Indian Kashmir under curfew ahead of 'black day' anniversary

Irfan Amin Malik

Irfan Amin Malik

"In June, the government announced a new media policy in Jammu and Kashmir that empowers the authorities to decide what is "fake news, plagiarism and unethical or anti-national activities" and to take punitive action against media outlets, journalists, and editors", read the statement from the HRW. "There are apprehensions of militants attacks in the coming days, and the relaxation in the Covid lockdown was only for Eid", IG (Kashmir Zone) J&K Police K Vijay Kumar told The Indian Express.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan had earlier in the day unveiled the new "political map", Dawn reported.

After the August 5 decision, Indian authorities enforced an information blackout and a harsh security clampdown in Kashmir for months.

Srinagar administration on August 3 evening imposed a curfew in the city citing inputs of violent protests on the first anniversary of revocation of article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K).

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"This is the most historic day in Pakistan's history", he said while addressing a news conference after chairing the meeting of federal cabinet, which approved the new map on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Imran Khan said the worldwide community had promised to give the right of self-determination to Kashmiri people, but this promise was still to be honoured.

"The people of Pakistan will raise voice and flags in support of oppressed Kashmiri people on Wednesday", he said, adding that the struggle will continue until the Kashmiris get their right to self-determination as promised to them by the UN Security Council resolutions.

India responded by calling the map "an exercise in political absurdity" that lays "untenable claims" to Indian territory.

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India has dismissed the release of new map of Pakistan by Imran Khan government calling it "an exercise in political absurdity" and "ridiculous assertions" which neither have "legal validity nor global credibility".

Kashmir has been split since 1947 between India and Pakistan, both of which claim it in has been the spark for two wars between the arch-rivals.

Speaking on the occasion, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi congratulated the entire nation and Prime Minster Imran for taking the "unprecedented step".

"Pakistan has made it clear today that we reject India's tactics and that Islamabad is ready for a peaceful solution to the disputed territories - Gilgit Baltistan and Kashmir", he said.

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