On Day 13 of clampdown after scrapping Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, restrictions are gradually being eased while security forces remain on high alert. State government officials said most phone lines in the Valley will be gradually restored over the weekend and schools will reopen area-wise next week.
Twelve districts in Jammu and Kashmir out of 22 were functioning normally while there was limited night-time restrictions only in five districts. The UN Security Council in its informal consultation on Kashmir acknowledged India’s measures to bring normalcy and development to the state.
India said its position was and remains that matters pertaining to Article 370 are entirely an internal matter. Meanwhile, the White House said US President Donald Trump conveyed the importance of India and Pakistan reducing tensions through bilateral dialogue during a phone call with Pakistan PM Imran Khan. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said India is “firmly committed” to its ‘no first use’ of nuclear weapons policy but future of the security doctrine will depend on the circumstances.