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India responds to Pakistan downgrading diplomatic ties with India, says decision on Article 370 entirely internal matter of India

The recent developments pertaining to Article 370 are entirely the internal affair of India. The Constitution of India was, is and will always be a sovereign matter.

A day after Pakistan downgraded diplomatic relations with India along with suspending trade relations, External Affairs Ministry of India has released a statement saying the government of India regrets the unilateral steps taken by Pakistan.

India says that the intention behind the steps taken by Pakistan is to present an alarming picture of India-Pakistan ties to the world, but the reasons cited by Pakistan are not supported by facts. The statement says the recent decisions of the Indian government and parliament are aimed at extending development opportunities to Jammu and Kashmir, which were earlier denied due to a temporary provision in the Indian Constitution. Removal of those provisions will also result in the elimination of gender and socio-economic discrimination in the state.

India has reiterated that the decisions regarding Article 370 are entirely internal matters of India, and the constitution of India is a sovereign matter of the nation. Seeking to interfere in that jurisdiction by invoking an alarmist vision of the region will never succeed, the statement says.

The MEA has said that government of India regrets the decisions of Pakistan, and urges the country to review them so normal diplomatic ties are maintained.

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The full statement issued by MEA is given below:

On Pakistan’s Unilateral Decision in respect of Bilateral Relations with India

August 08, 2019

1. We have seen reports that Pakistan has decided to take certain unilateral actions in respect to its bilateral relations with India. This includes the downgrading of our diplomatic relations. The intention behind these measures is obviously to present an alarming picture to the world of our bilateral ties. The reasons cited by Pakistan are not supported by facts on the ground.
2. Recent decisions by the Government and Parliament of India are driven by a commitment to extend to Jammu and Kashmir opportunities for development that were earlier denied by a temporary provision in the Constitution. Its impact would also result in the removal of gender and socio-economic discrimination. It is also expected to result in an upswing of economic activity and improvement in the livelihood prospects of all people of Jammu and Kashmir.
3. It is not surprising that such developmental initiatives that could address any disaffection in Jammu and Kashmir should be negatively perceived in Pakistan, which has utilized such sentiments to justify its cross-border terrorism.
4. The recent developments pertaining to Article 370 are entirely the internal affair of India. The Constitution of India was, is and will always be a sovereign matter. Seeking to interfere in that jurisdiction by invoking an alarmist vision of the region will never succeed.
5. The Government of India regrets the steps announced by Pakistan yesterday and would urge that country to review them so that normal channels for diplomatic communications are preserved.

New Delhi
August 08, 2019

 

 

On August 7, Pakistan had announced several reactionary steps after Article 370 was abrogated by India. After a meeting of National Security Council Headed by prime minister Imran Khan, Pakistan had decided to downgrade diplomatic relations, suspension of bilateral trade, review of bilateral arrangements, taking the matter to UN including the security council. They have also decided to observe 14th August in solidarity with Kashmiris, and 15th August as black day.

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