Ex-IoK chief ministers Mufti, Abdullah placed under house arrest

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The Indian government on Sunday night placed former chief ministers Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah under house arrest as the crackdown ensued.

According to local reports from the militarised valley, restrictions were imposed by the Indian government to deter protesters from taking to the streets.

The government banned holding of any political gatherings of public meetings or rallies. Schools and educational institutions were also closed.

“Identity cards of essential services officials will be treated as movement passes wherever required,” read an Indian government order but claimed that a curfew was not in place.

According to some reports, internet and phone services were also suspended in Indian-held Kashmir to deter protesters from holding rallies against the Indian Army.

Omar Abdullah took to Twitter and claimed that he was ‘being placed under house arrest from midnight tonight & the process has already started for other mainstream leaders. No way of knowing if this is true but if it is then I’ll see all of you on the other side of whatever is in store. Allah save us.’

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to hold a national security meeting on Monday where the Kashmir issue will come under discussion.

Prime Minister Khan held a meeting of the National Security Council (NSC) on Sunday. Participants of the meeting agreed that if India were to attack, Pakistan would respond with full force.

Tensions are once again high between the two nuclear-armed neighbours after their February showdown in which Pakistan shot down two IAF jets after they intruded into Pakistani airspace.

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