A Kashmiri activist has criticized the New Delhi government’s recent decision to strip the disputed Kashmir region of its special constitutional status, saying it seems like the restive Muslim-majority Himalayan region has been taken over by the Indian army in a “military coup,” Press TV reports.
Officials in the disputed Indian-controlled Kashmir region have started restoring landline phone lines since imposing a brutal curfew and news blackout on the majority-Muslim territory in early August.
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan has warned India that Pakistan is prepared to respond to any aggression in the disputed region of Kashmir as tensions skyrocketed between the nuclear-armed rivals in the wake of New Delhi’s revocation of the autonomy of the Muslim-majority Himalayan region.
India’s revocation of Kashmir’s special status has attracted widespread international concern. Fears are centred on greater repression in Kashmir following the revocation of Article 370, which guaranteed the disputed region’s “special status” in India.
Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri has expressed concern over tensions in the Indian-controlled Kashmir, warning that military approaches will further escalate the situation in the Himalayan district.
Pakistan’s army chief says the country’s military will “go to any extent” to support people in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, after New Delhi’s decision to strip the restive Muslim-majority region of its autonomous status.