Islamabad, August 5: Hours after Home Minister Amit Shah announced the Centre’s decision to scrap Article 370, which gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan “strongly condemned” the move and rejected the announcement.
Pakistan said that as a party to “this international dispute”, it will exercise “all possible options to counter the illegal steps.”
In a statement issued on Monday, Pakistan’s External Affairs Ministry said: “The Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir is an internationally recognized disputed territory. ”
It further added that no unilateral step by the Government of India can “change this disputed status, as enshrined in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions.”
“Nor will this ever be acceptable to the people of Jammu & Kashmir and Pakistan.”
Supporting what it referred to as “inalienable right to self-determination”, Pakistan reaffirmed “its abiding commitment to the Kashmir cause and its political, diplomatic and moral support to the people”. (Agencies)