Article 370 internal matter, Pakistan trying to spread alarm

India on Thursday urged Pakistan to review its decision of downgrading of diplomatic relation and suspending bilateral ties according to five-point plan announced by Islamabad on Wednesday. The decision by Pakistan came a day after India revoked Article 370, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

In a strongly-worded statement, the Ministry of External Affairs on Thursday said, “We have seen reports that Pakistan has decided to take certain unilateral actions in respect to its bilateral relations with India. This includes the downgrading of our diplomatic relations. The intention behind these measures is obviously to present an alarming picture to the world of our bilateral ties. The reasons cited by Pakistan are not supported by facts on the ground.”

India also insisted that scrapping Article 370 was an “internal matter” designed to fast track development in Jammu and Kashmir and expressed regret over the steps announced by the Pakistan.

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