The Indian government has revoked the special status of country’s administered Kashmir in its constitution, the most far-reaching political move on the disputed region in nearly seven decades.
A presidential decree issued on Monday revoked Article 370 of India’s constitution that guaranteed special rights to the Muslim-majority state, including the right to its own constitution and autonomy to make laws on all matters, except defense, communications and foreign affairs.
In the lead-up to the move, India sent thousands of additional troops to the disputed region, imposing a crippling curfew, shutting down telecommunications and internet, and arresting political leaders.
The move has worsened the already-heightened tensions with neighboring Pakistan, which said it will downgrade its diplomatic relations with India.
Both India and Pakistan leader claim Kashmir in full but rule it in part. The nuclear-armed neighbors have fought two of their three wars over the disputed territory.
The United Nations has urged the two countries to exercise restraint.