India: 10,000 troops in Kashmir and Constitutional autonomy has been abolished in Pakistan
The fear of a nuclear war is becoming more concrete
The fear of a possible war between India and Pakistan is becoming more concrete: the Indian government has deployed 10,000 troops in an area of the Himalaya region and announced that it has taken full control of the Muslim-dominated region after dramatically demolishing the "special status" of the Muslim-majority region to dilute the Islamic presence in the region disputed by Pakistan. Interior Minister Amit Shah announced in Parliament today a decree canceling article 370 of the Constitution, which envisaged the ability to legislate autonomously for the State of Jammu and Kashmir. A decision that could cause explosive consequences: artillery bombardments have already been reported along the line of control and both India and Pakistan are countries with nuclear weapons.
While troops were arriving and grenades were raining, internet and telephone communications has been interrupted, steel barriers and barbed wire has been erected, schools has been closed and public meetings and demonstrations banned in the Himalayan region. The tension and the fear of possible terrorist attacks is so intense that had led to the mass flight of tourists: yesterday the evacuation by bus of 20,000 visitors from the area of Mount Amarnath was also imposed.
Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said: "India is playing a very dangerous game". Syed Ali Geelani, one of Kashmir's leading leaders who challenges India's sovereignty over the region, issued a statement calling for the use of "unity and brotherhood" to fight "India's aggression" and appealed to world powers to "take this sad situation seriously and help us be saved from the cruel and barbaric claws".
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