India grants diplomats access to Kashmir for first time in months
Alasdair Pal, Fayaz Bukhari
SRINAGAR/NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Foreign diplomats visited India-ruled Kashmir on Thursday for the first time since New Delhi stripped the region of special status in August, but some European nations and others declined to go after being refused permission to travel independently.
India’s portion of the Muslim-majority Himalayan region, also claimed by Pakistan, has been under severe restrictions – including one of the world’s longest internet shutdowns – after India revoked decades-old laws granting Kashmir autonomy and statehood, leading to widespread unrest.
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