Restrictions eased in parts of Kashmir; landlines, 2G internet back

The last time there was a full Security Council meeting on Kashmir dispute was in 1965

Lauding Prime Minister Imran Khan's speech on Kashmir crisis, PBIF chief said speech was according to the aspirations of the people of Pakistan and Kashmir while the COAS statement in which he has reassured to stand with Kashmir has boosted the morale of people and put rumours to the rest. "The voice of the Kashmiri people resonated in the chambers of the world's highest diplomatic forum", which one can safely conclude either fell on deaf ears or wasn't convincing because UNSC didn't come out with any statement in support of Islamabad.

The psychological war broke out amid continued lockdown of Jammu and Kashmir following abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution on August 5.

Earlier, four Twitter handles run by the ISI or the Pakistan Army were removed for circulating fake news on the Kashmir situation.

Hundreds of protesters in Indian-administered Kashmir clashed with police Friday as the UN Security Council began its first meeting on the territory in almost half a century, with tensions soaring over New Delhi's move to strip the disputed region of its autonomy.

Indian Foreign Ministry officials have said Kashmir is returning to normal, but news organizations in the region describe severe constraints, including the suspension of internet, cellphone and landline services and steel and barbed-wire street blockades.

The landline connections were also restored in some other parts of the region, PTI said.

Indian Army is fully prepared, equipped and ready to undertake any task along or across Line of Control (LOC), he said.

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On Friday, US Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan External met Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar in New Delhi and discussed with him ways to take forward the "deep convergences" in India-US strategic ties, with both sides focusing on a rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific - in the backdrop of China's widening footprints in the region.

The meeting was called after Pakistan - backed by its all-weather ally - China, requested "closed consultations" on the issue.

The Indian government confirmed the clashes only after several days had passed, blaming them on stone-throwing "miscreants" and saying its forces reacted with "restraint". Like Israel, India uses "terrorism" and "religious extremism" as a pretext to arrest without a warrant, shoot-to-kill, use live ammunition against non-violent protesters, and engage in collective punishment against civilian populations.

The ever-belligerent India's hostility in the Indian-occupied Kashmir (IoK) has surpassed all bounds of civility. This is the weakest point in the entire process for Pakistan and allows enormous gaps for Indian diplomats to play around with the help of the other four permanent (France, Russia, US and UK) and ten non-permanent members which include Germany, South Africa, Belgium, Poland, Côte d'Ivoire, Peru, Dominican Republic, Kuwait, Equatorial Guinea, and Indonesia.

Mr Khan, who has compared Modi's government to Nazi Germany, promised to "fight until the end" against any Indian aggression.

The aid package, originally set at $7.5 billion under the Kerry Lugar Berman Act, was implemented in 2010, but a breakdown in US-Pakistan relations has delayed the distribution of funds. Pakistan made no immediate comment on the violence. "Now Modi has changed the law by force to stop Kashmir's autonomy", he said. Critics have likened it to Israeli settlements in Palestinian territories.

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