Hitting back at terrified Pakistan on J&K, India says ‘presenting an alarming vision of the region will not succeed’

Hitting back strongly on Pakistan’s unilateral decision to downgrade bilateral ties, India issuing a statement on Thursday said that the intention of Pakistan is to present an alarming picture to the world. India also reacted strongly to Pakistan’s move to expel its envoy after the abrogation of Article 370, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, saying it was entirely an internal matter and the Constitution of “India was, is and will always be a sovereign matter”.

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The statement by India also called out the terrorism spread by Pakistan by saying that the scrapping of Article 370 is negatively perceived in Pakistan as the country had utilized such sentiments to justify its cross-border terrorism.

The Ministry of External Affairs statement read as, “We have seen reports that Pakistan has decided to take certain unilateral actions in respect to its bilateral relations with India. This includes the downgrading of our diplomatic relations. The intention behind these measures is obviously to present an alarming picture to the world of our bilateral ties. The reasons cited by Pakistan are not supported by facts on the ground.

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It added that the recent decisions by the Government and Parliament of India are driven by a commitment to extend to Jammu and Kashmir opportunities for development that were earlier denied by a temporary provision in the Constitution. Its impact would also result in the removal of gender and socio-economic discrimination. It is also expected to result in an upswing of economic activity and improvement in the livelihood prospects of all people of Jammu and Kashmir.

It is not surprising that such developmental initiatives that could address any disaffection in Jammu and Kashmir should be negatively perceived in Pakistan, which has utilized such sentiments to justify its cross-border terrorism. The recent developments pertaining to Article 370 are entirely the internal affair of India. The Constitution of India was, is and will always be a sovereign matter. Seeking to interfere in that jurisdiction by invoking an alarmist vision of the region will never succeed.

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The Government of India regrets the steps announced by Pakistan yesterday and would urge that country to review them so that normal channels for diplomatic communications are preserved.”

India’s decision to repeal Article 370 has been accepted by all prevailing normalcy in the valley. Unable to digest the fact that India has finally revoked the Article 370, a baffled and panicky Pakistan expelled Indian envoy Ajay Bisaria from the country. Moreover like a cry-baby that Pakistan is it has also decided to not send its High Commissioner-designate who was supposed to take charge in August.


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