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Tuesday 6 August 2019

Kashmir Dispute Sparks Protests in India and Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD (DW News) — Protestors have taken to the streets of Pakistan to voice their anger after India revoked the special status of its portion of Kashmir. The Indian government says the step was long overdue.

In Pakistan, nationalist supporters call for revenge against India and its leader Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Hindu nationalists say scrapping article 370, which gave Kashmir its special status corrects a historic wrong. The disputed territory is now in lockdown and authorities have ordered thousands of Indian and foreign tourists to get out. Major roads are sealed off and a curfew in place.

The Kashmir region has long been a cause of disagreement between India and Pakistan. They have fought two wars over it. Both claim the region in full, but each control only part of. China also claims a section. The revoking of its special status gives Delhi increased power and influence in the territory. However, it is feared this could fuel the insurgency there, which has already claimed thousands of lives over three decades.

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