Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi fears 'unchecked population explosion'

Indian PM Modi Addresses Independence Day Amid Kashmir Tensions, Vows to Expose Exporters of Terror

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi fears 'unchecked population explosion'

The two countries have fought two wars over the territory.

An Indian paramilitary soldier stands guard on a deserted road leading towards an Independence Day parade venue during lockdown in the city of Srinagar in Indian-administered Kashmir. "I know people travel to different countries for holidays, but can we think of visiting at least 15 tourist destinations in India before 2022, when we mark 75 years of freedom", PM Modi asked citizens from the ramparts of Red Fort during his Independence speech. PM Modi is speaking about the Centre's decision to scrap Article 370, stripping the state of Jammu and Kashmir its special status.

Earlier in August, Modi ordered the state of Jammu and Kashmir split into two, and his forces have held the region under lockdown and a communications blackout ever since. Critics have likened it to Israeli settlements in Palestinian territories. "I pray that the next five years go so well for him that the whole world recognizes the positive decisions he made", Qamar Mohsin Shaikh told news agency ANI after meeting the Prime Minister. With an ongoing ban on public assembly, security forces only allowed the faithful to enter mosques alone or in pairs.

India's top diplomat, foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale, said Monday the restrictions on daily life in Kashmir were "primarily precautionary in nature" and would be lifted gradually.

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The changes to Kashmir would be key to India's future development, Modi pledged.

Thousands of people, waving Pakistani and Kashmiri flags, protested outside the Indian High Commission in London on "Black Day" being observed across Pakistan and in other parts of the world against Indian atrocities in Occupied Kashmir, ARY News reported on Thursday.

Fire continues to be exchanged intermittently, Pakistan's armed forces said.

There was no way to independently confirm the claims.

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"Jammu-Kashmir and Ladakh will become a big inspiration for India's growth journey, comfort, progress and peace". Let us never see wealth creators with suspicion.

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United Nations peacekeepers have been deployed since 1949 to observe a ceasefire between India and Pakistan in occupied Kashmir.

Pakistan said on Thursday three of its soldiers were killed in a cross-border exchange of fire in the contested Kashmir region, but India denied that five of its troops died, too. The revocation has caused widespread outrage in Kashmir. "So there is nothing new in it", Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said.

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"It is good. Everyone will be benefited by this, because every common man will be able to work there and start business there", Singh said.

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