Security Forces in Jammu and Kashmir ( Screengrab, Courtesy: Hindustan Times)
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Washington:

The US is “closely” observing the events in Jammu and Kashmir following the revocation of provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution by the Indian government and urged all stakeholders to maintain peace and stability along the Line of Control (LoC).

“We call on all parties to maintain peace and stability along the Line of Control,” State Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus told PTI, without mentioning Pakistan.

Pakistan chas condemned and rejected the Indian government’s move and vowed to exercise “all possible options” to counter, which it called, India’s “illegal” and “unilateral” step.

Pakistan called India’s decision as an illegal and unilateral step. They condemned and said that they would do all possible options to counter this move.

“We are closely following the events in Jammu and Kashmir. We take note of India’s announcement revising the constitutional status of Jammu and Kashmir and India’s plan to split the state into two union territories,” Ms. Ortagus said when asked to comment on India’s decision to revoke J&K’s special status.

Earlier in the day, Ministry of External Affairs briefed the envoys of the P5 nations — the US, the UK, China, France and Russia — about Indian government’s decision to scrap Article 370 and bifurcate the state into two union territories, reported The Hindu.

“We are concerned about reports of detentions (in J&K) and urge respect for individual rights and discussion with the affected communities,” Ms. Ortagus said.

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