Indian PM hails move to abolish autonomy in Kashmir

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday hailed the “historic” step of abolishing autonomy in Indian-administered Kashmir, in a powerful speech marking India’s Independence Day.

Indian authorities have imposed a closure on the Kashmir-controlled part of Kashmir since August 4, restricting freedom of movement and shutting down telephone and Internet networks.

A day later, New Delhi decided to repeal Article 730 of the Indian Constitution, which grants Kashmir a special status, and to divide Jammu and Kashmir into two areas into areas under Indian central administration.

Moody, 68, said in a speech from “Red Fort” in Delhi on Thursday that the decision was one of the “pioneering” steps taken by the newly re-elected administration.

He hailed the “new thinking” as a necessity after seven decades of failure to ensure homogeneity in the region.

“We do not believe in creating or prolonging problems and in less than 70 days after the new government takes office, Article 370 has become a thing of the past. In the parliament, two-thirds of the deputies supported this step.”

“Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh will become a major inspiration for India’s journey of growth, prosperity, progress and peace,” he said.

“The old arrangement in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh encouraged corruption, nepotism and injustice to the rights of women, children, the untouchables and tribal communities,” he said.

“Their dreams have become new wings.”

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ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan launched a diplomatic campaign aimed at scrapping the Indian move and formally asked the UN Security Council on Tuesday to hold an emergency session to discuss India’s “illegal” steps.

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, who compared Moody’s government to Nazi Germany, said on Wednesday it was time to teach Delhi a lesson, promising to “fight to the end” against Indian aggression.

“The Pakistani military has information that they (India) are planning to do something in Pakistani Kashmir, and it is ready and able to react forcefully,” Khan said in a televised address from Muzaffarabad, capital of Pakistan-administered Kashmir. We will fight to the end. ”

In August 1947, British-ruled India was divided into two independent states: Hindu-majority India and Muslim-majority Pakistan.

The nuclear-armed countries have fought two major wars and many clashes over the region.

Fearing protests and unrest over the Indian move, Indian Kashmir has been closed for more than a week as tens of thousands of troops are sent in reinforcements to Srinagar, its main city, other towns and villages, with a curfew in the area and telephone and Internet lines cut off.

Indian forces are patrolling the main roads of the province, and the security forces on Friday used tear gas to disperse a demonstration in which about 8,000 people participated to protest the government’s move.

It has detained university professors, business leaders and activists from more than 500 people in the region, some of whom have been moved to different parts of India, according to press reports.

The government said it had lifted restrictions on the mainly Hindu Jammu region but continued to impose it in the Kashmir valley, which has been the cradle of resistance to Indian rule for decades.

“The restrictions in Jammu have been completely removed and schools and other institutions have returned to work,” Munir Khan, a local police official, told Indian media.

But the closure of the area did not prevent the population from expressing anger.

According to residents, about 8,000 people took part in a protest after Friday prayers, and security forces fired tear gas and bullets to disperse the protest.

The Indian government only confirmed the protests on Tuesday, blaming a “group of bastards” throwing stones, saying the troops had exercised “restraint.”

Hundreds of people protested in the Sora district of Srinagar, chanting slogans such as “We want freedom” and “India Oudi” as helicopters hovered overhead.

Moody’s 90-minute speech ended with shouting “Long live India.”

Schoolchildren were seen dressed in the yellow, white and green Indian flag and sang the national anthem.

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