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Kashmiri Muslim women watch the funeral procession of Ishfaq Ahmed Malik, a suspected local militant, in Arwani, some 55 kilometers (35 miles) south of Srinagar, India, Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. Indian soldiers and police killed five suspected rebels during a fierce gunbattle Thursday in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, officials said.

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Kashmiri Muslim women watch the funeral procession of Ishfaq Ahmed Malik, a suspected local militant, in Arwani, some 55km (35 miles) south of Srinagar, India on Friday

Kashmiri women stand in a queue to cast their votes during the third phase polling of the Jammu and Kashmir state elections in Budgham, about 28 kilometers (17 miles) south west of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. The elections are being held in five stages to allow government forces to better guard against any violence or anti-India protests. Results are due Dec. 23.

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Kashmiri women stand in a queue to cast their votes during the third-phase polling of the Jammu and Kashmir state elections in Budgham, about 28km (17 miles) southwest of Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir, on Tuesday.

Kashmiri Muslims watch the funeral procession of Indian paramilitary soldier Muhammad Shafi Bhat in Buran, some 35 kilometers (22 miles) north of Srinagar, India, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. Thousands took part in the funeral procession of Shafi who was killed in an attack by Maoist rebels in central India on Monday

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Kashmiri Muslims watch the funeral procession of Indian paramilitary soldier Muhammad Shafi Bhat in Buran, some 35 kilometers (22 miles) north of Srinagar, India, on Wednesday

Kashmiris walk towards a polling station to cast their votes on a cold and foggy morning in Kulangham, some 68 kilometers north of Srinagar, India on Tuesday. The second phase of the five-phased state elections is being held Tuesday.

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Kashmiris walk towards a polling station to cast their votes on a cold and foggy morning in Kulangham, some 68km north of Srinagar, India, on Tuesday.

An Indian Army soldier takes position during an encounter with armed suspected militants at Pindi Khattar village in Arnia border sector, 43 kilometers (27 miles) south of Jammu, India, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. An army officer says some of the militants occupied an abandoned bunker in Jammu region early Thursday and fired at the soldiers in Arnia sector in the Indian portion of Kashmir.

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An Indian Army soldier takes position during an encounter with armed suspected militants at Pindi Khattar village in Arnia border sector, 43 kilometers (27 miles) south of Jammu, India on Thursday

Kashmiri women wait in a queue to cast their votes during the first phase of polling to the Jammu and Kashmir state assembly elections in Lar, some 30 kilometers (19 miles) north of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. The five phased voting is scheduled to be held till December 20 with the results expected on December 23.

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Kashmiri women wait in a queue to cast their votes during the first phase of polling to the Jammu and Kashmir state assembly elections in Lar, some 30 kilometers (19 miles) north of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir on Tuesday

A masked Kashmiri protester stands with a placard during a protest in Srinagar, India, Monday, Oct. 27, 2014. Separatists groups in Kashmir called a general strike Monday to mark the anniversary of the day Indian troops took control of the region in 1947. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

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A masked Kashmiri protester stands with a placard during a protest in Srinagar, India. Separatist groups in Kashmir called a general strike to mark the anniversary of the day Indian troops took control of the region in 1947. 

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A Kashmiri shopkeeper stacks flood-damaged shoes on the street outside his flood-affected shop at the Lal Chowk area in Srinagar

Kashmiri women paddle boats loaded with lotus roots for cattle feed on Dal Lake in Srinagar on August 27, 2014.   Kashmir is divided between India and Pakistan, which both claim the region in full but administer separate partial areas. The neighbours have fought two of their three wars since independence over its control.

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Kashmiri women paddle boats loaded with lotus roots for cattle feed on Dal Lake in Srinagar on Wednesday. Kashmir is divided between India and Pakistan, which both claim the region in full but administer separate partial areas

Shutdown in Srinagar...epa04273978 Kashmiri children walk past as an Indian paramilitary soldier standing guard in front of closed shops during a shutdown in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir, 23 June 2014. Indian police detained Muhammad Yasin Malik, Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), along with his supporters in Srinagar. Malik was evading arrest ahead of his Monday's 'Quit Kashmir' programme. Indian Kashmir is observing a complete shutdown in response to the JKLF call against New Delhi's rule. Authorities have deployed contingents of police and paramilitary at several places to foil JKLF's protest programme.  EPA/FAROOQ KHAN

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Kashmiri children walk past an Indian paramilitary soldier standing in front of closed shops during a shutdown in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir. Police detained Muhammad Yasin Malik, chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), along with several of his supporters in Srinagar ahead of Mr Malik’s “Quit Kashmir” programme on Monday. Indian Kashmir is observing a complete shutdown in response to the JKLF call against New Delhi’s rule. Authorities have deployed police and paramilitary forces in several places to foil JKLF’s protest programme. 

Kashmiri Muslim women offer prayers on the Friday following celebrations for "Meeraj-un-Nabi" at the Hazratbal shrine in Srinagar May 30, 2014. Thousands of Kashmiri Muslims on Friday thronged to Hazratbal shrine, which houses a relic believed to be a hair from the beard of Prophet Mohammed, to celebrate concluding ceremonies of Meeraj-un-Nabi or ascension of Prophet Mohammed to Heaven.

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Kashmiri Muslim women offer prayers following Meeraj-un-Nabi celebrations at the Hazratbal shrine in Srinagar. Thousands on Friday thronged to the shrine, which houses a relic believed to be a hair from the beard of Prophet Mohammed, to celebrate the prophet’s ascension to heaven

A Kashmiri man reads a newspaper in front of closed shops during shutdown in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir. Chairman of the hardline faction of separatist group Syed Ali Geelani had called for a shutdown to protest against the arrests of Kashmiri youths during the Indian general elections in Indian Kashmir.

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A Kashmiri man reads a newspaper during a shutdown in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir. Syed Ali Geelani, a separatist leader, had called for a shutdown to protest against the arrests of Kashmiri youths during the Indian general elections in Indian Kashmir.

Kashmiri women row a boat filled with weed after cleaning the Dal Lake on Earth Day, on the outskirts of Srinagar, India, Tuesday, April 22, 2014. The weed-clogged Dal Lake is central to Kashmirís tourist trade and efforts are being made to rescue the lake. In the past two decades the lake has shrunk by more than half, according to environmental study reports. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

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Kashmiri women row a boat filled with weeds after cleaning the Dal Lake on Earth Day, on the outskirts of Srinagar, India, Tuesday. The weed-clogged Dal Lake is central to Kashmir‘s tourist trade and efforts are being made to rescue the lake. In the past two decades the lake has shrunk by more than half, according to environmental study reports 

Kashmiri people gather near the body of Waseem Yousuf Dar during his funeral in Dogripora village...Kashmiri people gather near the body of Waseem Yousuf Dar during his funeral in Dogripora village, about 40 km (25 miles) south of Srinagar, January 8, 2014. Waseem, a militant, was killed during a gunbattle with Indian soldiers on Tuesday evening in Dogripora, police said. REUTERS/Danish Ismail

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Kashmiri people gather at the funeral of Waseem Yousuf Dar in Dogripora village, near Srinagar in Kashmir. Waseem, a militant, was killed during a gunfight with Indian soldiers on Tuesday evening according to police.

An Indian paramilitary soldier stands guard during a surprise search operation in the business hub of Lal Chowk in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir, 07 October 2013 Indian Army officiating Brigadier General Staff, Sanjay Mitra said a major infiltration bid by militants is underway in the Keran sector along the Line of Control, the de facto border which divides Kashmir into Indian and Pakistan administered parts.

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An Indian paramilitary soldier stands guard during a surprise search operation in the business hub of Lal Chowk in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir. Officiating Brigadier General Staff, Sanjay Mitra, of the Indian army, said a major infiltration bid by militants is under way in the Keran sector along the Line of Control, the de facto border which divides Kashmir into Indian and Pakistan administered parts.

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) recru...Indian Border Security Force (BSF) recruits march during their passing out parade in Humhama, on the outskirts of Srinagar on September 20, 2013. Some 623 new recruits were inducted into the force which is fighting an insurgency in Kashmir. At least 47,000 people have died as a result of the insurgency in highly militarised Indian Kashmir, according to official count with seperatists putting the toll twice as high. AFP PHOTO/Tauseef MUSTAFATAUSEEF MUSTAFA/AFP/Getty Images

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Indian Border Security Force recruits march during their passing out parade in Humhama, on the outskirts of Srinagar on Friday. Some 623 recruits were inducted into the force, which is fighting an insurgency in Kashmir. 

Coloured water from water cannons hits Kashmiri government employees as they shout slogans during a protest in Srinagar, India. Police detained dozens of government employees who protested demanding regularization of contractual jobs and an increase in pay.

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Kashmiri government employees are drenched in coloured water during a protest in Srinagar, India. Police used water cannons and detained dozens of employees during the protest by employees demanding regularisation of contractual jobs and an increase in pay.

 woman activist of Kashmiri separatist group Hurriyat Conference participates in a protest condemning Fridayís attack on Muslims by Hindus in Srinagar, India, Monday, Aug. 12, 2013. Curfew continued in some parts of Indian portion of Kashmir Monday following clashes between Hindus and Muslims during Eid holiday celebrations that claimed three lives.  (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

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A member of the Kashmiri separatist group Hurriyat Conference at a protest condemning Friday’s attack on Muslims by Hindus in Srinagar, India, on Monday. Curfew continued in some parts of the Indian portion of Kashmir, following clashes between Hindus and Muslims during Eid holiday celebrations that claimed three lives

Activists of India's Congress party's youth wing try to break barricades as police use water cannon to stop them during a protest in New Delhi, against the death of five Indian army soldiers in cross-border exchanges. Pakistani troops fired at a patrol near the cease-fire line on Tuesday in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir.

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Activists from India’s Congress party’s youth wing try to break barricades as police use water cannon to stop them during a protest in New Delhi, against the death of five Indian army soldiers in cross-border exchanges. Pakistani troops fired at a patrol near the cease-fire line on Tuesday in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir.

A Kashmiri woman looks out of a window during Jumat-ul-Vida or the last Friday prayers of the holy month of Ramadan in Srinagar.

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A Kashmiri woman looks out of a window during Jumat-ul-Vida, or the last Friday prayers of the holy month of Ramadan, in Srinagar.