Authorities in Indian-administered Kashmir are restoring phone services after a security crackdown following a decision to downgrade the majority-Muslim region’s autonomy.
Four worshippers have been killed after a powerful bomb exploded inside a mosque in Pakistan during Friday prayers.
Pakistan’s prime minister has assured Kashmiri people living in the Indian-administered part of the divided region that he supports them in their struggle for self-determination.
Troops in India-administered Kashmir allowed some Muslims to walk to local mosques alone or in pairs to pray for the Eid al-Adha festival during an unprecedented security crackdown that still forced most people in the disputed region to stay indoors on the Islamic holy day.
Monsoon rains have inundated much of Pakistan, leaving large parts of the southern city of Karachi under water and causing at least 17 deaths as of Sunday.
Authorities enforcing a strict curfew in Indian-administered Kashmir will deliver trucks of essential supplies for an Islamic festival next week, as the divided Himalayan region remains in lockdown after India stripped it of its constitutional autonomy.
A curfew in Indian-administered Kashmir in effect for a fifth day was eased on Friday to allow residents to pray at mosques, officials said, but some protests broke out in the disputed region despite thousands of security forces in the streets as tensions remained high with Pakistan.
Indian security forces have arrested more than 500 people since New Delhi imposed a communications blackout and security clampdown in divided Kashmir, where people remained holed up in their homes for a fourth day.
Pakistan says it has suspended a key train service with neighbouring India over a change in Kashmir’s special status by New Delhi.
Pakistan is downgrading diplomatic ties with India and suspending bilateral trade in response to New Delhi’s decision to eliminate the special status and statehood of Kashmir, a Himalayan region claimed by both countries.
Indian MPs have passed a bill that strips statehood from the Indian-administered part of Kashmir amid an indefinite security lockdown in the disputed territory.