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    Kashmir is a Himalayan region divided between Pakistan and India. Both nations claim the area in its entirety. The territory has been the apple of discord between New Delhi and Islamabad since their independence from British rule in the 40s.

    On Monday, the Indian government decided to revoke the special status of Kashmir and Jammu state as determined by Article 370 of the Constitution. The law granting special status to the state provided Jammu and Kashmir with an autonomous constitution as well as decision-making rights in various domains excluding defence, foreign affairs and communications.

    Pakistan condemned the move, slamming it as illegal and violating United Nations Security Council resolutions and also pledged to employ all possible options to counter the controversial move.

    Relations between India and Pakistan have long been tense over competing claims to parts of the Kashmir region since the countries gained independence from the British Empire in 1947. Over the past 70 years, the two archenemies have fought two wars and waged a limited conflict over the region.

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    • 17:21

      Pakistan Summons Indian Diplomat Over Kashmir After New Delhi Revokes Region's Special Status

      Pakistanis burn a poster of Indian Prime Minster Narendra Modi during a protest to express support and solidarity with Indian Kashmiri people in their peaceful struggle for their right to self-determination, in Lahore, Pakistan, Monday, Aug. 5, 2019. India's government has revoked disputed Kashmir's special status by a presidential order as thousands of troops patrolled and internet and phone services were suspended in the region where most people oppose Indian rule. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

      Pakistan Summons Indian Diplomat Over Kashmir After New Delhi Revokes Region's Special Status

      New Delhi, (Sputnik): Pakistan has summoned Indian High Commissioner Ajai Bisaria to the Foreign Office in Islamabad after the Indian government revoked the special legal status granted to Jammu and Kashmir. 
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    • 17:20

      Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Ministers Taken into Custody as India Scraps State's Special Status

      Former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah speaks during a press confrence in Srinagar on August 3, 2019.

      Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Ministers Taken into Custody as India Scraps State's Special Status

      New Delhi (Sputnik) - The move came after the Indian parliament’s Upper House passed a Bill on Monday to split the State into two separate territories. Earlier, the Indian government had revoked the state's special constitutional status under Article 370.
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    • 17:18

      #RedForKashmir Trending on Twitter as India Scraps Special Status for State

      A participant displays an artist's impression of the India map decorated with a saffron shawl as ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporters celebrate government revoking disputed Kashmir's special status in Prayagraj, India, Monday, Aug. 5, 2019.

      Netizens Change Profile Pics to ‘Red’ after India Scraps Special Status for Kashmir

      New Delhi (Sputnik) - India moved to strip Jammu and Kashmir of its special legal status on Monday by repealing Article 370 of the Constitution amid ongoing cross-border violence with Pakistan along the Line of Control.
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    • 16:41

      UN Chief Urges India, Pakistan to Exercise Restraint Over Decision on Kashmir – Spokesman

      UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on India and Pakistan to demonstrate restraint after India decided to change the legal status of the administrative territory Jammu and Kashmir, United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in a press briefing on Monday.

      "We are following with concern the tense situation in the region, we are also aware of reports of restrictions on India’s side of Kashmir, and we urge all parties to exercise restraint", Dujarric told reporters.

    • 16:39

      Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Ministers Taken into Custody as India Scraps State's Special Status

      Former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah speaks during a press confrence in Srinagar on August 3, 2019.

      Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Ministers Taken into Custody as India Scraps State's Special Status

      New Delhi (Sputnik) - The move came after the Indian parliament’s Upper House passed a Bill on Monday to split the State into two separate territories. Earlier, the Indian government had revoked the state's special constitutional status under Article 370.
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    • 13:41

      India's Upper House Passes Bill Splitting Jammu and Kashmir Into Two Administrative Units

      Visitors are seen at the Parliament House in New Delhi on August 5, 2019

      India's Upper House Passes Bill Splitting Jammu and Kashmir Into Two Administrative Units

      Earlier on Monday, India moved to strip Jammu and Kashmir of its unique status by repealing Article 370 of the Constitution. Pakistan strongly condemned the move saying that it violates the UNSC resolution and goes against the will of the Kashmiri people.
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    • 10:40

      Delhi Metro on 'Red Level' Alert After India Revokes Jammu and Kashmir's Special Status

      India's Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Limited (DMRC) rapid transit system announced on Monday a "red level" alert on all lines of the network in the wake of the government's decision to change the legal status of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.

       

    • 10:39

      Supreme Court Lawyer Expects India's Revocation of Kashmir Special Status to Be Challenged

      Fayaz Ahmad Mir (C) member of Parliament representing the state of Jammu & Kashmir in Rajya Sabha interact with media at the Parliament house in New Delhi on August 5, 2019

      Supreme Court Lawyer Expects India's Revocation of Kashmir Special Status to Be Challenged

      Supreme Court lawyer M.N. Lahoti says he expects to see a strong legal challenge to the Indian government's decision to scrap Article 370 of the Constitution which provides special autonomy to the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
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    • 10:37

      Indian Military Put on High Alert After Revocation of Kashmir Special Status

      Indian soldiers guard outside the army base which was attacked Sunday by suspected militants at Uri, Indian controlled Kashmir, Monday, Sept. 19, 2016.

      Indian Military Put on High Alert After Revocation of Kashmir Special Status

      New Delhi (Sputnik): The Indian Army and Air Force have been put on high alert in the state of Jammu and Kashmir following the government’s move to revoke Article 370 of the Constitution, which granted special status to the state.
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    • 10:37

      India Sends 8,000 More Troops to Kashmir After State's Special Status Revoked - Reports

      Indian army soldiers stands near the site of a gun battle between a suspected militant and Indian government forces in Kanipora area of Nowgam in central Kashmir's Budgam district on June 28, 2019

      India Sends 8,000 More Troops to Kashmir After State's Special Status Revoked - Reports

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Indian government on Monday sent at least 8,000 additional paramilitary troops to Jammu and Kashmir after the president revoked a constitutional article granting a special status to the contested state, NDTV broadcaster reported, citing sources.
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    • 10:36

      Netizens Hail as Indian Gov't Revokes Article 370 of Constitution on Kashmir Special Status

      People shout slogans as they celebrate after the government scrapped the special status of Kashmir, in Ahmedabad, India, August 5, 2019

      Netizens Hail as Indian Gov't Revokes Article 370 of Constitution on Kashmir Special Status

      New Delhi (Sputnik): India on Monday announced the revocation of Article 370 of the Constitution, which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
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    • 10:34

      Kashmir's Special Status Revoked: What is Article 370 of India's Constitution?

      Indian security personnel stand guard along a deserted street during restrictions in Jammu, August 5, 2019

      Kashmir's Special Status Revoked: What is Article 370 of India's Constitution?

      New Delhi (Sputnik): The Indian government’s move to revoke the controversial Article 370 would complete the integration of Jammu and Kashmir into the Indian Union.
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    • 10:33

      Air India Facilitates Exit of Stranded Tourists, Pilgrims From Kashmir Amid Escalation

      Air India Airlines Boeing 787 (File)

      Air India Facilitates Exit of Stranded Tourists, Pilgrims From Kashmir Amid Escalation

      New Delhi (Sputnik): India’s national carrier Air India has announced a further reduction of fares for flights operating between the cities of Srinagar and Delhi to facilitate the exit of tourists and pilgrims stranded in Kashmir following the imposition of security-related prohibitions by the government.
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    • 10:32

      India Decides to Revoke Article 370 on Kashmir's Special Status in Unprecedented Move

      Activists of India’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) shout slogans during a protest in Hyderabad, India, Thursday, June 5, 2012.

      India Decides to Revoke Article 370 on Kashmir's Special Status in Unprecedented Move

      Article 370 of the Indian Constitution gives special status to the State of Jammu and Kashmir. India controls the southern portion of Kashmir, a region that has historically been hotly contested between India and Pakistan.
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