NEW DELHI: The Indian government on Monday announced to repeal the special status given to the occupied Kashmir under the constitution’s Article 370.
Article 370 gives Jammu and Kashmir a more autonomous status. On the basis of this article, the princely state of Kashmir had allegedly joined India. It allows the disputed state to have its own constitution, flag and liberty over different matters but foreign affairs, defence and communications. Under Article 370, citizens from other states cannot buy property in Jammu & Kashmir and the Centre has no power to declare a financial emergency in the state.
A ruckus erupted in the Indian parliament as soon as this announcement was made by Home Minister Amit Shah.
Former chief minister of Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti has declared it “the darkest day in Indian democracy”
“Decision of J&K leadership to reject 2 nation theory in 1947 & align with India has backfired. Unilateral decision of GOI to scrap Article 370 is illegal & unconstitutional which will make India an occupational force in J&K,” she tweeted.
She said it would have catastrophic consequences for the subcontinent. The Indian government’s intentions were clear. They wanted the territory of Jammu and Kashmir by terrorising its people, she said adding that India had failed Kashmir in keeping its promises.
The former CM of the state is also under house arrest like other Muslim leaders of the territory.
“People like us who placed faith in Parliament, the temple of democracy have been deceived. Those elements in J&K who rejected the 🇮🇳 constitution & sought resolution under the UN have been vindicated. This will exacerbate the alienation Kashmiris feel,” she tweeted.
She has point out towards India’s ill-intention of trying to change the demography of the Muslim majority region.
Educational institutes have been closed, public gatherings have been banned and internet and cellular services have been suspended in the occupied valley.
Recently, India had asked all the tourists and Hindu pilgrims to vacate the land right away amid deployment of around 40,000 additional military troops.