India abolishes Kashmir special status with rush decree

Publish: 7:14 PM, August 5, 2019 | Update: 7:14:PM, August 5, 2019

NEW DELHI, – The Indian government on Monday rushed through a presidential decree to scrap a special status for disputed Kashmir, hours after imposing a major security clampdown in the region.

Home Minister Amit Shah told parliament that the president had signed a decree abolishing Article 370 of the constitution giving special autonomy to
the Muslim-majority Himalayan region. The decree said the measure came into force “at once”.

Kashmir has been divided between Indian and Pakistan since their independence in 1947. The Indian-administered part of the territory has been
in the grip of an insurgency for three decades that has left tens of thousands dead.