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India’s top court to examine change in Kashmir’s status


An Indian security personnel stands guard on a deserted road during restrictions in Srinagar. File photo/ Reuters

India’s top court is taking up legal challenges to the government’s decision to revoke Indian-controlled Kashmir’s special status and has asked the government to explain its stance to the court.

The Supreme Court held a preliminary hearing on the petitions on Wednesday and said five judges will start a regular hearing in October.

It ordered the federal government to file its replies to 14 petitions and inform the court about the media restrictions imposed in Kashmir.

Kashmiri women walk past an Indian security personnel during restrictions in Srinagar.

Indian government imposed a security lockdown and communications blackout in Kashmir to avoid a violent reaction to the Aug.5 decision to downgrade the region’s autonomy.

The decision has touched off anger in Indian-controlled Kashmir and in neighbouring Pakistan. Kashmir is claimed by both nations and divided between them.

Associated Press

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