ISLAMABAD (9 News) – Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday phoned Malaysian counterpart Mahathir Mohamad and discussed the situation arising after revoking of Article 370 and 35A by the Indian government.
The prime minister said that the Indian move will deteriorate situation between two nuclear neighbours. “The scrapping of special status for Occupied Kashmir is the violation of the international laws. The Indian move will disrupt peace in the region,” he said.
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said that his country is having eye on the situation of Occupied Kashmir. “I am looking forward to have a meeting with Prime Minister Imran Khan during the upcoming UNGA session,” he said.
In the most far-reaching political move in one of the world’s most militarised regions in nearly seven decades, India said it would scrap a constitutional provision that allows its state of Jammu and Kashmir to make its own laws.
“The entire constitution will be applicable to Jammu and Kashmir,” Interior Minister Amit Shah told parliament, as opposition lawmakers voiced loud protests against the repeal.
The government also lifted a ban on property purchases by non-residents, opening the way for Indians to invest and settle there, just as they can elsewhere in India, although the measure is likely to provoke a backlash in the region.
Pakistan, which also claims Kashmir, said it strongly condemned the decision, which is bound to further strain ties between the nuclear-armed rivals.
“As the party to this international dispute, Pakistan will exercise all possible options to counter the illegal steps,” the Pakistan Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
India and Pakistan have fought two of their three wars over Kashmir, convulsed by a nearly 30-year armed revolt in which tens of thousands of people have died, with hundreds of thousands of Indian troops deployed to quell it.
“Today marks the darkest day in Indian democracy,” said one of the leaders placed under house arrest, Mehbooba Mufti, a former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir. “It will have catastrophic consequences for the subcontinent,” she said in a post on Twitter.