On Monday, the Indian government decided to revoke the special status of Kashmir and Jammu state as determined by Article 370 of the Constitution. The law granting special status to the state provided Jammu and Kashmir with an autonomous constitution as well as decision-making rights in various domains excluding defence, foreign affairs and communications.
Pakistan condemned the move, slamming it as illegal and violating United Nations Security Council resolutions and also pledged to employ all possible options to counter the controversial move.
Relations between India and Pakistan have long been tense over competing claims to parts of the Kashmir region since the countries gained independence from the British Empire in 1947. Over the past 70 years, the two archenemies have fought two wars and waged a limited conflict over the region.