India vows to ease Kashmir clampdown as clashes with Pakistan continue

Thousands protest for Kashmir, ahead of Security Council meeting

India Kashmir crackdown continues as Modi touts "new approach" and Pakistan says troops killed in cross-border fire today

The Indian army said there were no Indian casualties.

Facing a barrage of questions in a press briefing following the historic meeting at the United Nations headquarters in New York, Akbaruddin said that India is committed to the Simla accord inked with Pakistan in 1972, which explicitly declared the Kashmir as dispute between the two countries. "They are aware of Pakistan's stance", Qureshi added.

After coming into power past year, Prime Minister Imran Khan has extended an olive branch to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on multiple occasions, however, India never responded positively.

Pakistan's ambassador to the U.N., Maleeha Lodhi, called the closed-door consultations of the Security Council "the first and not the last step".

Balking at New Delhi's move, Pakistan has also downgraded bilateral relations, suspended trade, and expelled the Indian high commissioners.

Pakistan, which has always interfered in India's internal affairs, is once again trying to do the same following the abrogation of Article 370 and Article 35A in Jammu and Kashmir.

Gulf Arab countries may also be wary of supporting Kashmiri rights because it centers on "people's right to their own freedoms", said Hafsa Kanjwal, a Kashmiri American assistant professor of South Asian history at Lafayette College.

In a tweet, Khan condemned the continued clampdown and warned Modi, that "no nation can be defeated militarily when it rises for independence".

The same was confirmed in another report, which quoted UNSC president Joanna Wronecka as saying: "The UNSC will discuss the Jammu and Kashmir situation behind closed doors most likely on Aug.16".

Modi's Hindu-led nationalist government imposed a lockdown in the Indian-administered portion of Kashmir on August 4.

Modi has defended the Kashmir changes as freeing the territory from separatism, and his supporters welcomed the move.

The family of a Kashmiri journalist working with a regional English daily says he has been detained by Indian armed forces. Critics have likened it to Israeli settlements in Palestinian territories.

Irfan Amin Malik works Greater Kashmir, one of the largest circulating newspapers in the region.

"The unilateral and undemocratic manner in which Article 370 was abrogated and J&K was dismembered is deplorable", the party said on Twitter Thursday following Modi's speech while referring to Jammu and Kashmir by its initials.

"We are anxious about our son", he told The Associated Press. Jammu and Kashmir police chief Dilbagh Singh declined to comment on the issue.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government has said the revocation of Kashmir's special status was necessary to ensure its full integration into India and speed up development.

The latest casualty followed the killing of three Pakistani and five Indian soldiers in renewed clashes at the Line of Control (LoC) - the de facto border that divides the disputed valley between the two nuclear rivals - on Thursday, said the military.

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