Cabinet cleared J&K proposal to scrap Article 370 in 'just 7 minutes'

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He accused arch-rival Pakistan of using Kashmir's special status "as a weapon to incite people of the region against India", adding that New Delhi will now "be able to free Jammu and Kashmir from terrorism and separatism". Shah said, "Kashmir will no longer be a state".

"Some women and children even jumped into the water", a witness said at Srinagar's Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, where pellet victims were admitted. Friday prayers start at 12:37 p.m.in Srinagar and last for about 20 minutes.

"We see a sense of calm and normalcy (in Kashmir). There has been no incident of violence", External Affairs Ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar told reporters in New Delhi.

A large group of people gathered in Srinagar's Soura area, a police officer said, in violation of orders that prohibit the assembly of more than four people. Two people suffered injuries that were not serious, the photographer said.

Modi added: "This heaven on earth, our Jammu and Kashmir, will once again reach new heights of development and attract the whole world toward it. Ease of living will increase for our citizens".

Jama Masjid has been a center of regular anti-India protests after Friday prayers.

This comes as situation in Jammu and Kashmir is getting back to normal, four days after the government ended the state's special status and split it into two union territories.

Pakistan government has made a decision to boycott all cultural exchanges with India including all kinds of joint ventures in the entertainment industry of the two countries following India's move to abrogate Article 370, according to reports on Friday.

Tens of thousands of Indian troops are enforcing the lockdown which includes no internet or phone services, and are allowing only limited movement on streets usually bustling with tourists flocking to the picturesque valley. Although Pakistan tried to spin the statement as referring to "Indian-administered Kashmir", the UN's view of J&K is of an undivided state, including parts occupied by Pakistan. "This was a 70-year-old contract that the government squashed unconstitutionally".

He said China believed that unilateral actions that will complicate the situation should not be taken.

Washington | United Nations Chief Antonio Guterres on Friday urged India and Pakistan to to exercise "maximum restraint" and refrain from taking steps that could affect the status of Jammu and Kashmir. Beijing too denied any support to Islamabad and told Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, who air-dashed there to seek its support on Kashmir, that it regarded both India and Pakistan as "friendly neighbours" and wants them to resolve the issue through United Nations resolutions and the Simla agreement. About 2,000 police and security forces were deployed to prevent the demonstrations reaching the embassy. Hundreds of activists held similar peaceful rallies across Pakistan.

In Islamabad, Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi ruled out a military confrontation.

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