India’s government has revoked the part of the constitution that gives Indian-administered Kashmir special status in an unprecedented move likely to spark unrest. Article 370 is sensitive because it is what guarantees significant autonomy for the Muslim-majority state. The entire region is disputed between India and Pakistan. Each claims it in full, but control only parts of it. There has been a long-running insurgency on the Indian side.
India and Pakistan, both nuclear powers, have fought two wars and a limited conflict over the Himalayan territory since the independence and partition of India in 1947.Pakistan has condemned India’s decision to revoke the special status of its part of Kashmir as illegal, saying it would “exercise all possible options” to counter it.”India is playing a dangerous game which will have serious consequences for regional peace and stability,” said Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi.