Pakistan Will Not Take Military Option Over Kashmir: Qureshi

Pakistan Will Not Take Military Option Over Kashmir: Qureshi

"Ladakh will remain a Union Territory", PM Modi said.

Under its new status, the territory will have an elected assembly but will function under the control of the federal government in New Delhi.

The provision, inserted through a special Presidential order in 1954, also gave the Assembly powers to determine the recipients of grants, the right to purchase land and property, as well as settling permanently in the region.

In related developments, Pakistan has also downgraded diplomatic relations with India, suspended trade and expelled the Indian high commissioners. "We already see a sense of calm and normalcy", said Mr. Kumar, emphasising that food supply, operation of hospitals, newspaper circulation remains undisturbed in the state.

"In today's meeting, a separate discussion was held on Jammu and Kashmir Investors Summit and the investment in the UT. Citizens will receive all the benefits they deserve without any obstacles or challenges".

The Press Trust of India news agency earlier said authorities would allow people to offer prayers in small local mosques, but there would be no Friday congregation at the historic Jama Masjid where thousands of Muslim normally pray every week.

"So I'll refer you to the statement", he said.

"It's hell", a patient told the broadcaster. Talking to TV channels in Srinagar, Abdullah had also said, "as soon as the gates will open, our people will be out, we will fight, we'll go to court". An insurgency that began in 1989 and India's ensuing crackdown have killed more than 70,000 people.

A petition challenging the lockdown was filed in India's top court.

The External Affairs Ministry said it was not surprised by Pakistan because Islamabad "has used such sentiments to justify its cross-border terrorism". Another Congress leader from Jammu and Kashmir, Ghulam Nabi Azad, has strongly opposed the decisions, calling it murder of democracy and a betrayal of Kashmir.

He said China believes that unilateral actions that will complicate the situation should not be taken. "They have touched something they don't know how to get out of". "Since 06.08.2019 the Petitioner has not been able to print and publish the Kashmir edition, as the complete and absolute restrictions on all communication services and movement has resulted in the imposition of a de facto blockade on media activities, including reporting and publishing on the situation in Kashmir", it says.

The United States on Friday said that it has not changed it policy on Kashmir and continues to maintain that this is a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan.

"All matters relating to J&K are an internal matter, and a sovereign matter concerning India". 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 blackout also prevented the opinions of the residents of Kashmir from being reported, it added.

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