Pakistan rejects India’s announcement on occupied Kashmir: FO

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan said on Monday that it strongly condemned and rejected the Indian announcements regarding occupied Kashmir.

According to a press release, the spokesperson of the foreign office stated that the Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir was an internationally recognise disputed territory.

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

The press release stated that since Pakistan was party to the dispute, it would exerise all legal options available with it.

“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 realization of their inalienable right to self-determination,” read the press release.

India’s government on Monday revoked the special status of Kashmir in a bid to fully integrate its only Muslim-majority region with the rest of the country, the most far-reaching move on the troubled Himalayan territory in nearly seven decades.

Interior Minister Amit Shah told parliament the federal government would scrap Article 370, a constitutional provision that grants special status for disputed Kashmir and allows the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir to make its own laws.

“The entire constitution will be applicable to Jammu and Kashmir state,” Shah said, ending the state’s rights to make its own laws. In a subsequent order, India’s president approved the government’s changes.

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