India’s main opposition Congress said on Wednesday it would boycott local elections in Kashmir, joining two other parties in a setback for government efforts to restart political activity after it revoked the state’s special status two months ago.
Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday he was watching the situation in Kashmir and would support Pakistan in issues related to its core interests, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.
The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Thursday abolished the Legislative Council ahead of bifurcation of the erstwhile state into two union territories on October 31.
Pakistan's army later said that "unprovoked cease-fire violations" by Indian troops killed five civilians and one soldier and wounded another three civilians and two troops across the highly militarized Line of Control that divides Kashmir between Pakistan and India.
Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi again asked the international community to pressure India to lift the curfew in Kashmir. He also criticised Modi's government for not allowing Hollen to visit Kashmir.
“PM Imran spoke from the heart for Kashmiris on the floor of the highest global forum,” said Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) President Masood Khan.
Soon after the speech, hundreds of Kashmiris came out of their homes, shouting slogans in support of Imran late on Friday night and calling for the independence of Kashmir.
"If a conventional war starts between the two countries ... anything could happen. But supposing a country seven times smaller than its neighbour is faced with the choice — either you surrender or you fight for your freedom till death?
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