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Amnesty warns India of increased unrest in Kashmir

Mehbooba Mufti laments that decision of J&K leadership to reject two-nation theory in 1947 & align with India has backfired

Amnesty International has cautioned India that its decision to change the status of the disputed region of Jammu and Kashmir would pave way for an increase in violence.

In a statement, Amnesty International India said the move could “cause unrest and widen scale of protests” in the disputed region.

“What India-held Kashmir has been witnessing over the last few days — the additional deployment of thousands of security forces, a blanket blockade of telephone and internet services, restrictions on peaceful assembly, has already pushed the people of J&K to the edge,” said Aakar Patel, head of AI India.

In some parts of India-held Kashmir, authorities invoked a law that allows them to ban gatherings of more than four people, and some local political leaders were put under house arrest.

India’s Hindu nationalist government on Monday unilaterally wiped out the autonomy of the restive Kashmir region, sending in thousands of army troops to quell any possible unrest the move would bring in a disputed territory fought over by India and Pakistan.

For years, India’s Hindu nationalists have wanted to curtail the special freedoms enjoyed by Kashmir, a mountainous, predominantly Muslim territory that has turned into a tinderbox between India and Pakistan, both of which wield nuclear arms.

 

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