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Pakistan upholds Supreme Court’s decision to abrogate Article 370

Pakistan on Monday said India’s Supreme Court’s decision to abrogate Article 370 has “no legal value” under international law. The top court unanimously supported the Indian government’s move in August 2019 to abrogate Article 370, which gave special status to the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir.

“International law does not recognize India’s unilateral and illegal actions of 5 August 2019. Judicial endorsement by the Indian Supreme Court has no legal value. Kashmiris have an inalienable right to self-determination in accordance with relevant UN Security Council resolutions. ” Pakistan’s acting Foreign Minister Jalil Abbas Jilani said in a post on X.

According to the report of news agency PTI, former Prime Minister and President of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Shehbaz Sharif criticized the Supreme Court’s decision, calling it a “biased decision”. Sharif accused the Indian Supreme Court of violating international laws by going against UN resolutions. He asserted that the court had betrayed the sacrifices of millions of Kashmiris and predicted that while the “freedom movement” in Kashmir would intensify, there would be no let-up in the struggle.

Shehbaz Sharif, who will serve as prime minister from April 2022 to August 2023, pledged that under Nawaz Sharif’s leadership, the PML-N will advocate for the rights of Kashmiris at all levels, as reported by PTI.

Tensions between India and Pakistan, particularly over the Kashmir issue and cross-border terrorism emanating from Pakistan, have been a recurring challenge. The situation worsened after India abrogated Article 370, leading to Pakistan expelling the Indian ambassador and reducing trade ties.

India has consistently maintained that Kashmir is an internal matter and expresses its desire for normal, friendly relations with Pakistan in an environment free from terror, violence and hostility.

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