Thousands rally in Pakistan over Kashmir after PM Khan calls for nationwide demos | AFP

Pakistanis rally in Islamabad after Prime Minister Imran Khan calls for mass demonstrations against New Delhi’s actions in Indian-administered Kashmir.

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Muneeb Ur Rehman was at home with his family when a mortar shell hit the house and killed him.

“He was hit in the head once, and one shell piece hit his leg. There was huge bloodshed, so much blood just flowing inside the house,” said Nazakath Ali Khan, Muneeb’s cousin.

Battal lies on the Pakistani side of the so-called Line of Control, a de facto border that splits the disputed region of Kashmir with Pakistan controlling one side and India controlling the other.

Islamabad and Delhi both claim Kashmir in full, but since the 1949 U.N.-brokered ceasefire, they control only parts of it — territories recognized internationally as Indian-administered Kashmir and Pakistan-administered Kashmir.

The two countries are on the verge of war over Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s move earlier this month to revoke Article 370, a constitutional provision that had granted special status to the region of Kashmir that it controls.

Khan told VICE News that since Modi’s move on Aug. 5, there’s been an upsurge in violence.

“It has become routine here — people dying here day by day. You can find there is more bombardment from India, there are more fighters, there’s more targeted killings from the Indian side,” Khan said.

To try to stifle any violent reaction, India has put the region it controls on lockdown. The military patrols the streets, and the internet has been blacked out. It’s the only Muslim-majority state in India, leading many in Pakistan and Pakistan-administered Kashmir to believe Modi’s move is motivated by extreme Hindu nationalism.

The situation has become serious enough that the United Nations Security Council met on Aug. 16 to discuss the crisis, the first time it met formally to discuss Kashmir since 1971.

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‘I like plastic’: Pakistan’s toxic ‘love affair’ with waste | AFP

From the once pristine rivers of Hindu Kush to the slums of Islamabad, Pakistan is being smothered by plastic due to a lack of public awareness, government inertia, and poor waste management.

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Pakistani army plane crashes into residential area | AFP

At least seventeen people were killed when a small army plane crashed into a residential area in the Pakistani city of Rawalpindi near the capital Islamabad.

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Smoky tea baked in clay: tandoori chai heats up Pakistan | AFP

Every evening in Islamabad a crowd arrives at Sanaullah’s street stall to taste his “tandoori chai” — milk tea served in terracotta mugs, still hot from his traditional oven.

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Kicking up dust: Pakistan’s traditional bull racing | AFP

Farmers in Pakistan grab the reins as they compete in a traditional bull race in Bilawal village, some 70 kilometers from Islamabad.

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Civilians killed as India & Pakistan exchange shelling on Kashmir border

Tension between India & Pakistan shows no sign of abating: overnight 3 civilians have been killed in cross border shelling. Pakistan says Indian troops targeted villagers along the Line of Control in Kashmir.

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Tourists stranded as Thai Airways cancels flights over Pakistan

Thousands of holidaymakers are stranded in Bangkok after Thai Airways cancelled all flights over Pakistan after Islamabad suddenly closed its airspace in response to soaring tensions with India. IMAGES of people at Suvarnabhumi airport