Authorities impose restrictions in Indian Kashmir after Pakistan PM Imran Khan speech

Authorities in Indian Kashmir tightened restrictions on people’s movements on Saturday (Sept 28th) to prevent possible protests following a speech by Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, Reuters reports.

In an address to the United Nations General Assembly on Friday, Khan warned of a bloodbath once India lifts its restrictions in Kashmir, which have been in force since it revoked the region’s decades-old autonomy in August and detained thousands of people. 

Soon after the speech, hundreds of Kashmiris came out of their homes, shouting slogans in support of Khan late on Friday night and calling for the independence of Kashmir. 

Muslim-majority Kashmir has long been a flashpoint between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan, which have fought two of their three wars over the divided territory. Both countries rule parts of Kashmir while claiming it in full. 

On Saturday, police vans fitted with speakers made public announcements in some parts of Srinagar about movement restrictions, while additional troops were deployed to prevent protests, according to officials and two witnesses. 

The troops also blocked access to the main business centre of Srinagar with razor wire. 

“This was necessitated after protests across Srinagar city last night soon after Imran Khan’s speech,” said a police official, who declined to be identified. 

Two Indian officials said six militants and one Indian soldier had been killed in two separate incidents in the state. 

Three militants were killed in Ganderbal, about 12 miles (19 km) north of Srinagar, according to one of the officials, who declined to be named. Another three were killed in Batote, located on the highway connecting Jammu and Srinagar, Indian defence spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Devender Anand said. 

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