Restrictions reimposed, strict security across Kashmir for Eid

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"We want freedom, we are neither a part of India, nor Pakistan", said Asifa, an 18-year-old woman who was among those protesting after prayers at the shrine of Jinab Sahib in Soura.

"I would urge every overseas Pakistani to step out on 15th August to register their protest in front of India High Commissions across the world to stand up against the unlawful, brutal and forcible occupation of IOK [Indian occupied Kashmir] by India", Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi tweeted.

Kashmiri women shout slogans during a protest after the scrapping of the special constitutional status for Kashmir by the Indian government, in Srinagar, on August 11, 2019.

On the occasion of the holy Muslim festival, General Bajwa also added that the Pakistani Army would observe Eid in solidarity with the Muslims of Indian Kashmir. There have been some incidents of protesters hurling stones at security forces and Friday saw hundreds clash with troops in Soura after weekly midday prayers.

Some protests were reported from the Soura area of the city but the festival was largely peaceful, officials said. After 9/11, Qureshi said, India had "cleverly tried to portray Kahsmiris' struggle for right to self-determination as terrorism".

Meanwhile, restrictions returned as sporadic clashes took place in Srinagar after security was eased on Saturday.

They have fought two wars over the former kingdom, while an insurgency against New Delhi's rule in Indian-administered Kashmir has claimed tens of thousands of lives in the past three decades. Pakistan downgraded its diplomatic ties and suspended bilateral trade with India in response to New Delhi's illegal annexation of disputed Jammu and Kashmir region.

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The government has said it will not negotiate with the separatists until they hand over all the military positions they seized. The commander was among 36 people killed - many of them newly graduated cadets - in the aerial attack, claimed by the Houthis.

Even though the BBC posted video to back up its reporting, Indian authorities flatly denied it, and another report by the Reuters news agency of a demonstration in the regional capital of Srinagar attended by some 10,000 people.

Russian Federation on Saturday said the administrative changes in the region were carried out within India's constitutional framework, according to Reuters partner ANI.

The decision of the Modi government was celebrated in Jammu and Ladakh but it had created tensions in the Kashmir valley.

Kashmiris as well as critics of India's Hindu nationalist-led government see the move as an attempt to dilute the demographics of Muslim-majority Kashmir with Hindu settlers.

With India moving to erase the constitutional provision that prohibited outsiders from buying property in Jammu and Kashmir state, Indians from the rest of the country can now purchase real estate and apply for government jobs there.

Pakistan had made a decision to take the issue to the UN Security Council, he said and added, China had assured full support for it. "They did it only because the region is dominated by Muslims", he had alleged. An opposition Congress party activist has already filed a petition challenging the communications blockade and the detentions of Kashmiri leaders.

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