India dismisses Pakistan’s “alarmist” reaction over J&K

India dismissed Pakistan’s “alarmist” reaction to its decision to strip Kashmir of its autonomy, and warned its nuclear-armed rival against interfering in what it insisted was an “internal affair”.

India revoked special status in the state of Jammu and Kashmir and its constitution on Monday to bring it under its direct rule, which escalated tensions with Pakistan.

Pakistan responded by downgrading its diplomatic relations with India on Wednesday, announcing that it would expel the Indian ambassador and suspend bilateral trade.

India’s Ministry of External Affairs in a statement said on Thursday, the decision to remove Article 370 of the Indian constitution was “entirely the internal affair of India”.

“Seeking to interfere in that jurisdiction by invoking an alarmist vision of the region will never succeed.”

“The government of India regrets the steps announced by Pakistan … and would urge that country to review them so that normal channels for diplomatic communications are preserved.”

Pakistan’s foreign office rejected the revocation of Article 370 as India’s “internal matter” and said the issue should be settled by the United Nations.

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