China, Pakistan slam India's move to change Kashmir's special status

  • 07/08/2019
China, Pakistan slam India's move to change Kashmir's special status

On Tuesday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intention to modify Kashmir’s status came up against fierce opposition from China and its associate Pakistan, as the problematic region was cut off by telecommunications to prevent protests during the second day.

In an effort to stiffen control over Jammu and Kashmir, claimed by Pakistan and China, India repealed its constitutional provision, which permitted a single state with a Muslim majority to enact its own laws.

The modifications introduced by the Hindu nationalist authorities of Modi are the most radical approximately in 30 years when India struggled with the Kashmir uprising. The government also split the state into two federally controlled territories.

According to China, it opposed India’s decision to abolish Kashmir’s special status and that Delhi should exercise caution in border issues.

 “India’s action is unacceptable and would not have any legal effect,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chuning said in a statement, making an immediate rebuke from Delhi that Kashmir was an internal affair.

The Himalayan region is divided between India, which controls the densely populated Kashmir Valley, and the area dominated by Hindus, around the city of Jammu, Pakistan, which controls the territory’s wedge in the west, and China, which has a sparsely populated alpine region in the north.

China called on India to precisely abide by the agreements reached by both countries to escape from any actions that would further complicate border issues, Hua said. India and China have a longstanding debate about the border, involving in Ladakh, an alpine region.

The representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of India, Ravish Kumar, said that the separation of Jammu and Kashmir into federal territories is an internal problem.

“India does not comment on the internal affairs of other countries and similarly expects other countries to do likewise.”

Thousands of paramilitaries were deployed in Kashmir, and telephone and Internet services were suspended, sparking criticism that the government is trying to suppress dissent.

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