Troops from India and Pakistan have exchanged heavy fire and mortar shelling along the restive Line of Control (LoC) that divides Kashmir between the two countries, with a total of six soldiers reportedly killed from both sides.
Shops and offices were shut in Indian Kashmir on Thursday and the streets largely deserted as federal authorities formally revoked the restive state’s constitutional autonomy and split it into two federal territories.
The Indian government has blocked text messaging services for mobile phones in the Indian-administered Kashmir only a day after a communication lockdown had been partially terminated in the disputed region.
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Saturday for a "new era" in relations with China as he held talks with President Xi Jinping, aiming to overcome troublesome differences between the world's two most populous nations.
Following an address to the UN General Assembly by Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan, who condemned India’s behavior in Kashmir, authorities in the region have tightened restrictions on people’s movements.
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan says a “bloodbath” will take place in Indian-administered Kashmir when India lifts its “inhuman” curfew imposed when New Delhi stripped the disputed region of its autonomous status.
Since India stripped Kashmir of its autonomous status in August, not even a single prayer has been offered in mosques across the Muslim majority Kashmir. Indian officials claim these precautionary measures are taken to prevent large religious gatherings from turning into anti-India demonstrations.
This is the peak of the Apple harvest season in Kashmir: the fruit market, which would otherwise be full of the hustle and bustle of growers, traders, and buyers, wears a deserted look today. This is Asia’s second largest fruit market.