The Indian government on Monday issued a presidential order to scrap the constitutionally mandated special status of Kashmir
Pakistan has launched a diplomatic effort to garner international support in the Kashmir issue.
To that end, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan spoke to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Muhammad over the phone to discuss the unfolding situation in Kashmir, following India’s presidential decree of removal the special status for the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.
Imran's phone conversations were part of Pakistan’s outreach to world leaders on recent developments in the Indian-administered Kashmir, said a press release issued by the Pakistan Prime Minister’s Office.
Turkist President Erdogan shared the concerns on the developing situation in the occupied valley and assured of Turkey’s steadfast support in this regard, reports Express Tribune.
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir said Malaysia is closely monitoring the situation and would remain in touch.
The Indian government on Monday issued a presidential order to scrap the constitutionally mandated special status of Kashmir, the country's only Muslim-majority region.
The special status, which has been in place since May 14, 1954, has helped Kashmiri Muslims and other communities preserve their strong sense of culture.
The ditching of the status has highlighted long-running fears that the local way of life and customs could be lost amid migration from other parts of the country.
Analysts say the Indian government wants to change the region's demographics by allowing non-Kashmiris, mostly Hindus, to buy land and settle there permanently.
It is also likely to worsen the simmering and bloody rebellion in Kashmir, where an insurgency over the past three decades has left more than 70,000 dead, mainly civilians.