Indian parmilitary troopers stand guard in Srinagar on May 18, 2018. Security forces in Jammu and Kashmir were put on high alert May 18 ahead of a visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the state on Saturday May 19. / AFP / TAUSEEF MUSTAFA
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Separatist leaders called for a shutdown in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Saturday as the Indian prime minister began his daylong visit to review development work and inaugurate road projects, officials said.Modi was later scheduled to inaugurate a controversial hydroelectric power project in the Gurez Valley along the highly militarized Line of Control that divides Kashmir between nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan.India and Pakistan each administer part of Kashmir, but both claim it in its entirety. Rebels have been fighting Indian rule since 1989, demanding Indian-controlled Kashmir be united either under Pakistani rule or as an independent country.
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