Ratcheting up the tension following the revoking of Article 370 and 35A in Jammu and Kashmir, the Pakistan Army has struck a hawkish note. In a statement released on Tuesday, the Pakistan Army said that it will stand by Kashmiris in their ‘struggle’. “Pakistan Army firmly stands by Kashmiris in their just struggle to the very end. We are prepared and shall go to any extent to fulfil our obligations in this regard,” the statement read.
CCC on Kashmir situation at GHQ. Forum fully supported Government’s rejection of Indian actions regarding Kashmir. Pakistan never recognised the sham Indian efforts to legalise its occupation of Jammu & Kashmir through article 370 or 35-A decades ago; ...(1of2). pic.twitter.com/MlwNJTSDGa— DG ISPR (@OfficialDGISPR) August 6, 2019
In a series of tweets, the Director General of Inter-Services Public Relations said, “CCC on Kashmir situation at GHQ. Forum fully supported Government’s rejection of Indian actions regarding Kashmir. Pakistan never recognised the sham Indian efforts to legalise its occupation of Jammu & Kashmir through article 370 or 35-A decades ago.”
“....efforts which have now been revoked by India itself. “Pakistan Army firmly stands by the Kashmiris in their just struggle to the very end. We are prepared and shall go to any extent to fulfil our obligations in this regard”, COAS affirmed,” another tweet said. According to Pakistani’s major daily Dawn, the Pakistan Army’s meeting was held at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi.
On Monday, reacting to India’s decision to revoke Article 370 and 35A in Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan had said that ‘it will exercise all possible options to counter the illegal steps.’ “As the party to this international dispute, Pakistan will exercise all possible options to counter the illegal steps. Pakistan reaffirms its abiding commitment to the Kashmir cause,” read a statement issued by Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi had said that the move has resurrected Kashmir problem.
"The move to abolish Article 35A has left India's so-called democratic face open to the world. The Kashmir leadership does not agree with India's decision. India has resurrected the Kashmir problem with its decison," Mehmood Qureshi said.
Yesterday, the government revoked Article 370 which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir and proposed that the state be bifurcated into two union territories, Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. Meeting a long-held promise of the BJP, Union Home Minister Amit Shah moved a resolution in the Rajya Sabha that Article 370, which allowed Jammu and Kashmir to have its own Constitution, will no longer be applicable.
"The president on the recommendation of Parliament is pleased to declare as from 5th of August 2019, all clauses of the said Article 370 shall cease to be operative... ," stated the resolution moved by the Home minister.
Shah also moved a bill proposing bifurcation of the state of Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories -- Jammu and Kashmir division and Ladakh.
Shah, who introduced the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation bill, said the union territory in Ladakh will have no legislature like Chandigarh. The other union territory of Jammu and Kashmir will have a legislature like Delhi and Puducherry.
The government's move on Article 370, said senior party leader Arun Jaitley, is a monumental decision towards national integration.
His party colleague Ram Madhav also hailed the decision.