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J&K's Article 370 To Go, Baffled Pakistan Calls 3 Key Meetings After Panicky Statement

Written By Navashree Nandini | Mumbai | Published:


  • Home Minister Amit Shah proposes revocation of Article 370 that grants Jammu and Kashmir a special status
  • Pakistan is baffled after India's move to scrap Article 35 A
  • It has called three key meetings on Tuesday

As Home Minister Amit Shah proposed revocation of Artcile 370 that exempts Jammu and Kashmir from following Indian Constitution, baffled Pakistan called for crucial meetings. Earlier, interfering in India's domestic decision, Islamabad "rejected" the announcement to scrap the special provision for Jammu and Kashmir. In a statement, Pakistan's Foreign Ministry said that Jammu and Kashmir is an "internationally recognised disputed territory."  Further added, "As the party to this international dispute, Pakistan will exercise all possible options to counter the illegal steps. Pakistan reaffirms its abiding commitment to the Kashmir cause." Now a number of crucial meetings has been called. 

Here are the details of all the meeting:

  • First meeting: Pakistan's president Arif Alvi summoned joint session of Parliament on Tuesday. The joint sitting, to be held at 11 am (local time) on Tuesday. It is said that the session will review the tense situation in Jammu and Kashmir and along the Line of Control. It will also suggest the government a plan of action to deal with the fallout of India's decision.
  • Second meeting: Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa will hold a meeting of the Corps Commanders and discuss the security situation even as India exposed the attempts of Pakistan to attack Kashmir.  In a joint press brief,Chinar Corps Commander Lt General KJS Dhillon and J&K DGP Dilbag Singh in Srinagar on Friday revealed that they had intelligence inputs that there were attempts of attacks on Amarnath Yatra by Pakistan and that they had recovered IEDs and US made Sniper rifle in the route of the Amarnath Yatra. Indian government has deployed 38,000 paramilitary troops in the Kashmir valley. 
  • Third meeting:  The Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir would meet in Islamabad to discuss the latest situation. 

What is Article 35 A?

Incorporated in the Indian Constitution by a 1954 Presidential order, Article 35 A defines the permanent residents of the state of Jammu and Kashmir by giving special rights and privileges to the state subjects. It stems from Article 370 that gives autonomous right to Jammu and Kashmir. 

The article is also referred to as Permanent Residents Law and bars woman belonging to the state from any property rights if she marries a person from outside the state. Even the children of such women do not get the right as they do not have any succession rights over the property.

What is Article 370?

It exempts Jammu and Kashmir from following the Indian Constitution except for Article 1 and itself. It also restricts Parliament's legislative powers in Jammu and Kashmir. It was passed in the Constituent Assembly on May 27, 1949 and is the first article of Part XXI of the Indian Constitution. The heading of this part is ‘Temporary, Transitional and Special Provisions’.

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