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Jammu and Kashmir reorganisation: Pakistan slams ‘recipe for disaster’

Pakistan PM Imran Khan termed India’s move as 'illegal' and said it would 'further deteriorate' bilateral relations

By Nasir Jaffry in Islamabad
  • Published 6.08.19, 1:39 AM
  • Updated 6.08.19, 1:39 AM
  • 2 mins read
Pakistanis protest against India and express support and solidarity with Indian Kashmiri people in their peaceful struggle for their right to self-determination, in Lahore, Pakistan, Monday, August 5, 2019 (AP)

Pakistan’s government and public on Monday condemned the Indian government’s “unilateral” and “illegal” decision to scrap Jammu and Kashmir’s special status, calling it a “recipe for disaster” for the region.

A PTI report quoting Pakistan’s Geo TV said President Arif Alvi had summoned a joint session of the country’s parliament at 11am on Tuesday for a review of the tense situation in Kashmir and along the Line of Control.

A senior security official said the Pakistani military was monitoring the situation and that “we will again spring a surprise if India dares indulge in any misadventure”.

“The army’s corps commanders will be meeting in Rawalpindi tomorrow to discuss the situation in detail and exchange notes on the operational preparedness of our troops,” he told The Telegraph.

“Pakistan strongly condemns and rejects the announcement made today by the Indian government regarding the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, an internationally recognised disputed territory,” foreign ministry spokesperson Muhammad Faisal said in a statement.

“No unilateral step by the Government of India can change the disputed status of Kashmir, as enshrined in the United Nations Security Council resolutions, nor will this ever be acceptable to the people of Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan.”

Faisal added: “As (a) party to this international dispute, Pakistan will exercise all possible options to counter the illegal steps.”

Prime Minister Imran Khan termed India’s move to revoke Jammu and Kashmir’s special status as “illegal” and said it would “further deteriorate” bilateral relations, PTI reported.

Imran made the remarks while speaking separately with his Malaysian counterpart Mahathir Mohamad and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the situation in Kashmir, official statements said.

“India’s move will further deteriorate relations between nuclear-capable neighbours,” a foreign office statement quoted him as telling Mahathir.

At talk shows held by Pakistani TV channels, the majority of analysts accused India of playing a dangerous game that would heighten tensions in the region and hobble the back-channel diplomatic efforts aimed at bringing the neighbours to the negotiating table.

Mishal Malik, wife of the incarcerated Kashmiri leader Yasin Malik, appeared on all TV channels to accuse India’s government of depriving the Kashmiri people of their fundamental rights.

“India is playing with fire and this decision will prove to be a recipe for disaster for both countries,” foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said.

“Pakistan reaffirms its abiding commitment to the Kashmir cause and its political, diplomatic and moral support to the people of occupied Jammu and Kashmir for the realisation of their inalienable right to self-determination.”

Firdous Aashiq Awan, Imran’s adviser on information, called the Indian decision “a waste paper” and said: “The people of Pakistan and Kashmir reject this stupid move.”

The parliamentary leader of the Pakistan People’s Party, Sherry Rehman, tweeted: “India has put Kashmir under curfew and house arrest. A communications blackout muzzles phone, Internet, cable TV.… Over 800,000 troops are locking down an oppressed people while BJP’s Delhi changes their fate. Where is the international community?”

The military spokesperson, Major General Asif Ghafoor, tweeted: “Kashmir runs in blood of every Pakistani. Indigenous freedom struggle of Kashmiris shall succeed, Insha Allah.”