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‘No new instrument of occupation shall have any legal effect’: Pak warns India amid rumours about more ‘bifurcation’ of J&K

Amid reports circulating that India may be looking into bringing about more bifurcation and demographic changes in Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan has warned New Delhi against any attempt to further make demographic changes in what it calls Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) to “perpetuate its illegal occupation”.

“No new instrument of occupation shall have any legal effect. India cannot change the disputed status of IIOJK, as enshrined in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions, nor can it force Kashmiris and Pakistan to accept illegal outcomes,” the Pakistan foreign office said.

“We urge India to reverse its unlawful and destabilising actions, ensure full compliance with the UN Security Council resolutions, and refrain from any further steps that might imperil regional peace and security in South Asia,” the statement from Pakistan foreign office maintained.

Pakistan had banked its relations with India over the August 5, 2019 decision by the Narendra Modi-led government, which abrogated Article 370 and 35A, changing the special status of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, bifurcating it into two Union Territories – Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.

“We call upon the international community, including the United Nations, world parliaments, international human rights and humanitarian organisations and the global media to take immediate cognizance of the situation. India must be stopped from any further illegal action in the occupied territory,” the statement added.

The return of around 6,000 paramilitary personnel to Jammu and Kashmir after election duty elsewhere has triggered large scale rumours, ranging from further bifurcation of the union territory to announcement of elections after realigning districts, for the last three days.

The wave has not left even mainstream politicians untouched with People’s Conference chief Sajjad Lone, who has again found himself in favour with quarters in the central government, tweeting, “Seems all rumours rumoured to b rumours are rumoured to have been rumours after all. But rumours r still rumouring.” The rumours started spreading after the return of around 60 companies of the paramilitary force who had been stationed in the union territory since August 5, 2019, the day Jammu and Kashmir’s special status was revoked and the state was bifurcated into union territories.

Officials said that these paramilitary companies were returning to their stations after completing election duty in West Bengal and Tamil Nadu.

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