Teenager dies in Indian Kashmir in month-old lockdown

Teenager dies in Indian Kashmir in month-old lockdown

Teenager dies in Indian Kashmir in month-old lockdown

The two diplomats were to hold talks with their Pakistani counterpart, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, who said on Tuesday that the visit followed appeals from Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan. Qureshi said the visits were part of Pakistan's diplomatic effort to sensitise the world about Kashmir.

That has seen Kashmir's importance increase exponentially in India's socially and politically charged communal environment under the Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.

Gulf Arab countries have kept mostly silent on the issue, underpinned by more than $100-billion in annual trade with India that makes it one of the Arabian Peninsula's most prized economic partners. Mobile phone services have yet to be restored.

Asrar Ahmed Khan, 18, a resident of the region's main city of Srinagar, died on Tuesday night, succumbing to wounds he suffered on August 6, officials said. He had met PM Imran, FM Qureshi and army chief General Bajwa to convey an "important message" from Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman to Pakistan's civil and military leadership. "He added that the safety and security of all diplomatic missions and their staff are of upmost concern to United Kingdom", the Indian High Commission in London tweeted.For the second time in less than a month, a fresh protest erupted outside the Indian High Commission on Tuesday over the issue of Jammu and Kashmir. Special rules that prevented outsiders from buying land, and which many Kashmiris believe protects the demography of India's only Muslim-majority state, also disappear.

On Wednesday, senior army officer Lt Gen Kanwal Jeet Singh Dhillon said five civilians had been killed in the past 30 days, adding "these deaths have happened because of terrorists, stone pelters and puppets of Pakistan". Pakistan and India both govern parts of Kashmir but claim the territory in full. A United Nations Security Council resolution promised a UN-sponsored referendum on Kashmir's "final disposition" that has never been held.

Pakistan denies that, saying it only offers political support to the people of Kashmir.

The Indian military said on Wednesday it had detained two suspected members of the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group when they were trying to cross into Indian Kashmir.

Pakistan's foreign ministry spokesman Mohammad Faisal said a draft agreement was close to being reached, following the meeting in the Indian town of Wagah-Attari.

New Delhi also has since imposed curfew-like restrictions in Kashmir, deployed tens of thousands of additional troops there, cut off all communication and arrested thousands of people, including mainstream Kashmiri politicians and activists.

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