Chinese diplomat Wang Yi said China was gravely concerned about the situation in Kashmir, the cause of two of three wars between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan.

The court however denied any early hearing and said that the matter needed to be listed before the Chief Justice of India first. Article 370 was extensively considered and carefully drafted in order to ensure the peaceful and democratic accession of the formerly princely state of Jammu and Kashmir to the Indian Union, contended the petition, identifying the significance of Article 370, defining and regulating the relationship between J&K and the Union of India. Pakistan also got no comfort in Washington, where a State Department spokesperson said there was no change in the U.S. policy on Kashmir, which calls for direct, bilateral talks.

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