Pakistan Reaction on India
Jammu: Ahead of Independence Day anniversary celebrations, the Army and BSF have been put on high alert to step up vigil along Indo-Pak border, officials said on Wednesday. pakistan reaction on india
In Jammu region, police has also been put on high degree of vigilance in most of the districts amid intensification of frisking and checking in Jammu city, they said.
This is the first Independence Day after the abrogation of the special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 and reorganization of the state into two Union Territories. “Army is on alert along LoC in view of the Independence day and increased movement across LoC”, a official said.
Similarly, the BSF is keeping close watch and tight vigilance along International Border (IB), mostly in sensitive areas, they said.
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Police in Jammu have sought cooperation from the general public for a secure and successful celebration of the Independence Day, urging them to immediately report any suspicious person or object.
Earlier this month, India cancelled part of its constitution that permitted self-rule in Jammu and Kashmir.
Pakistan and India dispute Jammu and Kashmir territory. A line of control separates the two sides with Pakistan on the west and India on the east.
India’s government deployed tens of thousands of additional troops to Kashmir after cancelling the area’s self-rule August 5. Millions of Kashmiris are living under emergency rule meant to suppress any violent reaction. India reportedly has eased restrictions in some areas. But, police have detained hundreds of Kashmiri political leaders.
Khan traveled to the Pakistani side of the disputed area Wednesday. In a statement he expressed support for the people there, “I assure my Kashmiri brothers that we stand with them.”
Pakistan expelled the Indian high commissioner to Pakistan and suspended trade and public transportation links following India’s decision.
On Tuesday, Pakistan asked the United Nations Security Council to meet over India’s actions in Kashmir. Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi blamed India for increasing tensions at the border.
He wrote in a letter to the Security Council, “India should not mistake our restraint for weakness.” He also said a meeting was needed urgently. He said if India used force in Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan would have to answer in self-defense.
Both Pakistan and India have nuclear weapons and the two sides have fought two wars over Kashmir.
‘Kashmir Solidarity Day’
Both India and Pakistan claim the entire region of Kashmir in full but rule it in part. The nuclear-armed neighbours have fought two of their three wars over the disputed Himalayan territory.
India’s crippling lockdown of the region was imposed to stave off a violent reaction to Kashmir’s downgraded status after New Delhi revoked Article 370 of the Indian constitution, which granted the Muslim-majority region considerable autonomy.
India’s revocation of special status for Jammu and Kashmir blocks the state’s right to frame its own laws and allows non-residents to buy property there.
India’s Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has also decided to divide the state into two “union territories” to be controlled by the federal government.
Restrictions on freedom of movement in the region will be eased after India’s independence day on Thursday, according to Jammu and Kashmir governor Satya Pal Malik.