Indian-Pakistani Tensions Continue Over Revocation of Kashmir’s Special Status

  • The Pakistani prime minister said he wants to inform the world about the Indian government's decision last Monday.
  • China as an India neighbor has also opposed the move, calling it "unacceptable."
  • According to Article 4 of the Constitution of India, Jammu and Kashmir have been given special powers to administer their internal affairs over other Indian states.

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has vowed, at the United Nations Security Council, to oppose India’s decision to abolish the special status of Kashmir under Indian control. Mr. Khan said the move contravened international law, adding that he was concerned about ethnic cleansing in India.

Imran Khan (born 5 October 1952) is the 22nd and current Prime Minister of Pakistan and the chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). Before entering politics, Khan was an international cricketer and captain of Pakistan national cricket team, leading the team to the victory in 1992 Cricket World Cup.

India announced the decision on Monday. Both India and Pakistan claim sovereignty over the entire Kashmir region of the Himalayas, but each controls only part of it. In the Indian-controlled region the separatist insurgency has long been widespread, killing thousands over the past three decades. India accuses Pakistan of supporting the insurgency –  Pakistan denies this, saying it is providing spiritual and diplomatic assistance to Kashmiris seeking their own fate.

The Pakistani prime minister said he wants to inform the world about the Indian government’s decision last Monday. “Through the UN Security Council, we are now studying it, and we are going to discuss it at the General Assembly, and we will talk to the heads of state at every forum…we will raise the issue in the media The world will say.”

Mr. Khan said the abolition of the special position would allow India to change the demographic structure of the predominantly Muslim region. He said, “I am concerned that India will now wipe out [using] ethnic cleansing in Kashmir. They will try to expel the natives and replace the others and make them the majority so that the natives are nothing but slaves.” Earlier, the head of the powerful Pakistani army said his troops were standing with them in a “battle” with the Kashmiris.

Narendra Modi (born 17 September 1950) is an Indian politician serving as the 14th and current Prime Minister of India since 2014. Modi is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a Hindu nationalist volunteer organisation. He is the first prime minister outside of the Indian National Congress to win two consecutive terms with a full majority, and the second one to complete five years in office after Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

China as an Indian neighbor has also opposed the move, calling it “unacceptable.” In India-controlled Kashmir, there is a media and telecommunications shutdown as the Indian government is concerned that its decision to abolish the region’s autonomy will lead to widespread protests.

There have been reports of protests and throwing stones and local leaders have been arrested. Kashmiris in other parts of the country said they were unable to contact their families there. Tens of thousands of additional troops were stationed there before the Indian government announced the decision and more troops have since been deployed.

According to Article 4 of the Constitution of India, Jammu and Kashmir have been given special powers to administer their internal affairs over other Indian states. The sensitivity here is that Kashmir was based on the same special privileges that were attached to Indian soil.

Under Article 6 of the Constitution of India, Kashmir under Indian control may have its own constitution and flag as well as independent domestic powers other than international and defense and communications matters.

Jammu and Kashmir had previously enacted laws on permanent residence, private property and basic rights, and also prevented Indians from buying or residing outside the state. With the action taken yesterday by the government, these restrictions are no longer in effect.

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Joyce Davis

My history goes back to 2002 and I  worked as a reporter, interviewer, news editor, copy editor, managing editor, newsletter founder, almanac profiler, and news radio broadcaster.

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