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Pakistan cuts last transport links to India amid Kashmir dispute

Police personnel struggle to detain an activist of Jammu and Kashmir Youth Congress during a protest against Indian government, after it stripped Jammu and Kashmir of its autonomy, in Jammu on August 10, 2019. (Photo by AFP)

Javed Rana

Press TV, Islamabad

Clashes erupted in Ladakh region, part of Indian disputed Jammu and Kashmir where people defied a six-day-long curfew. Many people were left dead and wounded.

The chaos began after New Delhi clamped down on the entire disputed territory to contain widespread protests against a controversial decision to annex the UN mandated disputed Jammu and Kashmir region into its federal union. Pakistan has denounced the clampdown.

The situation seems very tense in Kashmir. Observers say the clampdown by India may backfire and this may push the two arch foes towards a new war over the disputed region.

Pakistan said on Saturday it had canceled a bus linking Lahore with India’s capital New Delhi, the last remaining public transport link between the neighbors. This has been the last reaction by Pakistan against India’s decision about Kashmir.

Pakistan has already cut two rail links, suspended bilateral trade and expelled India’s ambassador, all part of what it called a diplomatic effort to protest against India’s decision about Kashmir.

Kashmir has been split between India and Pakistan since their partition in 1947. Both countries claim all of Kashmir and have fought three wars over the territory.

The two sides relations nosedived in February when over 40 Indian paramilitaries were killed in a bomb attack in Kashmir. New Delhi blamed Pakistan-based militants, but Islamabad denied any involvement.

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