India told US about plans to scrap Article 370 in February & last week

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According to an article in ThePrint, an Indian news publication, the United States was informed by India in advance that it would scrap Article 370.

On Monday, India scrapped Article 370 that recognised the special constitutional status of Indian-occupied Kashmir.

The move raised a lot of hue and cry, with Pakistan rejecting the unilateral decision and urging the USA to mediate for a peaceful resolution and an end to the genocide in the disputed territory.

However, ThePrint claimed that Indian External Affairs Minister Jaishankar had already informed US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about the plan to scrap Article 370 and Article 35A.

The report further claims that previously, Indian National Security Advisor Ajit Doval had informed his American counterpart John Bolton that the Indian government planned tom take away the special status of occupied Kashmir. This, reportedly, took place two days after the Pulwama attack in February.

The report states that Jaishankar had met with Pompeo on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Bangkok on August 1. He had reportedly told the American diplomat that the US does not need to mediate in Kashmir and that any discussion on the issue would be with Pakistan unilaterally.

All necessary safeguards were taken by the Modi government and the US was informed about the move.

“Sources further said that the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Monday briefed envoys of the P-5 nations: The US, the UK, China, France and Russia. It has also briefed envoys of all 15 members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

“During its briefing to the envoys, the MEA said the proposals that are currently under consideration of the Parliament of India are internal to India,” reads the report.