Pakistan gave a warning ahead of PM Modi’s Kashmir Visit and urged the Centre to ‘refrain from taking further illegal steps’. Pakistan’s warning came on Saturday ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the disputed land of Kashmir. In its stern statement, Pakistan said that it will oppose any further moves by India that may divide Kashmir or change its demography.

Background

PM Modi will be chairing a high-level meeting on June 24 and invitations for the same have been sent to several high-profile political leaders from Kashmir. As many as 14 political leaders will be joining PM Modi in the scheduled meeting. This includes the previous four chief ministers from Kashmir. Pakistan’s strong worded warning came after the development was reported.


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Details

Ahead of PM Modi’s meeting with J&K leaders, Pakistan issued a warning in which it said that it will continue to oppose any ‘illegal’ steps taken by India that may ‘divide’ or change Kashmir’s demography. The official statement came by the Pakistani Foreign Minister, Shah Mahmood Qureshi.

In his statement Qureshi said that India should refrain from taking “further illegal steps” in Kashmir after the actions taken on August 5, 2019.


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What happened on August 5, 2019?

It should be noted that, the Pakistani foreign minister was referring to India’s scrapping of Article 370 of the Indian constitution which was done on August 5, 2019. The Article 370 allowed J&K autonomy in which it could have its own constitution, its own flag, its own foreign affairs and freedom to make and amend its own laws. The Centre’s rationale to this move was that it will bring development to the region as Indian laws will be appropriately applicable to the Kashmiris and people from other states will be able to buy and manage properties there.


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14 J&K Leaders – including former CMs – invited by Modi

Earlier, invites were sent by the Indian government for the upcoming high-level meeting. Invites were sent to as many as 14 J&K political leaders including – Farooq Abdulla, Omar Abdullah, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Mehbooba Mufti – the four former CMs of the disputed u/t.

After the developments emerged, Pakistan stayed on its position and opposed the Indian government’s political ambitions. Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said how his country opposes India’s actions of August 5. Qureshi has been outspoken on his views regarding the same and has also taken to the UNSC (United Nations Security Council) to speak about the same.


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“Kashmir issue will be resolved in accordance to UNSC rules”: Pakistan

In Qureshi’s view, true resolution of Kashmir issue will be in accordance to the United Nations Security Council rules and wishes of Kashmiri citizens. According to reports, Qureshi has even given notice to UN secretary-general over India’s possible moves regarding the Kashmir issue and claimed that Pakistan will not allow any Indian move which may lead to division and bifurcation of J&K or changing of the u/t’s demography.

India’s relations with Pakistan after Section 370 was scrapped

Since the abolishment of the Section 370 of the Indian constitution, India’s relations with its already difficult neighbor Pakistan have been turbulent. Earlier this year in April, Pakistan pressed India by announcing it will not resume importing sugar and cotton from India. Pakistan’s Science & Tech minister Fawad Chaudhry was quoted saying-

“We want to cooperate with India but the first condition is that it should go back to pre-5 August, 2019 position in Kashmir.”

Meanwhile, the Indian government have categorically claimed that the scrapping of Section 370 is an internal affair, one which Pakistan should not intervene. Meanwhile, on international forums, such as that of United Nations, India has maintained its position of being able to handle the Kashmir issue on its own.

Further, India also vexed Pakistan after highlighting that true peace will be achieved once Islamabad makes effort to curb the growing terrorism.