In response to the Indian government’s decision to cancel the “special status” of India-controlled Kashmir, Pakistan further took counter-measures on the 8th: closing some airspace to India, suspending the “friendship train” between the two countries, and even banned Indian films in Pakistan. Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan issued a tweet on Thursday saying that the world is waiting to see what happens to the oppressed Kashmiri near the actual control line in the Kashmir region of India and Pakistan when the curfew is lifted. “Does the Indian government think that it is used? Military means can prevent Kashmiri people from pursuing freedom? This may give them more motivation.”
According to a report by India’s New Delhi TV station on the 8th, Pakistan has closed part of the airspace to India, which makes it necessary to fly for 12 minutes on international flights through the airspace. Indian Airlines has 50 flights a day through Pakistani airspace. Reuters said that Pakistani Railway Minister Rashid said at a news conference on the 8th that Pakistan has decided to suspend the “friendship train” between Pakistan and India. “Friendship Train” refers to the train from the Pakistani city of Lahore to the Indian capital, New Delhi. In addition, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan’s adviser Awang issued a tweet on the 8th, saying that all cinemas in Pakistan are banned from broadcasting Indian films. “Drama, film and Indian-produced content products will be completely banned in Pakistan”. However, Pakistani Foreign Minister Qureshi said that Pakistan does not consider taking any military action, but seeks political and legal channels to change India’s controversial practices in Kashmir.
The day before, Pakistan has announced five counter-measures. According to “India India” reported on the 8th, these measures include reducing diplomatic relations with India; suspending bilateral trade with India; reassessing bilateral agreements between the two countries; and resorting to Indian actions, including the UN Security Council; on August 14 this year On the day of Pakistan’s Independence Day, it supported the people in Kashmir’s “just struggle for self-determination”. The Washington Post said on the 7th that Pakistani Foreign Minister Qureshi said that he will visit China on the 8th to discuss the situation with Kashmir.
The Hindu newspaper said that the Indian Foreign Ministry issued a statement on the 8th asking Pakistan to reassess its decision to reduce diplomatic relations between the two countries. The statement said that the Indian decision to cancel the “special status” of the Indian-controlled Kashmir region is the internal affairs of India. The Palestinian side hopes to show the world a “sensational” picture to interfere with the affairs there, which will never succeed.
According to the British “Times” reported on the 8th, after blocking the majority of India-controlled Kashmir, the Indian government arrested more than 500 scholars, businessmen and activists, as well as dozens of opposition politicians. Reuters commented that this is the largest crackdown by the Indian government in recent years. The Indian authorities launched a crackdown on the country’s Prime Minister Modi’s national speech on Thursday. At 8:30 pm local time on Thursday, Modi delivered a speech saying that the cancellation of the “special status” of India-controlled Kashmir will bring a series of benefits to the local community, including promoting the development of industrialization, promoting the prosperity of tourism and increasing employment. Wait.
India’s recent decision has caused widespread concern in the international community. According to a report by the Asian News Channel of Singapore on the 8th, a spokesman for the US State Department issued a statement saying that the US “continues to support India and Pakistan in direct dialogue on Kashmir and other related issues” and called on both sides to exercise restraint. British Foreign Secretary Rab said to the Indian side that Britain is worried about the situation in Kashmir and called on both sides to remain calm. In addition, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan spoke with British Prime Minister Johnson on the 7th and agreed to continue the dialogue on the Kashmir issue. The Malaysian Prime Minister’s Office issued a statement on the 8th expressing concern and hopes that India and Pakistan will exercise the utmost restraint and avoid any actions that will hurt peace, stability and prosperity in the region. Pakistan’s “Dawn” reported that the International Non-Governmental Organization, the International Commission of Jurists, issued a statement on the 7th that India’s actions violated the Indian Constitution and international law and gave Kashmiri representation and participation rights. The impact of human rights, “The whole world is watching how the Supreme Court of India fulfills its duties and defends the rights of Kashmiris and the Indian Constitution.”