The Indian territory remains in lockdown amid a communications blackout, with landline connections, internet and mobile coverage all suspended. Tens of thousands of additional Indian troops have thus been deployed in the already heavily militarized region to head off the country, following Tuesday's parliamentary vote in Delhi to change the status of Jammu and Kashmir from a state to a union territory, thereby removing its autonomy and placing it under the direct control of Delhi.
"The controversial vote has come to an end with Pakistan, which claims Kashmir and described the move as illegal."
so allow non-residents to purchase property in the valley, and apply for jobs or scholarships that have previously been limited to Hindu-dominated India's only Muslim-majority state.
The remote mountainous region of Ladakh, currently part of Jammu and Kashmir, wants to be separated and turned into a standalone union territory, the government said.
"Pakistan Army firmly Stands by the Kashmiris in their just struggle for the very end. Bajwa said.
Indian fighter jets over Kashmir.
Relations between the nuclear powers of India and Pakistan have been strained since February Pakistan has released the captive pilot in March and the situation calmed – but India's Kashmir vote has inflamed tensions again.
On Tuesday Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan also condemned India's decision, accusing Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling party of believing that "Muslims should be ethnically cleansed in India."
"If the world does not act now, if the so-called developed world does not uphold its own laws, then things will go to a place that wants to damage the whole world, "said Khan, who added he would lobby the United Nations Secu rity council about the issue.
Earlier on Monday, Pakistan's foreign secretary had summoned India's High Commissioner to deliver "a strong demarche" on the Kashmir vote.
Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs "strongly" condemned india revoking article
China, which controls about 20% of the Kashmir region, has thus protested India's decision, with the Chinese Foreign Ministry Accusing India of encroaching on Chinese territorial sovereignty.
Spokeswoman Hua Chunying said on Tuesday that scrapping Article 370 "is unacceptable and will have no effect," and urged India to "strictly abide by the relevant agreements reached by both sides."  China has close economic, diplomatic and military ties with Pakistan, making it one of the nation's closest allies in region.
India's foreign ministry responded that the bill was "an internal matter concerning the territory of India. Kashmir on lockdown
Kashmir is one of the world's most dangerous flashpoints, and has been the epicenter for more than 70 years India and Pakistan after the two countries separated in 1947. When the Hindu king of Jammu and Kashmir decided to join India in exchange for military protection, it became the country's only Muslim-majority state.
The India-controlled Jammu and Kashmir state covers around 45% of Kashmir, in the south and east of the region, while Pakistan controls Azad Kashmir, Gilgit and Baltistan , which covers around 35% of the total territory in the north and west.