India's 'non-lethal' weapon to crush protests in Kashmir takes lives - and those it doesn't kill, it maims permanently.
Although Islamabad has always supported Kashmir's UN-sanctioned Right to Self Determination, it has also been wary of Kashmiri nationalism that envisions a state free from both India and Pakistan.
Protests have not let up since August 5, when India stripped Kashmir's nominal autonomy, a senior government source said.
He wasn't in the good books of Kashmiri resistance groups nor their Pakistani supporters, so the former carrom board champion was probably used by the Indian state to serve a purpose and then discarded.
Zakir Musa's killing is billed as a major blow to the armed rebellion in India-administered Kashmir, where thousands have come out on the streets in fresh anti-New Delhi protests.
Emulating the role of a private contractor, the Indian government has recruited a 30,000-strong force in India-administered Kashmir, using them as a tool to suppress the Kashmiri freedom struggle and pitting them against their own community.
Only a day after announcing it would take place, India's foreign ministry cancelled a meeting between its minister and her Pakistani counterpart scheduled for the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.
India imposes restrictions, snaps internet in parts of India-administered Kashmir to prevent protests called by pro-independence groups to mark the second death anniversary of popular rebel commander Burhan Wani.
The seven-decade dispute over Kashmir has become a humanitarian nightmare, the cause of three wars between nuclear rivals Pakistan and India, and the reason for an ongoing armed rebellion against New Delhi's rule.
Clashes followed a stringent curfew witnessed in India-administered Kashmir on the first death anniversary of Burhan Wani whose killing sparked an outpouring of grief and anger leading to months-long violent protests in 2016.
Service providers ordered to cut internet connection as activists call for demonstrations to honour popular rebel commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani, whose killing in 2016 sparked months-long anti-India demonstrations in the disputed region.
Pakistan's foreign office says the US State Department's designation of Syed Salahuddin, the head of the Hizbul Mujahideen rebel group based in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, as a "Specially Designated Global Terrorist" is "unjustified."
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