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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. Read more

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 Read more

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. Read more

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