Pakistani parliament opens debate on Kashmir situation

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Supporters of the hardline Shiv Sena burned a flag resembling Pakistan's national flag during a. As India did not agree to bilateral talks and discussion on the Kashmir issue at multilateral forums, damaged the spirit of Shimla agreement, and crossed the set limits, Pakistan has chose to approach the United Nations Security Council, he added.

They (the Indian government) have got the mandate to do it (change Kashmir's status).

An Indian paramilitary soldier orders a man to lift his robe before frisking him in Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir, on Thursday.

Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid announced to permanently shut down the Samjhauta Express train that runs between Pakistan and India for two days, Mondays and Thursdays, in a week.

Ahead of the Monday's announcement, tens of thousands of Indian troops imposed a lockdown in Kashmir, which remains in place. "The constitution of India was, is and will always be a sovereign matter", added the statement.

In his first nationally broadcast speech on the decision, Modi described the changes for Jammu and Kashmir, as the region is formally known, as historic. Whenever the security situation deteriorates, they return homes. "The US is closely following India's legislation regarding the new territorial status and governance of Jammu and Kashmir".

The federal government also broke up the state into two federal territories to allow it greater control, a move that regional leaders said was a further humiliation.

Pakistan said it would continue extending diplomatic, political and moral support for people living in Kashmir and their "right of self-determination".

The Pakistani government is expelling an Indian envoy from the country and recalling its own ambassador from India, in response to a move by New Delhi to revoke legal autonomy from its part of contested Kashmir.

The United Nations has urged both sides to exercise "maximum restraint".

Most Kashmiris want the territory to be united with Pakistan or ruled as an independent country.

In recent months, there have been almost daily clashes in Kashmir between Indian soldiers and militants, which New Delhi says are backed by Pakistan.

"It's hell", a patient told the broadcaster.

India's National Security Adviser Ajit Doval visited Kashmir on Wednesday to assess the law and order situation.

Labourer Jagdish Mathur said many people walked or hitched rides on army trucks and buses from Srinagar to Jammu, a distance of 260 kilometres (160 miles).

A petition was filed Thursday in India's top court challenging the communications blackout and security clampdown.

Phone networks and the internet have been cut off since Sunday evening.

Qureshi said Kashmiris like Mehbooba Mufti and Umer Abdullah are now saying that their elders might have made a mistake by staying with India.

India said it regretted Pakistan's steps and said in a statement that "the intention behind these measures is obviously to present an alarming picture to the world of our bilateral ties".

- Pakistan will not resort to military action in a row with nuclear arch-rival India over Kashmir, its foreign minister said on August 8, as tensions soared over New Delhi's decision to tighten its grip on the disputed region.

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