J&K, Ladakh to Become Separate Union Territories on 31 October
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President Ram Nath Kovind has given his assent to The Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019, officially making J&K and Ladakh Union Territories on Friday, 9 August.
Earlier in the day, the Ministry of External Affairs said that Pakistan's suspension of operation of the Samjhauta Express was "a unilateral decision", adding that it has been done without consulting India.
Meanwhile, after five days of a continued lockdown in the Valley post the Centre's decision to abrogate Article 370, DGP SP Vaid told AFP that the curfew will be eased for Friday prayers.
- Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh to come into existence as separate Union Territories on 31 October
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday, 8 August, said his government has taken a “historic” decision on Jammu and Kashmir by revoking Article 370
- All government employees in J&K were on Thursday asked to report back to their duties with immediate effect
- Over 500 J&K political workers and leaders have been detained since the Centre’s decision to abrogate Article 370
Rajya Sabha Passes Resolution Effectively Revoking Article 370
The government on Monday effectively revoked Article 370 which gave special status to the erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir and moved a separate bill to bifurcate the state into two separate union territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.
“A historical wrong has been undone today. Article 35A came through the back door without following the procedure under Article 368 of the Constitution of India. It had to go,” Home Minister Amit Shah said while moving the bill.
"The decision of the government will help the people of Jammu and Kashmir the most. More investment, more industry, more private educational institutions, more jobs and more revenue will come," he said, adding that Kashmir's regional leaders now feel they would not be able to whip up the fake issue of 'sentiment verses benefit'.
President Ram Nath Kovind in "concurrence" with the "Jammu and Kashmir government" promulgated Constitution (Application to Jammu and Kashmir) Order, 2019 which states that provisions of the Indian Constitution are applicable in the state.
Pakistan Rejects India's Move, Calls It "Illegal"
Pakistan on Monday condemned and rejected the India’s move to effectively revoking Article 370 of the Constitution and vowed to exercise "all possible options" to counter India's "illegal" and "unilateral" step.
Reacting sharply to the government's announcement, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan termed the move as "illegal" and said it will "further deteriorate" relations between the nuclear-capable neighbours.
Pakistan Foreign Office summoned Indian High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria and conveyed a "strong demarche on the announcements made and actions taken" by the Government of India over Jammu and Kashmir.
"The Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood conveyed Pakistan's unequivocal rejection of these illegal actions as they are in breach of international law and several UN Security Council resolutions," the FO said in a statement.
Article 370: US Urges All Stakeholders to Maintain Peace, Stability Along LoC
The US on Monday said it was "closely" observing the events in Jammu and Kashmir following the revocation of Article 370 of the Constitution by the Indian government and urged all stakeholders to maintain peace and stability along the Line of Control (LoC).
Without naming Pakistan, State Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus told PTI, "We call on all parties to maintain peace and stability along the Line of Control." Pakistan has condemned and rejected the Indian government's move and vowed to exercise "all possible options" to counter, which it called, India's "illegal" and "unilateral" step.
Turkey Expresses Concerns Over India's Decision
Turkey expressed concern Monday that India's decision revoke Article 370, stating that it is likely to increase the prevailing tensions.
The Turkish Foreign Ministry, in a written statement, appealed that the problem be resolved within the framework of the relevant UN resolutions, through dialogue and by considering the legitimate interests of all Jammu and Kashmir people, Pakistan and India.
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