India reacts strongly to Pakistan's decision to downgrade bilateral ties

Federal Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari accuses India of committing a war crime

Federal Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari accuses India of committing a war crime

The Pakistan Army had also rejected Indian actions regarding Kashmir, saying: "Pakistan never recognised the sham Indian efforts to legalise its occupation of Jammu & Kashmir through article 370 or 35-A decades ago". Islamabad is keen to keep Kashmir as the core issue between India and Pakistan. Local news websites are frozen in time since late Sunday or Monday morning - right before the Indian government locked everything down.

- February 14, 2019: A auto bombing of a paramilitary convoy in Indian-controlled Kashmir kills 40 Indian soldiers.

(AP Photo/Dar Yasin). In this Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019 photo, a Kashmiri man carries his cycle and crosses a temporary check point, with a paramilitary soldier standing beside it during curfew in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 201.

Tensions between India and Pakistan have escalated significantly since New Delhi announced on 5 August its decision to scrap the special constitutional status it had granted to its portion of the disputed northern region of Jammu and Kashmir about 70 years earlier.

The Muslim-majority Kashmir region has always been a sensitive flashpoint between India and Pakistan, which have had conflicting claims to the region since independence from Britain in 1947.

Despite reiterating that the decision on Jammu and Kashmir is the internal matter of India, Pakistan has been interfering since the move on Jammu and Kashmir was taken by the Modi government. Whenever the security situation deteriorates, they return home. Trying to allay concerns the region would be governed from Delhi, he said elections to the state legislature would be held soon.

"What we are now witnessing in Indian-administered Kashmir takes what was already a bit of pattern to a whole new level", said a spokesperson for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Pakistan's National Security Committee chose to review bilateral arrangements with India and take the Jammu and Kashmir issue to the United Nations.

Kashmir's leaders have warned of a backlash and Pakistan, which also lays claims to the Himalayan territory, vowed to fight for the rights of people living there.

Modi's national security adviser Ajit Doval visited the region Wednesday to assess the law and order situation in the country's only Muslim-majority state where most people oppose Indian rule. Ideology of Indian Government is based on RSS, they want to target the Muslims and then cleanse the country from all Muslims, they have become insensitive to their own muslim nationals.

A petition challenging the lockdown was filed in India's top court.

To try and prevent unrest, the government also stopped the flow of information in Kashmir, shutting down the Internet, cutting off phones and cable TV.

Qureshi said Kashmiris like Mehbooba Mufti and Umer Abdullah are now saying that their elders might have made a mistake by staying with India.

The External Affairs Ministry said it was not surprising that Pakistan has negatively perceived India's decision to end Kashmir's special status as Islamabad "has used such sentiments to justify its cross-border terrorism"'.

That said, Pakistan could still stir up trouble for India.

Days after India stripped the occupied valley of its special status, Pakistan on Wednesday announced that it was expelling the Indian high commissioner and suspending bilateral trade with its nuclear-armed neighbour.

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