India slams global interference in Kashmir after clashes


In the first week of August, India ended Kashmir's autonomous status, stepping up movement restrictions and cutting off phone and internet access.

Pakistan has escalated "ceasefire violations" along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir in the last few days in a bid to demonstrate "Kashmir as a potential flashpoint and seek world attention", Indian Army sources told ANI news agency adding that Islamabad is hoping to play the "victim card".

"We have banned Indian advertisements and launched a crackdown on CD shops to confiscate Indian movies", Dawn newspaper quoted Firdous Ashiq Awan, the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information, as saying. "We are a billion plus people", he said, after the council talks, which were requested by Pakistan and China.

"However, it has been observed that advertisements of various products of multinationals which are either produced in India or carrying Indian characters/talent [are] being aired on electronic media", according to the Pemra letter. Finding no support on its attempts to take the issue of the scrapping of Jammu and Kashmir's special status by India to the worldwide community, Imran Khan warned the other countries of severe repercussions, including Muslim radicalisation and violence.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday used an Independence Day speech to defend his decision to strip Kashmir of its special status as about 7 million residents of the disputed region endured an unprecedented security lockdown and communications blackout for an 11th day.

The Simla accord highlighted that "no settlement" had been reached on the Kashmir issue, but it mentioned "a final solution of Jammu and Kashmir" as one of the outstanding questions for settlement.

She further emphasised that India's claim that the issue was an "internal matter" stood nullified following today's meeting.

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The United Nations Security Council is expected to hold a closed-door meeting after China backed Pakistan's call for the worldwide body to discuss India's decision on the disputed Muslim-majority state.

"The people of Jammu and Kashmir should not be treated as pawns in a political crisis, and the worldwide community must come together to call for their human rights to be respected".

Authorities will begin restoring some telephone lines in India-administered Kashmir on Friday night, including in the main city of Srinagar where afternoon prayers went peacefully amid heavy security, a top state official said.

"Three Pakistani soldiers embraced "shahadat" (martyrdom)", the statement from the army's Inter-Services Public Relations said on Twitter.

It split the state of Jammu and Kashmir in two and downgraded their status to union territories, sparking a row with Pakistan. What happens in the future depends on the circumstances.' Both countries lay claim to Kashmir with the United Nations describing it as a "disputed territory".

Pakistan said one of its soldiers had been killed, bringing the death toll to six in less than 24 hours.