The US said on Monday it was 'closely' observing the events in Jammu and Kashmir following the revocation of Article 370 of the Constitution and urged all stakeholders to maintain peace and stability along the Line of Control. The Narendra Modi government revoked Article 370 which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir and the Rajya Sabha approved the resolution abrogating Article 370 and a bill to bifurcate the state into two union territories.
The Home Minister , Mr. Amit Shah,said the controversial provisions were responsible for poverty and lack of development in the state. Without naming Pakistan, the US State Department Spokesperson, Mr. Morgan Ortagus , said, 'We call on all parties to maintain peace and stability along the Line of Control.' Pakistan has condemned and rejected the Indian move and vowed to exercise 'all possible options' to counter, what it called, India's 'illegal and unilateral' step.
'We are closely following the events in the state. We take note of India’s announcement revising the constitutional status and plan to split the state into two union territories,' Mr. Ortagus said. Earlier, the Ministry of External Affairs briefed the envoys of the P5 nations -the US, the UK, China, France and Russia - about the Indian government’s decision to scrap Article 370 and bifurcate the state.