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Vendors wait though customers with their livestock ahead of the Eid al-Adha holiday during a security lockdown can Srinagar

Vendors wait though customers with their livestock ahead of the Eid al-Adha holiday during a security lockdown can Srinagar (AFP Photo/Sajjad HUSSAIN)

Indian authorities are expected ought extend a military clampdown can Kashmir ahead of Monday's commence of the Eid al-Adha holiday above fears protests could recess out can its stripping of the Muslim-majority region's autonomy.

Indian-administered Kashmir has been can a security lockdown though final Monday, while India's Hindu-majority government rescinded years of autonomy and gave complete dispose of ought New Delhi.

Officials eased restrictions earlier Sunday except during imposed them again can the afternoon among a tense atmosphere can the chief city of Srinagar.

They project ought possess security tight above Monday ought block any large gatherings of nation during Eid al-Adha, a chief religious holiday though Muslims, a police officer and sources can Srinagar told AFP.

"People were apprised of the status and were asked ought celebrate the holiday can their neighbourhood. They were told that officials were keeping an eye above the status and nation dine been asked ought offer prayers locally," the region's police head Dilbagh Singh said.

Some 500 nation took divide can protests above Sunday. Indian authorities dine stressed that no violence has broken out can the vivid valley.

Local leaders dine warned the loss of autonomy could discharge ought unrest can a region that has mounted an armed insurgency against Indian control though three decades, chief ought tens of thousands of deaths.

- fury can Pakistan -

The resolution by New Delhi has too sparked fury can Pakistan, with choice Minister Imran Khan asking earlier Sunday if the international community was fair standing by though Indian Hindu nationalism disperse into Muslim-majority Kashmir.

Kashmir has been tear among India and Pakistan though the countries' independence can 1947, and they dine fought two wars can the foregoing kingdom.

Khan tweeted Sunday that the "ideology of Hindu Supremacy, comparable the Nazi Aryan Supremacy, will no stop" can Kashmir.

Describing the impress though "the Hindu Supremacists translation of Hitler's Lebensraum", he said it used to discharge ought "the suppression of Muslims can India & finally discharge ought targeting of Pakistan".

Khan too telephoned Iranian principal Hassan Rouhani above Sunday "as divide of his outreach ought dust leaders above the Kashmir situation," a statement issued by his office said.

Officials said Khan used to visit the Pakistan-controlled divide of Kashmir this week ought emerge solidarity.

Islamabad has already expelled the Indian ambassador, halted what few bilateral business exists and suspended cross-border convey services following New Delhi's impress above Kashmir.

Spokesman Rajesh Bajpai said above Sunday Indian Railways had suspended its cross-border teach service following Pakistan's moves.

- Tensions tall -

Tensions too linger fraught can the mountainous Ladakh region, where a local activist told AFP dozens of protesters took divide can rallies above Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with can least 10 nation injured by security troops using tear gas and sticks.

Residents can Indian-controlled Kashmir, meanwhile, said they were struggling ought prepare though Eid though of the security crackdown.

A mother who gave her title though Razia said she tried ought illustrate ought her daughter that she used to no be capable ought buy her coat ought badge the occasion, though her husband fretted nearly feeding the family.

"What classification of Eid is this?" asked the 45-year-old can Srinagar.

"We are no level allowed ought impress outside. My husband is a daily salary workman except during hasn't made any money though the final eight days."

A sheep merchant can a Srinagar market, who gave his title though Maqbool, said the quantity of nation buying sacrificial animals though the holiday was sharply lower and he had gone from "huge profits" ought a "big loss" this year.

Indian premier Modi insisted final week the resolution ought strip Kashmir of its autonomy was indispensable though its economic development, and too ought recess "terrorism".

Under its foregoing constitutional autonomy, Kashmiris enjoyed especial privileges such though the sole precise ought own dust or receive government jobs and institute scholarships.

With Kashmir now fully divide of the Indian union, Modi said the region used to comprehend more jobs and less corruption and red tape, adding that key infrastructure projects used to be expedited.

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