The abrogation of provisions of Article 370 that granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir and the bifurcation of the state into Union Territories has caused quite an upheaval. Even though the move was motivated by domestic politics, its implications will be felt beyond India.
Next-door neighbour Pakistan, which shares the border with J&K, has condemned the decision with Prime Minister Imran Khan calling it an attempt to “change the demography of Kashmir through ethnic cleansing”.
Pakistan has retaliated by “downgrading diplomatic ties” and suspending bilateral trade. The decision was made by Pakistan’s National Security Committee, which is chaired by Khan. Besides, the Indian High Commissioner was sent back with Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi saying, “Our ambassadors will no longer be in New Delhi and their counterparts here will also be sent back.” Read More