As Islamabad continues to oppose the Indian Parliament’s decision, by a 2-thirds majority, to bifurcate Jammu & Kashmir into 2-Union Territories , Jammu & Kashmir & Ladakh, & scrap Articles 370 & 35A of the Constitution that provide the state special status and its long-standing residents special privileges, it appears that the Pakistan Army publicly termed the 2- articles as a “sham” which Rawalpindi never realised.
According to an Aug 6 statement by the Inter-Services Public Relations (the media unit of the Pakistani armed forces), “Pakistan never accepted the sham Indian attempts to authorise its rule of Jammu & Kashmir within Article 370 or Article 35A decades ago, efforts which have now been revoked by India itself.”
HT has seen a study of the report, which was announced following a Corps Commanders Conference at GHQ, Rawalpindi, led over by General Qamar Javed Bajwa, the chief of the country’s army staff, soon after India’s resolutions regarding Jammu & Kashmir.
India’s strategic establishment is flummoxed over Pakistan’s unilateral action to check relations on different dimensions with India, and talk of increasing the matter to the United Nations if, indeed, as the statement claims, 370 and 35A were never seen by Islamabad. “If Articles 370 and 35A are fake according to Gen Bajwa, then what is this feeling all about. We see the unilateral action by the Pak gov as being used to address the national audience, which has been removed on Kashmir myth for decades,” said a senior Indian gov official who questioned not to be named.
While Indian High Commissioner to Pak Ajay Bisaria will wait for Pakistan’s reconsideration of its action minimising diplomatic ties before returning to India, Islamabad is making conscious efforts to project that there is pressure along the borders.
Interestingly, the Indian military has announced no forward deployment of troops or soldiers by Islamabad on both the universal border and the Line of Control (LoC), according to government officials.