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12:00 AM, October 17, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:31 AM, October 17, 2020


Major parties in J&K unite

Kashmir's main political parties announced a grand alliance on Thursday to seek a peaceful restoration of its autonomy after India's release of the last major Kashmiri political leader from lengthy detention.

India revoked the Muslim-majority region's special status last year, mposed harsh curbs on the region to stem protests.

On Tuesday, the government ordered the release of Mehbooba Mufti after a 14-month detention and she and other leaders promptly called for a campaign to restore Kashmir's special rights.

"Our battle is a constitutional battle. We want the government of India to return to the people of the state (of Kashmir) the rights they held before 5th August, 2019," said former Kashmiri chief minister Farooq Abdullah.


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