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India moves to scrap special status for troubled Kashmir : Tensions escalate in the state, with Pakistan calling Indian action 'illegal'

Aug 06, 2019 - The Straits Times (Singapore)

The Indian government yesterday scrapped the special status given to the trouble-torn state of Jammu and Kashmir, which it has struggled to integrate into the country. It also moved ahead with plans to split the state in two, in decisions that are widely expected to trigger a backlash.

Indian Home Minister Amit Shah announced the changes for Kashmir, which has been on lockdown in anticipation of possible violent protests over the government's gameplan.

Residents of Muslim-majority ...