Hours after saying that the India did not inform the Trump administration about its move on Kashmir, a US official has now said that the country is closely monitoring the developments in the state, particularly the move to bifurcate J&K into two Union Territories.
The US has also urged Pakistan to exercise restraint even as Imran Khan’s government continues to issue threats and has now snapped trade and downgraded diplomatic ties with India. Pakistan on Wednesday expelled Indian High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria and also downgraded diplomatic ties over the Modi government’s decision to revoke Jammu and Kashmir’s special status.
“Pakistan must refrain from any retaliatory aggression, including support for infiltrations across the Line of Control, and take demonstrable action against the terrorist infrastructure on Pakistan’s soil, they said in the statement.
The State Department spokesperson said that “the US calls for calm and restraint by all parties”.
In a momentous move on Monday, Home Minister Amit Shah moved a resolution in Rajya Sabha to scrap Article 370 of the Constitution to revoke Jammu and Kashmir’s special status. In another bill, the government also bifurcated Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories – Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.
.Imran Khan on Wednesday called his British counterpart Boris Johnson and Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman as part of his government’s plan to inform the world leaders about India’s decision of revoking Article 370 and withdrawing the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.
The international community, including the US and UN, have urged for restraint, peace and stability in the region.