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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.

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Indian paramilitary and police conduct a patrol during a curfew imposed on the Kashmiri summer capital in Srinagar on Friday. Indian-administered Kashmir’s main city was placed under curfew after Indian paramilitary forces shot dead six people protesting a raid by troops on an Islamic school in Kashmir on Wednesday. 

Police uses colored water to disperse Kashmiri government employees during a protest in Srinagar, India, Monday, July 8, 2013. Police detained dozens of government employees during the protest demanding regularization of contractual jobs and a hike in salary.

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Police use coloured water to disperse Kashmiri government employees during a protest in Srinagar, India, on Monday. Police detained dozens of government employees during the protest demanding regularisation of contractual jobs and a rise in salary.

Kashmiri men fish from the weed-covered Dal Lake in Srinagar...Kashmiri men fish from the weed-covered Dal Lake in Srinagar June 25, 2013.

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Kashmiri men fish from the weed-covered Dal Lake in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, on Tuesday.

A Kashmiri government employee shouts anti-government slogans from inside an Indian police vehicle after she was detained during a protest demanding release of their arrears and regularization of adhoc and contractual employees in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir, 10 June 2013. The employees had called for a march to enter the Civil Secretariat which comprises offices of the state's chief minister.

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A Kashmiri government employee shouts anti-government slogans from inside an Indian police vehicle after she was detained during a protest demanding release of their arrears and regularisation of adhoc and contractual employees in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir on Monday. The employees called for a march to enter the Civil Secretariat which comprises offices of the state’s chief minister.

Kashmiri Muslim devotees pray as an unseen custodian displays a holy relic, believed to be a hair from the Prophet Muhammad's beard, at Kashmir's main Hazratbal Shrine in Srinagar early June 7, 2013, during celebrations for Miraj-Ul-Alam (Ascension to Heaven). Thousands of Muslims converge annually for celebrations at the shrine near the summer capital of the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

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Kashmiri Muslim devotees pray as an unseen custodian displays a holy relic, believed to be a hair from the Prophet Mohammed’s beard, at Kashmir’s main Hazratbal Shrine in Srinagar on Friday, during celebrations for Miraj-Ul-Alam (Ascension to Heaven). Thousands of Muslims converge annually for celebrations at the shrine near the summer capital of the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

An Indian policeman looks from armored vehicle outside Mirwaiz Manzil in the old city, towards were separatists were planning to hold a rally in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir, 21 May 2013. A shutdown called by separatists to mark the anniversaries of two slain leaders Molvi Mohammad Farooq, who was assassinated on 21 May 1990, and Abdul Gani Lone killed on the same day in 2002 hit normal life in Indian- Kashmir. Protesters clashed with the police and paramilitary troopers in old city. Shops, educational institutions, business establishments remained closed in the city as well as public transport. Authorities have placed moderate separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house arrest.

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An Indian policeman on Tuesday watches from an armoured vehicle outside Mirwaiz Manzil in the old city, towards where separatists were planning to hold a rally in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir. A shutdown was called by separatists to mark the anniversaries of two slain leaders, Molvi Mohammad Farooq and Abdul Gani Lone. Protesters clashed with the police and paramilitary troopers in the old city. Shops, schools and businesses were closed, as was public transport. Authorities have placed moderate separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house arrest. 

A Kashmiri Bakarwal leads a horse carrying tents and blankets through the banks of the Dal Lake in Srinagar, India, Tuesday, May 14, 2013. Bakarwals are nomadic herders in Jammu Kashmir state, who wander in search of good pastures for their cattle.

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A Kashmiri Bakarwal leads his horse carrying tents and blankets along the banks of the Dal Lake in Srinagar, India. Bakarwals are nomadic herders in Jammu and Kashmir state, who wander in search of good pastures for their cattle

epa03698376 (05/17) A leper patient looks on outside one of the huts at the leprosy hospital in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir, 30 April 2013. The leprosy hospital was founded by the British around 1891. At present there are just over a hundred patients living with their families in the hospital run by the Kashmir state government. The patients live in the same mud made structures which were built by the British over a century ago, most of them under unhygienic conditions and without proper sanitation.  EPA/FAROOQ KHAN PLEASE REFER TO ADVISORY NOTICE (epa03698371)  FOR FULL FEATURE TEXT

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A leprosy patient looks on outside one of the huts at the leprosy hospital in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir. The leprosy hospital was founded by the British circa 1891. At present there are just over a hundred patients living with their families in the hospital run by the Kashmir state government. The patients live in the same mud made structures which were built by the British over a century ago. Most of them with unhygienic conditions and without proper sanitation

Kashmiri Muslims react as an unseen priest shows a relic believed to be a hair from the beard of Prophet Muhammed during special prayers on the death anniversary of Abu Bakr Siddiq, the first Caliph of Islam  at the Hazratbal Shrine in Srinagar on May 3, 2013. Hundrends of Kashmiri Muslims gathered at the shrine in the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir to offer special prayers.

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Kashmiri Muslims react as a priest shows a relic believed to be a hair from the beard of Prophet Muhammed during special prayers on the death anniversary of Abu Bakr Siddiq, the first Caliph of Islam at the Hazratbal Shrine in Srinagar on Friday. Hundreds of Kashmiri Muslims gathered at the shrine in the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir to offer special prayers.