New Delhi: India on Thursday countered Pakistan for lowering diplomatic ties over New Delhi’s move to remove Article 370 that gives Jammu and Kashmir its special status. India said that it was an internal matter intended to fast track development in J&K.
“The Constitution of India was, is and will always be a sovereign matter. Seeking to interfere in that jurisdiction by invoking an alarmist vision of the region will never succeed,” foreign ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in a statement.
New Delhi also asked Islamabad to review its decision so that normal channels for diplomatic communications are maintained.
Pakistan announced a slew of measures in the aftermath of abrogation of Article 370
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government, which had been under compulsion to react to India’s move on Kashmir, has announced a slew of measures including the expulsion of the Indian envoy, suspension of bilateral trade, and evaluation of bilateral arrangements.
New Delhi said the aim behind these measures is clearly to present an alarming picture to the world of our bilateral ties.
India emphasized that the recent decisions taken by the government were driven by a commitment to extending to J&K possibilities for development that were earlier denied by a temporary provision in the Constitution.
“It is not surprising that such developmental initiatives that could address any disaffection in Jammu and Kashmir should be negatively perceived in Pakistan, which has utilized such sentiments to justify its cross-border terrorism,” the foreign ministry said.