Kashmir under lockdown: All the latest updates

Pakistan’s statement comes after Indian foreign minister promises to retake Islamabad’s portion of Kashmir.

A presidential decree issued on August 5 revoked Article 370 of India’s constitution that guaranteed special rights to the Muslim-majority state, including the right to its own constitution and autonomy to make laws on all matters except defence, communications and foreign affairs.

In the lead-up to the move,  India sent thousands of additional troops to the disputed region, imposed a crippling curfew, shut down telecommunications and internet, and arrested political leaders.

The move has worsened the already-heightened tensions with neighbouring Pakistan, which downgraded its diplomatic relations with India.

India and Pakistan claim Kashmir in full but rule it in part. The nuclear-armed neighbours have fought two of their three wars over the disputed territory. A rebellion in Indian-administered Kashmir has been ongoing for 30 years.

Here are the latest updates:

Wednesday, September 18

Pakistan denies India’s request for access to airspace

The Pakistan government announced that it will not grant India’s request for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to use its airspace for his September 20 flight to Germany.

“Keeping in mind the situation in occupied Kashmir, India’s attitude, and the ongoing oppression, tyranny and the violations of rights in the region, we have decided not to grant this request,” Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said in a video statement.

Qureshi added that the High Commission of India had been notified of the decision.

Pakistan condemns India over ‘jingoistic rhetoric’

Pakistan fired back at New Delhi’s “jingoistic rhetoric” after India’s foreign minister promised to retake Islamabad’s portion of Kashmir.

“We strongly condemn and reject the inflammatory and irresponsible remarks made by the Indian external affairs minister,” Pakistan’s foreign ministry said.

“Such irresponsible and belligerent statements have the potential to further escalate tensions and seriously jeopardise peace and security in the region,” it added.

The statement came hours after Subrahmanyam Jaishankar told a news conference on Tuesday that Pakistani-controlled Kashmir is “part of India and we expect one day that we will have the… physical jurisdiction over it”.


Source :

Al Jazeera

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