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Dhaka: Jammu and Kashmir issues are India's internal matter

  • Published at 02:08 pm August 21st, 2019
Indian security force personnel keep guard alongside a road during restrictions after the government scrapped the special constitutional status for Kashmir, in Srinagar August 15, 2019 Reuters

Bangladesh advocates that maintaining regional peace and stability, as well as development should be a priority for all countries

Bangladesh has described the matter related to Jammu and Kashmir as an internal issue of India.

“Bangladesh maintains that the abrogation of Article 370 by the Indian Government is an internal issue of India,” said a statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs sharing Bangladesh’s position on Jammu and Kashmir issue on Wednesday.

The statement said Bangladesh has always advocated, as a matter of principle, that maintaining regional peace and stability, as well as development should be a priority for all countries.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government stripped Jammu and Kashmir of its semi-autonomy and statehood, creating two federal territories on August 5.

The order revoked Article 370 of India's constitution, which gave the state of Jammu and Kashmir its own constitution and decision-making rights for all matters except for defense, communications and foreign affairs.

The article also forbid Indians outside the state from permanently settling, buying land, holding local government jobs and securing educational scholarships.

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Thousands of Indian troops have been sent into the Kashmir Valley, already one of the world's most militarized regions, to man checkpoints. 

Telephone communications, cell phone coverage, broadband internet and cable TV services were cut, although some have been gradually restored.

Kashmir has seen mass arrests and lockdowns earlier. The partition of the state left India in control of most of Kashmir, and Pakistan, and China in charge of other parts of the territory. 

India has often tried to suppress uprisings, including a bloody armed rebellion in 1989. About 70,000 people have been killed since that uprising and a subsequent Indian military crackdown.