On Kashmir, India scores over Pak in media battle

'J&K is an integral part of India': MEA snubs China-Pak

After India scrapped the provisions of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution that gave special status to Jammu & Kashmir, media coverage around the world suggested India scored over Pakistan.

Pakistan has been the criticising India’s move of withdrawing the special status of J&K since the Indian government revoked it on August 5.

Below are excerpts from several media reports that strengthen India’s move of revoking Article 370 and bifurcating the J&K into two Union Territories – Jammu & Kashmir with a legislature and Ladakh without it.

The Wall Street Journal

Modi’s Kashmir Gambit Puts Pakistan in a Tough Spot

One of Asia’s oldest disputes reached an inflection point this week as India suddenly terminated autonomy for Jammu and Kashmir, the Muslim-majority province claimed by both India and Pakistan. The long-term implications are unclear, but one thing appears obvious already: When it comes to the seven-decade-old Kashmir conflict, Pakistan has few cards left to play.

Newly re-elected Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi fulfilled a longstanding
campaign promise by ending a constitutional provision that gave Jammu and
Kashmir extra autonomy from the federal government.

The New York Times

Pakistan Runs Out of Options as India Tightens Grip on Kashmir

The dispute over Kashmir has long been a flash point between India and
Pakistan, with each nuclear-armed country holding the threat of retaliation over the other.
But when India stripped the Indian-controlled region of Kashmir of its autonomy this week,
Pakistan’s reaction appeared to be limited to high-level hand-wringing.

As Pakistan marks its independence day next week, it increasingly feels like a nation with
its back against the wall, with few options to protect its existential interests. Its economy
is teetering on the brink of collapse, and its international allies have either stayed silent
over Kashmir or defected in support of India.

Newz Hook

Expect little international support on J&K, says Pakistan foreign minister

Shah Mehmood Qureshi, the Pakistan Foreign Minister has asked his countrymen to
be realistic regarding the international support on India’s move on Jammu and Kashmir.

Telling Pakistanis not to live in a “fool’s paradise”, Qureshi said that Pakistan should not
expect support at the United Nations Security Council regarding its opposition to
India’s decision to end the special status granted to J&K.

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Reuters

India’s Ladakh Buddhist enclave jubilant at new status but China angered

The Buddhist enclave of Ladakh cheered India’s move to hive it off from Jammu and Kashmir state, a change that could spur tourism and help New Delhi counter

China’s influence in the contested western Himalayas. Beijing, though, criticized the announcement, made on Monday by the Indian government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as part of a wider policy shift that also ended Jammu and Kashmir’s right to set its own laws. In a statement on Tuesday, China said the decision was unacceptable and undermined its territorial sovereignty.

Project Syndicate

Tilting at More than Windmills in South Asia

“Tilt” is a word with a history in South Asia. Nearly a half-century ago, Pakistan’s government brutally repressed its citizens in the eastern part of the country. Millions of refugees streamed into India, which mobilized its armed forces. Pakistan attacked, and India responded.

International Business Times

Kashmir: India Shakes Up 7-Decade Long Status Quo, Scraps State’s Special Status

In a significant step, the Indian government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on
Monday scrapped the 70 –year old special status of Kashmir state and announced its
decision to split the state into two union territories-Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh.
Announcing this, India’s Home Minister Amit Shah said in Parliament that the government
has annulled the special status of Jammu and Kashmir by modifying Article 370 of the
Constitution.

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