PM Modi holds telephonic conversation with US president

Wednesday, 21 Aug, 2019

Meanwhile many locals in Srinagar were heard saying that even though, the government had chose to open primary schools, residents in many parts were unlikely to send their children.

The Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman also spoke with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on the Kashmir situation. Parents said that they were anxious about safety.

"The Prime Minister stated that he appreciated remaining in regular touch with President Trump", it added. "They are running across the world and even threatening us intermittently". Already four million Indian Muslims face detention camps and cancellation of citizenship (in Kashmir).

Restrictions were eased in parts of Srinagar, where schools for students from preschool to fifth grade were set to reopen after a two-week security lockdown.

AFP reported that about 20 percent of landline phone connections had been restored, but mobile phone and Internet connections remained severed on August 19.

He said that it is the responsibility of the UNSC to hold open sessions on Kashmir and take steps to bring to an end the ongoing massacre of the Kashmiri people.

"These arrests have been made in the areas where there has been intensifying stone pelting in the last few days", the officer said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation. There was fear of continuing unrest over the government's decision to withdraw the region's special status and integrate it fully into India, with equal rights for all Indians to buy property there and compete for government jobs.

On Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had told US President Donald Trump over phone that "extreme rhetoric and incitement to anti-India violence by certain leaders in the region was not conducive to peace". "A tough situation, but good conversations!"

"Indian staff at their (Twitter and Facebook) regional Headquarters is the reason (for suspension of the accounts)", Ghafoor said, urged people to post information about accounts suspended by the two social networking sites.

The official said the USA continues to believe that direct dialogue between the two sides is critical to resolving the dispute and it does not support suggestions by Pakistani officials that Islamabad take the matter to the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

The clock tower at deserted Lal Chowk is pictured during a security lockdown in Srinagar on Monday.

Reuters visited nine schools across Srinagar on Tuesday, none of which had any students in attendance.

There has been no major incident of law and order violation in Kashmir Valley and life is slowly returning to normal, top Jammu and Kashmir administration officials said on Monday.

The gathering comes as Indian authorities say they are easing a almost two-week old security crackdown in the region, restoring some landline phone service and easing restrictions on the movements of people in some areas.