India Briefs Foreign Leaders About Scrapping Of Article 370

New Delhi: Soon after the Rajya Sabha passed the resolution to scrap Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir, giving it a status of Union Territory, senior officials from Ministry of External Affairs briefed the envoys of P5 countries including Russia, United Kingdom, USA, France and China on proposals related to Article 370 of the constitution and administrative reorganization of Jammu and Kashmir.

It was “highlighted that the proposals which are currently under consideration of the Parliament of India are internal to India. These are aimed at providing good governance, promoting social justice and ensuring economic development in Jammu and Kashmir”.

Pakistan PM also dials foreign leaders:

Pakistani leaders denounced India for scrapping special status for Jammu and Kashmir, while Prime Minister Imran Khan dialled foreign leaders such as Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammed and Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, during which he termed India’s move illegal and one that would destroy regional peace and security.

In Islamabad, there was some deployment of riot police outside the diplomatic enclave as a precautionary measure. All members of the Indian High Commission were reported to be safe. Rallies were held across the four provinces – Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, Sindh – and in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir – with slogans of ‘Kashmir banega Pakistan’.

Pakistan President Arif Alvi said India’s attempt to “change the statusa of Jammu and Kashmir is against the resolution of the UN Security Council and against the wishes of the people of Kashmir”.

The Foreign Office, in an official statement, while condemning and rejecting India’s announcement of abrogating Article 370 that granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir, said Islamabad will “exercise all possible oons to counter it”.