Photos: A week of speculation and the scrapping of Article 370 in Kashmir

The BJP-led central government on August 05, 2019 moved a resolution to scrap Article 370 on Jammu and Kashmir, which gives special status to the restive state. Union home minister Amit Shah moved a resolution in the Rajya Sabha to revoke the article of the Constitution. Shah said Jammu and Kashmir will also be “reorganised,” amid speculation the state will be divided into two areas comprising Jammu and Kashmir as a UT with legislature and Ladakh without one. A look at the developments over this past week culminating with the divisive Article 370.

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A woman rows a Shikara boat carrying LPG gas cylinders, through a bed of lotus flowers at the Dal Lake in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir on July 31. The state of Jammu and Kashmir has experienced a state of unprecedented tensions, culminating in the developments in Parliament. (Waseem Andrabi / HT Photo)

A woman rows a Shikara boat carrying LPG gas cylinders, through a bed of lotus flowers at the Dal Lake in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir on July 31. The state of Jammu and Kashmir has experienced a state of unprecedented tensions, culminating in the developments in Parliament. (Waseem Andrabi / HT Photo)

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Tourists walk towards a bus at the Tourist Reception Center after an advisory indicating danger to Amarnath Yatris and visitors in the Kashmir Valley was released on August 02. Speculations over the motive behind the advisory ran rife with no clear explanations coming forward. (Waseem Andrabi / HT Photo)

Tourists walk towards a bus at the Tourist Reception Center after an advisory indicating danger to Amarnath Yatris and visitors in the Kashmir Valley was released on August 02. Speculations over the motive behind the advisory ran rife with no clear explanations coming forward. (Waseem Andrabi / HT Photo)

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Former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah during a press conference in Srinagar on August 03. Indian authorities asked tourists to leave Kashmir because of “terror threats”, as media reports said 25,000 military reinforcements had been sent to the troubled Himalayan region. (Tauseef Mustafa / AFP)

Former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah during a press conference in Srinagar on August 03. Indian authorities asked tourists to leave Kashmir because of “terror threats”, as media reports said 25,000 military reinforcements had been sent to the troubled Himalayan region. (Tauseef Mustafa / AFP)

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Foreign tourists cross the Dal Lake on a shikara as they prepare to leave Srinagar. Australia, Germany and the United Kingdom asked their citizens to avoid all travel to Jammu and Kashmir, a day after the government asked tourists and Amarnath Yatra pilgrims to “immediately” cut short their stay and return, in an unprecedented advisory amid intelligence inputs of terror threats. (Dar Yasin / AP)

Foreign tourists cross the Dal Lake on a shikara as they prepare to leave Srinagar. Australia, Germany and the United Kingdom asked their citizens to avoid all travel to Jammu and Kashmir, a day after the government asked tourists and Amarnath Yatra pilgrims to “immediately” cut short their stay and return, in an unprecedented advisory amid intelligence inputs of terror threats. (Dar Yasin / AP)

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A Kashmiri man waits to buy a cooking gas cylinder in Srinagar. People in Srinagar and other towns in Kashmir thronged grocery stores and medical shops to stock up on essentials as tensions soared along the volatile, highly militarized frontier between India and Pakistan. (Mukhtar Khan / AP)

A Kashmiri man waits to buy a cooking gas cylinder in Srinagar. People in Srinagar and other towns in Kashmir thronged grocery stores and medical shops to stock up on essentials as tensions soared along the volatile, highly militarized frontier between India and Pakistan. (Mukhtar Khan / AP)

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On August 04, a view of a market where people are shopping as panic gripped the valley after the Jammu and Kashmir government issued a security advisory. (ANI)

On August 04, a view of a market where people are shopping as panic gripped the valley after the Jammu and Kashmir government issued a security advisory. (ANI)

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Lt Gen Kanwal Jeet Singh Dhillon (C), General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the Srinagar-based 15 Corps; Dilbagh Singh (R), Director General of Police and Zulfiqar Hassan (L), Inspector General, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) during a joint press conference inside an army headquarter, in Srinagar. (Waseem Andrabi / HT Photo)

Lt Gen Kanwal Jeet Singh Dhillon (C), General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the Srinagar-based 15 Corps; Dilbagh Singh (R), Director General of Police and Zulfiqar Hassan (L), Inspector General, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) during a joint press conference inside an army headquarter, in Srinagar. (Waseem Andrabi / HT Photo)

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Empty shikaras parked at Dal Lake after government issued security advisory for Amarnath Yatris and tourists to curtail their stay in Kashmir. (PTI)

Empty shikaras parked at Dal Lake after government issued security advisory for Amarnath Yatris and tourists to curtail their stay in Kashmir. (PTI)

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Security personnel question motorists on a street in Jammu. Authorities in Kashmir placed large parts of the disputed region under lockdown on August 04, while India sent in tens of thousands of additional troops and traded accusations of clashes with Pakistan at LoC, the de facto border. (Rakesh Bakshi / AFP)

Security personnel question motorists on a street in Jammu. Authorities in Kashmir placed large parts of the disputed region under lockdown on August 04, while India sent in tens of thousands of additional troops and traded accusations of clashes with Pakistan at LoC, the de facto border. (Rakesh Bakshi / AFP)

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National Conference President Farooq Abdullah, PDP President and former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti and other leaders during an all party meeting regarding the current situation in Kashmir, as tensions in Jammu and Kashmir continue to deepen. (PTI)

National Conference President Farooq Abdullah, PDP President and former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti and other leaders during an all party meeting regarding the current situation in Kashmir, as tensions in Jammu and Kashmir continue to deepen. (PTI)

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Former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir and PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti during a candle march protest in Srinagar on August 04. National Conference chief Omar Abdullah, PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti and People’s Conference leader Sajad Lone were put under house arrest later in the evening after authorities imposed restriction on the movement across Srinagar. Mobile and internet services have been suspended. (ANI)

Former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir and PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti during a candle march protest in Srinagar on August 04. National Conference chief Omar Abdullah, PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti and People’s Conference leader Sajad Lone were put under house arrest later in the evening after authorities imposed restriction on the movement across Srinagar. Mobile and internet services have been suspended. (ANI)

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People raise slogans as they celebrate the government’s scrapping of the special status for Kashmir, in Ahmedabad. Such images have been pouring in through the day from across the country. (Amit Dave / REUTERS)

People raise slogans as they celebrate the government’s scrapping of the special status for Kashmir, in Ahmedabad. Such images have been pouring in through the day from across the country. (Amit Dave / REUTERS)

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Schools reopened normally on August 04, with classes resuming in colleges and other educational institutions, in Leh, Ladakh. Reports suggest that while Kashmir reels under a clampdown and uncertainty, Ladakh fares far better with communication lines and institutions functioning normally. (ANI)

Schools reopened normally on August 04, with classes resuming in colleges and other educational institutions, in Leh, Ladakh. Reports suggest that while Kashmir reels under a clampdown and uncertainty, Ladakh fares far better with communication lines and institutions functioning normally. (ANI)

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah arrives at the Parliament house in New Delhi on August 05. On Monday, Amit Shah moved a resolution in Rajya Sabha to abrogate Article 370 of the Constitution that extends special status to Jammu and Kashmir. The Rajya Sabha also cleared a bill to divide the state into two union territories, one for Ladakh and the second for Jammu and Srinagar regions. Both would be administered by the central government through a Lt-Governor. (Prakash Singh / AFP)

Union Home Minister Amit Shah arrives at the Parliament house in New Delhi on August 05. On Monday, Amit Shah moved a resolution in Rajya Sabha to abrogate Article 370 of the Constitution that extends special status to Jammu and Kashmir. The Rajya Sabha also cleared a bill to divide the state into two union territories, one for Ladakh and the second for Jammu and Srinagar regions. Both would be administered by the central government through a Lt-Governor. (Prakash Singh / AFP)

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