Srinagar restrictions continue after extension of separatist-called shutdown in Kashmir Valley

The encounters took place in three different areas - Draggad, Kachdoora and Dialgam - in the two districts, in which a total of 13 terrorists was killed, said J&K DGP Shesh Paul Vaid.

Pointing out that freedom is fundamental human right, it urged the world community to recognise its duty towards the poor Kashmiris and compel India to immediately stop use of brutal force against them.

Reports of clashes were received from the Gol Chowk, Memendar, Bunbazar and in the vicinity of the local MLA's residence in Shopian, and also from Beerwah in Budgam, Newa in Pulwama and Nawab Bazar in Srinagar.

At least 20 people are dead and 200 injured in Indian-administered Kashmir after fierce clashes between rebels and government forces on Sunday.

Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi convened a special meeting of his Cabinet on Monday "to review the current situation arising from the recent Indian brutalities".

The chaos opened overnight Saturday with Indian raids against suspected separatist insurgents in three southern Kashmiri villages and eventually witnessed tens of thousands of protesters chanting slogans against Indian rule.

Security forces were still taking fire from gunmen in the village of Kachdora in Shopian, where one soldier and three insurgents had been killed, Vaid further said.

Foreign Office spokesman Dr Faisal had said that "this mindless killing spree had exposed, yet again, the ugly, inhuman face of the state-terrorism that India had been perpetrating against the Kashmiris for decades".

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However, government sources on Sunday clarified that the app does not ask for a blanket access to the users' personal data. The accusations suggested that the app demands access to the user's audio, video and even the contact lists of its users.

The authorities also suspended mobile internet services in the Valley, a common government practice, aimed to calm tensions and prevent anti-India demonstrations from being organised.

The resolution highlighted the Indian forces' brutality against the innocent civilians in the form of military operations, pellet gun attacks and shelling.

Abbasi called on the worldwide community to urge India to allow access to fact-finding missions to Jammu and Kashmir, mentioned the report.

Union Minister of State for Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir said the state has been affected by terrorist violence that is sponsored and supported from across the border and levels of the violence in various districts of the Valley are linked to infiltrations.

Rebels have been fighting Indian rule since 1989, demanding Kashmir be made part of Pakistan or become an independent country.

Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since the end of British colonial rule in 1947, but both claim it in full.

But The Associated Press, citing local residents, reports that Indian troops also live ammunition on some groups of civilian protesters.

  • Megan Austin