Tensions are mounting over the disputed region of Kashmir following India’s revocation of its special status Monday. Kashmir remains on lockdown, with internet and other communications blocked and leaders placed under house arrest. The status change would mean Hindu Indians from outside Kashmir could buy land and settle in the region, among other actions that will shift the demographic makeup of the Indian-administered, Muslim-majority region. Critics and many Kashmiris say this would threaten the state’s autonomy, further consolidating it into Indian rule.
Protests were held across Pakistan Monday as political and military leaders convene today to discuss the issue. Raja Farooq Haider, the prime minister of Pakistan-administered Azad Kashmir, issued a stern warning, saying Pakistan’s Army would defend the region and make “a graveyard for Indian soldiers” if “India dares to try any mischief” over Kashmir. Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said India’s actions were a violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions, while the U.N. is calling for all parties to exercise restraint.