In protests in the Indian Kashmir region against the disputed denial of their autonomy rights several people have been injured. This was confirmed by an Indian police spokesman of the German Press Agency. "There were a few injuries from shotgun pellets, people were treated and then sent back," the spokesman said.
When and where exactly the demonstrators were injured and how many were injured, is not officially known. According to a news story India Today , 10,000 people were protesting on Friday in Srinagar, the state capital. Twelve people are said to have been treated for injuries from shotgun bullets in hospitals.
The Indian authorities continue to deny media reports that there have been major protests over the past few days in the Kashmir Valley. Journalists can hardly verify this because of the limited freedom of movement on site.
The Indian government withdrew its autonomous status from the state of Jammu and Kashmir at the beginning of last week without informing the population. Tens of thousands of soldiers were sent to the Himalayan region to prevent protests against the New Delhi government's crackdown. Internet and telephone are blocked since then. There is a curfew. According to Satya Pal Malik, governor of the Indian Kashmir region, several restrictions - including freedom of movement - are expected to be eased after Indian Independence Day on Thursday. He told the Times of India newspaper.
Among other things, the autonomy regulation granted the Indian Kashmir region its own constitution and extensive competencies. With the new regulation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to integrate the region more into the majority Hindu India - many Kashmir are against.
Pakistan warns against Indian attack and counter-attack
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan pledged assistance to the residents of Kashmir's Indian part in the fight for their right to self-determination. Previously, Pakistan had asked the UN Security Council to convene a special session.
In addition, Khan warned of a possible attack by India on the Pakistan-controlled part of Kashmir. His country has credible intelligence that India may launch an attack to divert attention from human rights abuses in the Indian part. Pakistan is ready for an answer, warned Khan during a visit to the Pakistani part of Kashmir.
The Pakistani Foreign Ministry also ordered an Indian diplomat because a civilian was killed by gunshots from the Indian side in Kashmir. The 38-year-old villager was killed by "an unproven break in the ceasefire by Indian troops on the Pakistani side of Kashmir," the ministry said. It was the first dead Pakistani since India lifted its special status on 5 August.
Since British India was divided independently and in India and Pakistan in 1947, the two countries have been fighting for control of Kashmir. Two wars have already been conducted.