Indo-Pakistani Tensions Increase Over New Delhi's Revocation of Kashmir's Special Status

Tensions between India and Pakistan have escalated significantly since New Delhi announced on 5 August its decision to scrap the special constitutional status it had granted to its portion of the disputed northern region of Jammu and Kashmir about 70 years earlier. In an attempt to reduce the growing hostilities between the nuclear-armed...

Tensions between India and Pakistan have escalated significantly since New Delhi announced on 5 August its decision to scrap the special constitutional status it had granted to its portion of the disputed northern region of Jammu and Kashmir about 70 years earlier.

Indian security personnel stand guard next to closed shops in Jammu on 7 August. New Delhi has deployed additional security forces to Jammu and Kashmir following its 5 August decision to revoke the state’s special constitutional status. (Rakesh Bakshi/AFP/Getty Images)
Indian security personnel stand guard next to closed shops in Jammu on 7 August. New Delhi has deployed additional security forces to Jammu and Kashmir following its 5 August decision to revoke the state's special constitutional status. (Rakesh Bakshi/AFP/Getty Images)

In an attempt to reduce the growing hostilities between the nuclear-armed neighbours, a spokesperson for India's Ministry of External Affairs urged Pakistan on 8 August to preserve the "normal channels" of diplomatic communication and review what he described as Islamabad's "regrettable" decision to downgrade diplomatic ties and suspend trade between the two countries.

A day earlier Pakistan had expelled India's High Commissioner to Islamabad, adding that its own envoy, who has yet to assume the position, would not move to India because of New Delhi's revocation of Article 370 in the Indian constitution.

Source: www.janes.com