Pakistan condemns revoking of Article 370, calls it illegal

Nation Next Newsroom | Aug 5, 2019 17:12

Pakistan Flag - Picture for representational purpose (Wikimedia Commons)
Picture for representational purpose (Wikimedia Commons)

Pakistan on Monday condemned the resolution moved by Indian Government in Rajya Sabha to revoke article 370, which grants a special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad has said in an official statement that it will exercise all possible options to counter the ‘illegal steps.’

The statement read, “No unilateral step by the Government of India can change this disputed status, as enshrine in the United Nations Security Council resolutions. Nor will this ever be acceptable to the people of Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan.As the party to this international dispute, Pakistan will exercise all possible options to counter the illegal steps.” The statement further reiterated that Jammu and Kashmir is an ‘internationally recognised disputed territory.’

The statement also said that, “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.”

Dr Arif Alvi, the President of Pakistan, also condemned the revoking of article 370 saying that Pakistan ‘stands with’ Kashmiri people ‘in their hour of need.’