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World’s reaction over India’s decision on Kashmir

World’s reaction over India’s decision on Kashmir
Pic courtesy: India TV

India must comply with its constitution which guaranteed the country’s only Muslim-majority state autonomy in exchange for joining the Indian union after independence in 1947.

In the wake of India revoking the special status of Kashmir, the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged India and Pakistan to exercise restraint. According to Business Today, his spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters on Monday “We urge all parties to exercise restraint.” U.N. spokesman added that U.N. peacekeepers observed and reported an increase in military activity along the line of control.

After New Delhi revoked the special status granted to the Indian-administered portion of the disputed territory, the United States has called for “peace and stability” along the de facto border that separates India and Pakistan in Kashmir. As reported by Al-Jazeera, Morgan Ortagus, a spokeswoman for the US Department of State, said Washington was following events in Indian-administered Kashmir “closely”.

Islamabad has condemned New Delhi’s latest move. Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said it “was in clear violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions” in the region. Taking to Twitter to express her views, Pakistan’s Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari branded the step as an “illegal annexation”.

Calling on the Indian government to hold discussions with the local communities in Jammu and Kashmir, Germany said India must comply with its constitution which guaranteed the country’s only Muslim-majority state autonomy in exchange for joining the Indian union after independence in 1947. This was told by Maria Adebahr, a spokeswoman for the German foreign ministry at a news conference in Berlin.

Amnesty International, a global rights group, expressed fear that the move will increase human rights violations and inflame tensions. It said on Twitter: “the unilateral decision” made by India without consulting stakeholders “amidst a clampdown on civil liberties and communications blackout is likely to increase the risk of further human rights violations and inflame tensions”.

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