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Modi visits Kashmir’s main city for the first time since revoking region’s semi-autonomy

NEW DELHI (AP) — Prime Minister Narendra Modi made his first official visit to Kashmir’s main city since India stripped the disputed region of its semi-autonomy in 2019. Speaking in Srinagar on Thursday, Modi announced development projects and said previous governments had misled people over the region’s now-scrapped special status. Thousands of paramilitary troops and police in flak jackets maintained extra vigilance across the Kashmir Valley, the heartland of the rebellion against Indian rule. The 2019 move by Modi’s government fulfilled a longstanding Hindu-nationalist pledge, but Kashmir has been on edge since. Modi’s visit is seen as a campaign event for national elections in several weeks.

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