India PM Narendra Modi vows to ‘restore’ Kashmir’s ‘past glory’
(FASTNEWS|COLOMBO) -Indian PM Narendra Modi has said his decision to strip Indian-administered Kashmir of its special status will restore the region to its “past glory”.
Pakistan’s PM Imran Khan earlier criticised India’s move, warning “the world’s eye is on Kashmir”.
Both leaders covered the tense situation in Kashmir in their independence day speeches, a day apart.
The disputed territory has been the site of decades of sporadic conflict and is now in lockdown.
A communications blackout in the region has made reporting from India-administered Kashmir difficult – but Mr Modi did not mention the restrictions in his speech.
India celebrates Independence Day one day after Pakistan. The two separate states came into existence as a result of the partition of British India in 1947.
(with inputs by BBC)