The border spat could accelerate existing trends of geopolitical and economic divergence between Beijing and New Delhi, with far-reaching consequences for the region too.
Rebel casualties in southern Shopian area spark anti-India protests as hundreds of residents try to march to the site of the battle in solidarity with Kashmiri fighters.
At least 15 residential houses have been reduced to debris, rendering several dozen families homeless amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Naikoo's killing came as a blow to one of Kashmir's oldest rebel outfits but also revealed the Modi regime's aggressive approach to the Kashmir conflict isn't bearing any fruit.
Kashmiris skip obligatory prayers in mosques but hundreds attend funerals of insurgents.
Farooq Abdullah had been confined to his residence in the main city of Srinagar since August 5 when the Indian government split the Muslim majority state and put it under direct New Delhi rule.
Any attempts to revive this long-planned alliance will be ineffective in trying to counter China, and instead will simply be viewed as an alliance of Islamophobes.
UK Labour Party MP Debbie Abraham's deportation is not the only evidence of India blocking critical voices. It's been a pattern and in most cases linked to New Delhi's inability to digest criticism over the disputed Kashmir region.
In 2013, India hanged the Kashmir man over 2001 parliament attack, after country's apex court found "no evidence amounting to [Guru's] criminal conspiracy" but ordered his execution to satisfy society's "collective conscience."
The brief gun battle took place on the outskirts of Srinagar, in which a third rebel fighter was captured alive, Indian paramilitary official says.
It was a mixed bag for Pakistan's prime minister who is always well-received, but unable to convincingly make Pakistan's case.
Pakistani officials said that 21 more bodies have been recovered in the avalanche-hit disputed region of Kashmir, bringing the total number of deaths to 160 in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
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