It has been reported that the Indian Prime-Minister, Narendra Modi has proposed to revoke Article 370 of India’s constitution which has been a long-standing right since the time of Independence.
What is Article 370?
“The law dates to 1927, when an order by the administration of the-then princely state of Jammu and Kashmir gave the state’s subjects exclusive hereditary rights.”
The Indian Government is claiming that the rights were temporary and that the government can rightfully abolish them. Al Jazeera says that this decree has to be “the most far-reaching political move on the disputed region in nearly seven decades.”
To make matters worse, the Indian government has placed the former chief ministers of Indian-Occupied Kashmir, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, under house arrest on Sunday night. The region is under strict curfew and the government has also imposed restrictions on television services, internet and even phone networks.
To maintain law and order or any counter-attacks, additional 35,000 Indian army troops have been deployed in IoK who are seizing control colleges and schools; even public gatherings have been banned.
#standwithKashmir is the number 1 trend on Twitter right now and Pakistanis are using social media platforms to raise their voice against Modi and his unjust actions.
People are changing their displays to #red to show solidarity with Kashmir.
— Mhd Ashraf (@MhdAshraf14) August 5, 2019
Pakistan’s prime-minister Imran Khan also criticised Indian forces’ use of aggression and advocated for Kashmir’s rights to exercise their freedom.
President Trump offered to mediate on Kashmir. This is the time to do so as situation deteriorates there and along the LOC with new aggressive actions being taken by Indian occupation forces. This has the potential to blow up into a regional crisis.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) August 4, 2019
The current situation in Kashmir is extremely sensitive right now which also significantly affects the political relations between Pakistan and India. The global community online, specially Pakistanis are using social media platforms to attract more attention towards the Kashmir issue which might help in diffusing the tensions to a certain extent.
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