UN Security Council holds meeting to discuss Kashmir

Information vacuums and uncertainty tend to keep investors at bay and Kashmir is currently under lockdown

Information vacuums and uncertainty tend to keep investors at bay and Kashmir is currently under lockdown

He said that eight people suffered injuries, but they were in stable condition. We want to tell the global community that we have doubts about India's intentions. He also briefed her about the unilateral and illegal actions of India, including suspension of mobile and internet services, imposition of curfew, human rights violations and blockade of the entire region.

Security forces that blanketed the region remain on high alert after hundreds of people took to the streets for an anti-India protest following Friday prayers in Srinagar, the main city in the divided Himalayan region.

The government had imposed the lockdown to avoid a violent reaction to its decision on August 5 to downgrade the autonomy of the region. The Indian government has cut all means of communication of Jammu and Kashmir with the outside world.

One of the revisions allows anyone to buy land in Indian-controlled Kashmir, which some Kashmiris fear could change the region's culture and demographics.

"There is widespread corruption and the police here have made it a business to pick up any people it wants and then ask for money to release them from detention", Malik told AFP as he went to visit a sick neighbour in hospital.

Observers said that the Security Council had put the onus of resolving the conflict on India and Pakistan.

After Islamabad's abysmal failure at UNSC, Beijing did try and console Pakistan.

The celebrations were to mark the first United Nations Security Council meeting about the Kashmir issue for about five decades.

"The President conveyed the importance of India and Pakistan reducing tensions through bilateral dialogue regarding the situation in Jammu and Kashmir", Deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said in a statement.

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Syed Akbaruddin, India's permanent ambassador at the United Nations, was honoured with a cake by the team of Indian envoys after he successfully put forth New Delhi's stand at the closed-door meeting of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to discuss the recent restrictions imposed in Jammu & Kashmir.

Pakistan-occupied Kashmir president Sardar Masood Khan, along with various other federal Ministers and special advisers to the Prime Minister, were attending the meeting, Geo said.

Mohammed Altaf Malik, 30, said people remained angry about the stripping of Kashmir's special status "and the way it was done".

Earlier on Friday, Pakistan's army reported more exchanges of fire across the heavily militarised Line of Control dividing Pakistan- and Indian-administered Kashmir.

Primary schools will reopen on Monday, and public transport will be restored gradually after evaluating the security situation, said B.V.R. Subrahmanyam, a senior official with the regional government.

Some feel that being the Foreign Minister Qureshi shouldn't have sounded so negative but his detractors fail to realise that he really didn't have any other choice since Poland, which is the current president UNSC, had already rejected Islamabad's request of raising the Kashmir issue at this forum on the grounds that it should be resolved "bilaterally". Some threw stones and clashed with security forces, which responded with tear gas.

Modi has defended the Kashmir changes as freeing the territory from separatism, and his supporters welcomed the move. Critics have likened it to Israeli settlements in Palestinian territories.

Since they were partitioned in 1947, India and Pakistan have fought three wars - in 1948, 1965 and 1971 - two of them over Kashmir, in addition to a three-week long Kargil skirmish in 1999.

India accuses Pakistan of arming and training insurgents who have been fighting for Kashmir's independence from India or its merger with Pakistan since 1989. "The Indian aggression and designs are a threat to Pakistan's borders and the LoC but our armed forces are always ready to face all such challenges", he said, adding that the nation has full confidence in the armed forces and their professional capabilities.

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