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Live Updates: Tensions Run High as India Revokes Kashmir's Special Status

Kashmir is a Himalayan region divided between Pakistan and India. Both nations claim the area in its entirety. The territory has been the apple of discord between New Delhi and Islamabad since their independence from British rule in the 40s.

On Monday, the Indian government decided to revoke the special status of Kashmir and Jammu state as determined by Article 370 of the Constitution. The law granting special status to the state provided Jammu and Kashmir with an autonomous constitution as well as decision-making rights in various domains excluding defence, foreign affairs and communications.

Pakistan condemned the move, slamming it as illegal and violating United Nations Security Council resolutions and also pledged to employ all possible options to counter the controversial move.

Relations between India and Pakistan have long been tense over competing claims to parts of the Kashmir region since the countries gained independence from the British Empire in 1947. Over the past 70 years, the two archenemies have fought two wars and waged a limited conflict over the region.

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16:41 GMT 05.08.2019

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on India and Pakistan to demonstrate restraint after India decided to change the legal status of the administrative territory Jammu and Kashmir, United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in a press briefing on Monday.

"We are following with concern the tense situation in the region, we are also aware of reports of restrictions on India’s side of Kashmir, and we urge all parties to exercise restraint", Dujarric told reporters.

10:40 GMT 05.08.2019

India's Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Limited (DMRC) rapid transit system announced on Monday a "red level" alert on all lines of the network in the wake of the government's decision to change the legal status of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.


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