The decision to abrogate Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir was made on August 5, 2019, and the foreign minister of Pakistan made reference to both that decision and the recent judgment made by the delimitation committee.
Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has stated that his country’s relationship with India has been “particularly complicated” as a result of New Delhi’s decision to abrogate Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir and the recent recommendation by a delimitation commission. He also emphasized that at this time there is “very limited” “practical space” for economic activity, dialogue, and diplomacy between the two countries.
During a news conference on Thursday, Foreign Minister Bilawal, who is now in the United States for the first time, made the comments in response to questions that were posed to him.
“As far as the question of our relationship with India is concerned, it is particularly complicated,” he said, referring to the recent decisions that India has made regarding Kashmir. Specifically, he was referring to the decision that was made on August 5, 2019, to abrogate Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, as well as the decision that was made by the delimitation commission on Jammu and Kashmir.
According to Bilawal, their activities have “made this case more complex.” He claimed that these activities constitute a “attack” on the United Nations, as well as on the resolutions that were passed by the United Nations Security Council and the Geneva Convention.
He stated that “such activities make it very difficult for us to maintain a dialogue” with India. He was referring to the Indian government’s actions.
“Having said that, we are well aware of the reality that economic activity, conversation, and diplomacy are, in the end, the tools by which nations can engage with one another and settle issues. I just want to point out that especially right now with this aggressive and violent behavior, there is very little room for that to happen practically speaking,” he remarked. “I just want to make that observation.”
The delimitation panel, which was established in March 2020, notified its final report earlier this month. According to the report, the Jammu region will receive six additional assembly seats, while the Kashmir Valley will receive one. Additionally, the areas of Rajouri and Poonch will be included in the Anantnag parliamentary seat. Now, the Jammu division will have 43 assembly seats, whereas Kashmir will have 47 seats in the House of 90 members.
Since New Delhi’s decision on August 5, 2019, to repeal Article 370 of the Constitution in order to revoke Jammu and Kashmir’s special status, tensions between India and Pakistan have reached an all-time high. Pakistan’s harsh responses to India’s decision included severing diplomatic ties and expelling the Indian envoy from Pakistan. India’s move elicited strong reactions from Pakistan.
India has made it very clear to the rest of the world that the abolition of Article 370 is a matter that pertains only to its domestic affairs. Pakistan has been informed on multiple occasions by India that Jammu & Kashmir “was, is, and shall forever” remain an essential part of the Indian subcontinent. It also encouraged Pakistan to quit spreading anti-India propaganda and recognize the realities of the situation.
India has communicated to Pakistan its wish to have regular, neighborly ties with Islamabad in a setting devoid of terror, animosity, and violence.
In response to a question regarding India’s decision to prohibit the export of wheat, he stated, “it is obviously the decision of the Indian government to decide what it wishes to do.” He went on to add that such restrictive and protective actions are being discouraged through multilateral forums such as the meeting of the United Nations Security Council on conflict and food security that was called by the US.
According to what he said, “All of us need to work together to satisfy the needs of individuals who are unable to meet their food security targets.”
In response to a query regarding the current state of the country’s politics, Bilawal stated that “on the international front, we have a foreign policy vacuum.” On the front of the economy, we are staring down the barrel of an economic catastrophe, and on the political front, we have a very split political culture.
“We must now do the work of the government, work together to make the difficult decisions, and implement the required reforms in order for us to be able to go forward. And I think that as long as we continue to do that, and as long as we continue to behave ourselves in that manner, then there is very little that can be done to challenge the new government and this extensive coalition. But if we don’t do what’s expected of us, then we’ll have to deal with a lot of problems.