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Curfew Imposed In India To Control Kashmir Following Violence

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Authorities on Friday imposed curfew in Jammu city, the winter capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir following massive violence, officials said.

The violence broke out during a shutdown call to the protest against the attack on paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) convoy in the restive region on Thursday that killed at least 40 people.

Reports said at least 12 people were injured in the violence and several vehicles were damaged, some of them torched by mobsters.

The authorities ordered the imposition of curfew “to maintain law and order, public tranquillity and to protect life and property of general public,” a government spokesman said.

Authorities have also suspended mobile internet services in Jammu as a precautionary measure to prevent deterioration of the situation.

On Thursday a suicide bomber rammed a heavily laden explosive car into CRPF convoy on national highway near Lethpora village in region’s Pulwama district, blowing himself and killing 40 paramilitary troopers besides wounding several others.

The Pakistan-based Islamist militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) claimed responsibility soon after a suicide bomber rammed a explosives-laden car into a bus carrying Central Reserve Police Force personnel on Thursday.

The White House urged Pakistan in a statement “to end immediately the support and safe haven provided to all terrorist groups operating on its soil”.

India said it had “incontrovertible evidence” of the Pakistan involvement in the attack.
The Pakistan government responded with a stiff denial, while calling the attack a matter of “grave concern.”

As outrage and demands for revenge flooded Indian social media sites, Arun Jaitley, one of the most senior figures in the Hindu nationalist-led government, spelt out New Delhi’s diplomatic response.
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`The ministry of external affairs will initiate all possible steps, and I am here referring to all possible diplomatic steps, which have to be taken to ensure the complete isolation from the international community of Pakistan,” Jaitley, the country’s finance minister, said.

The first step, he said, would include removing most favored nation (MFN) trade privileges that had been accorded to Pakistan – though annual bilateral trade between the two countries is barely 2 billion dollars.

The last major attack in Kashmir was in 2016 when Jaish militants raided an Indian army camp in Uri, killing 20 soldiers.

Weeks later, Modi ordered a surgical strike on suspected militant camps across the border in Pakistan Kashmir.

When he swept to power in 2014, Modi had vowed to tough line with mostly Muslim Pakistan.

The two countries have gone to war three times since independence from Britain in 1947, twice over Kashmir.

The Line of Control, the disputed de facto border dividing Indian and Pakistani held Kashmir is widely regarded as one of the world’s most dangerous flashpoints, especially after the two countries became nuclear armed states in 1998.

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