In a statement made by State Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus, the U.S. emphasised that it is up to India and Pakistan to decide on the pace and scope of the talks on the Kashmir issue. The first war ended in 1948 with a United Nations -brokered cease-fire that left Kashmir divided and promised its people a United Nations -sponsored referendum on the region's future.
Pakistan responded to India's action by saying it would reduce diplomatic ties with New Delhi, expel the Indian ambassador and suspend trade and a key train service between the two countries.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has urged the global community to play its role in addressing the situation in Indian-administered Kashmir and help avert, what he called "genocide in Kashmir".
The provision, inserted through a special Presidential order in 1954, also gave the Assembly powers to determine the recipients of grants, the right to purchase land and property, as well as settling permanently in the region. "Some women and children even jumped into the water", a witness said at Srinagar's Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, where pellet victims were admitted.
China on Friday called on India and Pakistan to resolve their disputes through dialogue and negotiation as Pakistan Foreign Minister arrived here to seek Beijing's support after New Delhi revoked the special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
According to the legislation, while Jammu and Kashmir will have a legislature, Ladakh will be without an Assembly.
"And if there was, I certainly wouldn't be announcing it here, but no, there's not", Ortagus said in response to a follow-up question.
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Qureshi had held talks with Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi during which he said he believed "China will stand up for justice on the Kashmir issue", a statement issued by the Chinese foreign ministry said.
Islamabad has also promised to take the matter to the UN Security Council, while Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan displayed his anger in a series of tweets calling for global action. "They have touched something they don't know how to get out of".
Kashmir has been a bone of contention between India and Pakistan since the countries gained freedom from British colonial rule in 1947.
The crowd was pushed back by police at Aiwa bridge, where a witness said tear gas and pellets were used against them.
The petitioner said that the absolute and complete internet and telecommunication shutdown, severe restrictions on mobility and sweeping curtailment on information sharing in the Kashmir valley, at a time when significant political and constitutional changes are being undertaken in Delhi to the status of J&K, is fuelling anxiety, panic, alarm, insecurity and fear among the residents of the Kashmir.
"There is also no real worldwide or multi-lateral body to which this can be addressed to", she said, adding that there was "widespread popular support" inside India for the Modi government's decision.
Mainstream Kashmir politicians oppose the latest changes, and several have been detained by Indian authorities, including two former top elected officials.