Restrictions continue in Kashmir despite security ease

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New Delhi - The security crackdown came into effect following an August 5 decision by India to downgrade the region's autonomy.



By AP

Published: Sun 18 Aug 2019, 4:12 PM

Last updated: Mon 19 Aug 2019, 8:19 AM

Restrictions are continuing in much of Jammu and Kashmir, despite India's government saying it's gradually restoring phone lines and easing a security lockdown that's been in place for nearly two weeks.

Soldiers on Sunday still manned nearly deserted streets and limited movement of the few pedestrians who came out of their homes in Srinagar, the region's main city.

The security crackdown and a news blackout were installed following an August 5 decision by India to downgrade the region's autonomy. Indian authorities started easing restrictions on Saturday.

On Sunday, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan demanded that UN observers be sent to the region, but Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh dismissed the idea.

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