FM says India destroyed occupied Kashmir's economy with unilateral Aug 5 move

Posted In: News Date:Feb 10th, 2020

KARACHI: India's move to revoke Articles 370 and 35A of its Constitution on August 5, 2019, rescinding occupied Kashmir's special status, destroyed its economy, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Monday.

Addressing an event at the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) here in the city, Qureshi claimed that India's economic challenges have increased substantially following revocation of Kashmir's special status.

"Actions in occupied Kashmir have resulted in losses amounting to Rs2 billion for India," the foreign minister claimed, adding that some 400,000 people had become unemployed in the Muslim-majority region in the past six months.

On August 5 last year, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi abrogated Articles 370 and 35A — which had allowed Kashmir to have its own flag, a separate constitution, and the freedom to make laws.

The minister once again warned the business community that the government fears that the Indian government may carry out an attack similar to Pulwama to divert the attention from the internal problems it faces.

He claimed that the ruling Bhartaiya Janta Party (BJP) faced election defeat in three states of India.