Groups of women hold banners in solidarity with the Kashmiri people.
Security forces have opened fire on demonstrators as thousands of people took to the streets of Srinagar to protest against India's stripping of the region's autonomy, local sources have told Al Jazeera.
Sharing the premier's thoughts from the briefing in a series of tweets, Shamsi quoted him as saying that he feared a genocide in occupied Kashmir could push Kashmiri refugees into Pakistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
Tensions between Pakistan and India have escalated in the wake of New Delhi's decision to scrap the Jammu and Kashmir region's special status and introduce legislation to split the state in two.
Dilbagh Singh, the region's police chief, told The Associated Press that residents in its largest city of Srinagar were being allowed to pray at area-specific mosques.
Anger was mounting in Kashmir against India's decision to revoke the special status of the Muslim-majority region, residents and officials said, although authorities eased some curbs to allow people to offer Friday prayers.
India said it regretted Pakistan's steps, adding in a statement that "the intention behind these measures is obviously to present an alarming picture to the world of our bilateral ties".Читайте также: Equinox, SoulCycle hit with protests, nationwide membership cancellations over Trump fundraiser
Congress party activist Tehseen Poonawalla said he expected the Supreme Court to hear his petition on Thursday seeking immediate lifting of curfew and other restrictions, including blocking of phone lines, internet and news channels in Kashmir.
"We call on the two sides to proceed from their national development and peace in South Asia, properly resolve historical grievances, get rid of the zero-sum mind-set, avoid unilateral action and seek a new path to peaceful coexistence", he said.
Indian paramilitary soldiers stop a Kashmiri man on a scooter on Wednesday during the curfew in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir.
The Foreign Minister said he will take the Chinese leadership in confidence over the situation.
China on Friday told Pakistan's foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, who air-dashed here on Friday 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 Shimla agreement.
Arch-rival Pakistan, which lays claims to Kashmir, has downgraded diplomatic ties with India and suspended trade in anger at its latest move. The region also lost its right to fly its own flag and make many of its own decisions.
Indian-controlled Kashmir plunged into a political crisis past year when a coalition between Modi's Hindu nationalist party and a powerful regional group, the People's Democratic Party, collapsed, mainly over differences on the region's future status.
With a near-total telecoms blackout, there is very little news trickling out of Kashmir, regional leaders said. The insurgency that began in 1989 and India's ensuing crackdown have killed more than 70,000 people.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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