The Kashmiri Indian state had been locked down after a valuable status granted to the distressed area was revoked by the Indian administration. The reasons for the lockdown are known to be that the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi intends to reinforce his impact over the only region of the Muslim majority.
Moreover, in anticipation of a revocation backlash, India deployed tens of thousands of soldiers across the Kashmir Valley. Indian media reports indicate that mobile internet services in Kashmir Valley have been suspended, and safety authorities have been using satellite phones as a mean of communication.
The Indian government has also prohibited all government movements, schools and universities have permanently been shut down, and the two former chief ministers of Kashmir Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti have been put under house detention. Following these events, the two representatives took their dissatisfaction with the decision made to Twitter and warned everyone of the seriousness of the matter at hand.
“To the people of Kashmir, we don’t know what is in store for us but I am a firm believer that whatever Almighty Allah has planned it is always for the better, we may not see it now but we must never doubt his ways. Good luck to everyone, stay safe & above all PLEASE STAY CALM,” Omar Abdullah tweeted.
Following Omar’s statement, Mehbooba Mufti tweeted, “It will have catastrophic consequences for the subcontinent. GOIs intentions are clear. They want the territory of J&K by terrorizing its people. India has failed Kashmir in keeping its promises.”
In its decision to revoke unique status for Kashmir, the government of Pakistan heavily condemned India for taking “illegal measures.”
In a declaration, the Pakistani foreign ministry stated, “As the party to this international dispute, Pakistan will exercise all possible options to counter the illegal steps.”