In a major development, Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs cited Congress' stand over the abrogation of Article 370. This comes hours after Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said that people in Kashmir can be bought to speak whatever one want. Pakistan cited Congress leader's statement about UN in Indian parliament.
Pakistan Foreign minister Dr Mohammad Faisal said on Thursday: "Absolutely it will be challenged at international forum. UNSC has said, ICJ has condemned, it has been challenged in Indian Supreme Court, Indian opposition has raised voice that what you have done, Congress has opposed it."
As Union Home Minister Amit Shah moved the resolution to revoke Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, Congress opposed it asking how is the Kashmir issue an internal issue of India. Speaking in the lower house of the Parliament, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, the speaker of the Opposition said that it is being monitored by the United Nations.
The leader of Opposition was interrupted when he claimed that the Centre has broken laws and has proposed to change a state into Union territory in one night. Interrupting at this moment the Home Minister said that Congress must specify which law has been broken. "Don't talk in general terms here. If you are saying then specify which rule have been broken."
Chowdhury then went on to ask is Kashmir an internal issue. "You say Kashmir is an internal matter but United nations is monitoring there since 1948. So how is it an internal matter. There was Simla Pact and then there was Lahore declaration, then how is it internal matter. Jaishankar said to Pompeo that it is bilateral issue, how is it an internal issue." Home Minister Shah snubbed the Congress party asking them if they can declare that this is Congress party's stand. "Let them specify that Congress party says that Kashmir can be monitored by United Nations."
The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to accord urgent hearing to a plea by Congress' Tehseen Poonawalla challenging the Presidential Order on Article 370 which revoked Jammu and Kashmir's special status. The matter was mentioned for urgent listing before a bench headed by Justice N V Ramana and the court said that the plea would be heard in the due course.
Advocate M L Sharma, who has filed the petition, urged the bench that his plea be listed for hearing either on August 12 or 13. The bench asked Sharma as to whether he has cured the defects in his petition. Responding to the query, Sharma said that he has cured the objections and his petition has been numbered by the registry. While requesting the court to list the matter for hearing, the petitioner said that the Pakistan government and some Kashmiri people have said that they will move the United Nations against the Presidential order on Article 370.
After normalcy has been restored in Kashmir, a panicky and isolated Pakistan has expelled Indian envoy Ajay Bisaria from the country. As per sources, Pakistan has also decided to not send its High Commissioner-designate who was supposed to take charge in August. In a series of other moves by the neighbouring country, it has decided to downgrade ties with India. It has also decided to suspend bilateral trade with India and review all bilateral arrangements with India. Pakistan has also said that it will take India's internal matter of Kashmir to United Nations, including the Security Council. It has also decided to observe 14 August, its Independence Day in solidarity with 'Kashmiris'. and declared August 15, India's Independence as 'Black Day'. It has on Thursday decided to stop Samjhauta Express - a train service between India's Attari and Pakistan's Lahore.
NSA (National Security Advisor) Ajit Doval went to a two-day review visit to the Jammu and Kashmir amid the security conditions in the region. In multiple exclusive videos from his visit to the Shopian region, the NSA is seen having lunch with the local citizens of the region. He can be seen interacting with the locals, taking a review of their day-to-day activities and assuring them that the situation is normal in the sector. In the 8 videos from Kashmir, NSA Ajit Doval is seen interacting with the local citizens of Shopian region of J&K, and eating food with them in broad daylight on the streets.
The Narendra Modi government on August 5 revoked Article 370 which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Both the upper house and the lower house of the Parliament approved the resolution abrogating Article 370 for J&K and a bill to bifurcate the state into two union territories, Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, with Home Minister Amit Shah saying the controversial provisions were responsible for poverty and lack of development in the state. Ministry of External Affairs also briefed the envoys of the P5 nations -- the US, the UK, China, France and Russia -- about Indian government's decision to scrap Article 370 and bifurcate the state into two union territories.