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India Arrests Kashmir Separatist Leader

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FILE - Kashmiri separatist leader Masarat Alam speaks on a phone at his home in Srinagar, India.

FILE - Kashmiri separatist leader Masarat Alam speaks on a phone at his home in Srinagar, India.

Police in Indian Kashmir say they have arrested an influential separatist leader for helping organize a march calling for Pakistani control of the Himalayan region.

Indian officials say Masarat Alam was arrested Friday at his home under the country's unlawful activities act, which prohibits any events that challenge the sovereignty of the Indian state.

Alam on Wednesday helped lead an anti-India protest during which demonstrators waved Pakistani flags and chanted pro-Pakistan slogans. The peaceful protest was widely condemned by Indian politicians.

Kashmir is divided between India and Pakistan, though both nations claim the region in its entirety.

The nuclear-armed neighbors have fought two wars over the region since gaining independence from Britain in 1947.

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