- Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi told Pakistani news channels that "India is playing a very dangerous game which could have very bad effects on regional security."
- Apart from the government, opposition leaders have also condemned the Indian move.
- The issue of the abolition of Article 370 by the Indian Home Minister is also under discussion in India and most opposition parties are denouncing the Modi government's decision.
Pakistan has condemned the abolition of a special status constitutional clause in India-controlled Kashmir, and a joint parliament meeting on the matter was convened on Tuesday. In India, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government has announced that it is abolishing its special status and powers given to Kashmir in the Indian constitution.
A statement issued by Pakistan’s Foreign Office on the move said: “Pakistan rejects India’s declaration. Kashmir is an internationally disputed region (and) no one-sided move can change that status.” Pakistan says it will take all possible steps against this ‘illegal order’. A joint meeting of Pakistan’s parliament has also been scheduled on Tuesday to review the decision by India while the Corps Commanders Conference also will be held on Tuesday.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, who is in Saudi Arabia, told Pakistani news channels that “India is playing a very dangerous game which could have very bad effects on regional security.” According to Qureshi, “This announcement has made the situation in Kashmir more complicated which Pakistan and the United States were working together to resolve.”
It should be remembered that on the occasion of Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to the United States, US President Trump offered mediation on the Kashmir issue, which India rejected, saying it was a bilateral issue between Pakistan and India with no third party role.
The Pakistani Foreign Minister also said that ‘Pakistan stands with the Kashmiris on this occasion and cannot leave them alone in this difficult time. The entire Muslim community is in solidarity with the Kashmiris on this occasion.’
Apart from the government, opposition leaders have also condemned the Indian move. In the National Assembly, Leader of the Opposition Shahbaz Sharif has termed the Indian declaration unacceptable and said that the Modi government’s decision was a declaration against the United Nations. He said that Pakistan should immediately call for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council. Shahbaz Sharif further urged immediate contact and consultation with China, Russia, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and other friendly countries.
Maryam Nawaz, vice-president of the opposition Muslim League-Nawaz in Pakistan, said in her statement, “India has challenged the resolutions of the UN, the International Legal and Security Council by trying to change the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. Dealing with Ladakh’s separate status and Jammu and Kashmir with the Indian federation is a matter of open fraud, disobedience and the destruction of peace in South Asia and the world. May all civilized and law-abiding nations play the part in preventing this crazy thinking and save the peace of the world.”
Pakistan Peoples Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said that there is continuous persecution in India-administered Kashmir. In this regard, the Punjab Assembly also passed a resolution condemning the alleged use by Indian forces of cluster bombs in Kashmir. The resolution said that a broad diplomatic campaign should be launched to highlight the Kashmir situation.
The issue of the abolition of Article 370 by the Indian Home Minister is also under discussion in India and most opposition parties are denouncing the Modi government’s decision. India’s Opposition leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said that the Modi government had cut Jammu and Kashmir into pieces. He said: ‘People of secular ideology will always fight for Kashmiris.’
Congress leader and former Finance Minister Chidambaram said: ‘This is a dark day for the Constitution. Chidambaram said that Modi has not only eliminated 370 but also divided Jammu and Kashmir. Chidambaram said India’s concept has begun to collapse. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted and backed the government’s decision. Kejriwal tweeted: ‘We are with the government’s decision on Jammu and Kashmir. We hope this will pave the way for peace and development in the state.”
Renowned historian Ram Chandra Goha quoted the famous revolutionary leader of his time, Jay Prakash Narayan, on the decision of Kashmir, quoting what Narayan said about Kashmir in 1966: “If we continue to govern with the force and suppress these people by crushing or controlling them or otherwise by their state. If the ethnic or religious roles change, it would be the most politically hated thing to do.”