There has been no activity in Abdul Khaliq’s houseboat, parked at Dal Lake in Srinagar, since the repeal of Article 370 and the special status for Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir, on August 5, 2019. Abdul Khaliq, 70, says he used to earn between Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 on a daily basis.
The ‘Azadi March’, which originated from Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan-administered Kashmir, is nearing the Line of Control (LOC). Pakistani troops have stopped the march six kilometers from the Line of Control. Those involved in the march spent the night on the road and have claimed to be heading back to the border in the morning.
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that he understands “the anguish of the Kashmiris in AJK seeing their fellow Kashmiris in IOJK under an inhumane curfew for over 2 months.” However, he said that crossing the Line of Control (LoC) would only strengthen the Indian narrative.
Protesters and security forces have clashed in the aftermath of Friday prayers in Srinagar, in the Indian-administered state of Kashmir. According to news sources, Indian security forces were seen using pellet guns and tear gas shells to disperse protesters, while demonstrators were using stones against security forces.
Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Imran Khan, has said that he has no plans to talk to India anymore because it is no longer useful. In an interview with The New York Times, Imran Khan said, “there is no point in talking to them. I mean, I have done all the talking. Unfortunately, now when I look back, all the overtures that I was making for peace and dialogue, I think they took it for appeasement,” Mr. Khan said.
Pakistan has condemned the abolition of a special status constitutional clause in India-controlled Kashmir, and a joint parliament meeting on the matter was convened on Tuesday. In India, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government has announced that it is abolishing its special status and powers given to Kashmir in the Indian constitution.
In India, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s government has announced that it is terminating its special status and powers given to Kashmir under the Indian constitution. India’s Home Minister, Amit Shah on Monday proposed the abolition of Article 370, signed by the President in the Rajya Sabha (Council of States) (the upper house of the Indian parliament), which has given Kashmir a semi-autonomous body.