India on Monday canceled the particular status of Kashmir, the Himalayan region, which has been a hot spot for a long time in relations with adjacent Pakistan.
During the largest political movement in one of the most militarized regions of the world in about seven decades, India said it would repeal the constitutional provision allowing the state of Jammu and Kashmir to enact their own laws.
The government also lifted the prohibition on the purchase of real estate by those who are not residents, opening up the opportunity for Indians to invest and establish there as they manage in other places in India. This step may cause a negative reaction in the area.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on India and Pakistan, which wants Kashmir to act with constraint, too.
Pakistan sharply criticized this determination, which would inevitably lead to further aggravation of ties among nuclear-weapon opponents.
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said the step clearly violated UN Security Council (UNSC) perseverance in the area.
“As the party to this international dispute, Pakistan will exercise all possible options to counter the illegal steps,” its foreign ministry said in a statement.
India and Pakistan had several wars over Kashmir, where tens of thousands of people died as a result of an almost 30-year-old militarized uprising. Hundreds of thousands of Indian forces were deployed to suppress this.
Domestic television channels, citing the Press Trust of India, stated that former chief ministers of Kashmir Mehbub Mufti and Omar Abdullah were arrested in a state guest house.