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Indian troops fire tear gas as mass protests erupt in Srinagar

Troops fire in the air as thousands rally in Indian-administered Kashmir's main city to denounce region's status change.

09 Aug 2019 18:19 GMT

Indian security forces have fired tear gas and shot live rounds in the air to disperse mass protests in Indian-administered Kashmir's main city as thousands rallied against New Delhi's stripping of the region's autonomy, according to local sources.
The protests erupted after noon prayers on Friday, with thousands of people marching towards the centre of Srinagar ignoring a curfew imposed as part of an unprecedented security lockdown in the disputed region, exclusive footage obtained by Al Jazeera showed.
Some demonstrators were carrying black flags and placards saying "We want freedom" and "Abrogation of Article 370 is not acceptable."
India's Hindu-nationalist government on Monday revoked Article 370 of India's constitution, limiting the region's decision-making powers and eliminating its right to its own constitution.
The government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi also downgraded Indian-administered Kashmir from statehood to two federally administered territories - Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh - ruled directly by New Delhi.
Al Jazeera's Priyanka Gupta, citing local sources, said the police fired live bullets in the air and used "tear gas, rubber-coated steel bullets" to push protesters back
"We understand there have been injuries," she said, reporting from the Indian capital, New Delhi. Some were wounded from pellet guns, she added.
A police officer, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told Reuters news agency that 10,000 people attended the protest. The protesters gathered in Srinagar's Soura area and were pushed back to the Aiwa bridge, the officer said.

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A witness told Reuters "some women and children jumped into the water", while another said: "They [police] attacked us from both sides."
India sent some 10,000 additional troops to the Muslim-majority region in the lead-up to its announcement on Monday, imposing a curfew on parts of the territory, shutting down telecommunications and arresting political leaders. Nearly 700,000 Indian soldiers are deployed in Indian-administered Kashmir, where civilian protesters and armed rebels either want independence or a merger with Pakistan.
'No faith in India'
Earlier on Friday, security forces eased restrictions to allow Muslim worshippers to attend noon prayers in their neighbourhood mosques. The main Jama mosque in Srinagar remained closed, however, and a police officer posted there told Reuters he faced regular attack from young people throwing stones.
In a narrow alley behind the mosque, 32-year-old Tariq Ahmed warned of a backlash against the Indian government once it relaxed the curbs on movement in the city.
"If they (authorities) have used force on unarmed Kashmiris, we will also react with force," Ahmed, a university worker, told Reuters.
"We have no faith in the Indian government. They should let us protest. Otherwise, the only option is armed struggle."

Kashmiris take cover from tear gas shells during a protest after Friday prayers in Srinagar [Dar Yasin/ AP]

A Kashmiri prepares to catch a stone during an anti-India protest Srinagar [Altaf Qadri/ AP]
Residents of Kashmir fear the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) scrapped the region's special status to shift its demographics, partly by allowing outsiders to own property there. Article 370 had barred Indians from outside the territory from permanently settling and buying land there.
Modi, however, defended the status change as necessary to free the region from "terrorism and separatism". In a speech on Thursday, he also said the move would boost economic growth and pledged to expedite development projects.
Pakistan, China protest
The scrapping of Kashmir's special status has also heightened tensions with neighbouring Pakistan.
The two nuclear-armed countries claim Kashmir in full, but each governs a portion.
In response to New Delhi's move, Islamabad expelled the Indian envoy, suspended trade, halted cross-border train services and banned Indian films.
Thousands in Pakistan also staged rallies on Friday, with protesters in the southern city of Karachi setting fire to effigies of Modi, calling him a "terrorist" and criticising the United Nations for its inaction.
Protests also took place in Pakistan's capital, Islamabad, and in Lahore and Quetta.
Meanwhile, Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi headed to China's capital, Beijing, on Friday for hastily arranged talks with his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi.
China, which also controls a section of Kashmir in Ladakh, protested this week after India reaffirmed its claim to Beijing's territory on the Aksai Chin plateau. India and China fought a border war in 1962, after Chinese forces occupied the Himalayan plateau.
China's foreign ministry released a statement after the meeting with Qureshi, saying Beijing was "seriously concerned about the turbulence and escalating tensions" in Kashmir.
"China will continue to firmly support the Pakistan side in safeguarding its legitimate rights," the statement continued, adding that the Kashmir issue should be resolved at the United Nations. "Both Pakistan and India are China's friendly neighbours ... We call on both sides to focus on national development and peace in South Asia," the statement continued.
Qureshi released a video statement after the meeting in which he added: "I am very pleased that China once again proved today that it is Pakistan's reliable friend".
India's Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar is to visit Beijing from Sunday for talks with Wang.

Supporters of the Tehrik-e-Labaik Pakistan political party chant slogans as they wave flags during a rally to express solidarity with the people of Kashmir, in Lahore [Mohsin Raza/Reuters]

SOURCE: Al Jazeera and news agencies



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This shit has been going on forever !
The last line tells it all !



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The civil unrest that started from 1989-2004, in Kashmir ha# been brutal to Kashmiri pandits, Hindus. They have been systematically targeted by militants trained to fight the soviets and let loose into Kashmir by the military intelligence of Pakistan, the ISI. The whole India state of Kashmir law and order broke down and it was freely run by the militants. The targeted killing of BJP, Law maker, Mr Handoo, the killing of judges and the kidnapping of union minister, mufti Mohammed sayeed, indicated that the rich and powerful were no longer safe and the whole state apparatus failed to protect ordinary citizens. The pandits moved to other parts of India as refugees, they had property in Kashmir that they could not sell. internally displaced.

September 11 2001 event and the war on terror brought America back into Afghanistan. The taliban disband and moved into Pakistan. These battle hardened militants were then able to find work again in Iraq and later Libya followed by Syria. A full 18 years later after changing several names, they seem to be waiting for the Americans to exit and regain power in Afghanistan. The taliban had the support of the Pakistani ISI.

It’s a nuisance to deal with a guerilla militants in a neighboring country with a huge border. India was forced by geopolitics to seal of Kashmir and divide the state into two union territories, Ladakh with a majority Buddhist population and Jammu and Kashmir.

Pakistan of course does not like the move and has been making noises to make a show for its population. The problem for Pakistan is it has become economic disaster and can ill afford to anger the international community anymore. If it is seen to be openly supporting any militant now, they can become blacklisted by FATF, Financial Action Task Force. If they get blacklisted then the dollar pipeline will be cut and it will become bankrupt. Clearly the politicians there are under enormous pressure from the educated intelligentsia not to further damage international relations. On the other hand what to do with the trained mujahideen? Some of them are quietly being rounded up and jailed

On the other hand China is not happy with India because Ladakh borders Tibet and the Chinese Silk Road CPEC, China Pakistan economic corridor runs through disputed part of Azad Kashmir, Pakistan administered Kashmir.

The great game may be played again, this time the USA and even Soviet Union? May be wanting to disrupt that trade corridor. Very interesting times. Even China doesn’t completely go along with Pakistan because of its Uyghur Muslim problem.


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Apr 13, 2011
They should send in Led Zeppelin...