Pakistan condemns scrapping of Article 370, calls it 'illegal'

Pakistan said it will “exercise all options'' to counter this decision

Pakistan bans 11 groups for having links with JuD, JeM terror groups [File] Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan | AP

In their first official reaction to scrapping of Article 370, Pakistan government ''strongly'' condemned the move, calling it "illegal''. The ministry of foreign affairs issued a statement, saying Pakistan will “exercise all options'' to counter this decision.

Pakistan reaffirmed “its abiding commitment to the Kashmir cause and its political, diplomatic and moral support to the people of Occupied Jammu and Kashmir for the realisation of their inalienable right to self-determination.''

A joint session of Pakistan's parliament has been called by President Arif Alvi on Tuesday to discuss the situation in Kashmir. Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has also called a meeting of the Corps commanders conference on Tuesday.

Pakistani politicians took to Twitter to condemn India's “illegal'' action. Maryam Nawaz Sharif has been the most vocal in the protest against the revoking of 370. She dedicated her rally in Sargodha to Kashmir and tweeted, “My rally in Sargodha tomorrow is now dedicated to Kashmir. Shall not only express solidarity with our Kashmiri brethren but will highlight Indian govt’s atrocities, human rights violations & dictatorial decree of revoking article 370 & reneging on all international commitments.''

Senator Sherry Rehman of PPP tweeted: "India has put Kashmir under curfew and house arrest. A communications blackout muzzles phone, internet, cable tv. Over 800,000 troops r locking down an oppressed people while BJP's Delhi changes their fate. Where is the international community?''