Bangladesh 'closely observing' Kashmir situation

Bangla Tribune Report
Published : 15:57, Aug 07, 2019 | Updated : 21:53, Aug 07, 2019

Indian security personnel stand guard along a deserted street during restrictions in Jammu, August 7, 2019. REUTERSDhaka is closely observing the situation in Kashmir, says senior Cabinet member Obaidul Quader.
"India has revoked their constitution's Article 370 and it is their internal matter. We have no right to say anything about others’ domestic matters, but we are observing the situation," he said on Wednesday (Aug 7) after inaugurating an anti-dengue campaign in Dhaka's Mirpur.
Quader, who serves as the ruling Awami League's general secretary, added: "Bangladesh is not likely to make comments on a neighbour's internal issues."
On Monday (Aug 5), the Indian government revoked the special status of India-administered Kashmir, in a move that risks fuelling already heightened tensions with neighbouring Pakistan.
Later on Tuesday (Aug 6), the lower house of the Indian parliament passed a bill to split Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government detained regional leaders and heads of separatist groups before the announcement.

Thousands of Indian security forces kept a lid on protests in disputed Kashmir, helped by the continued suspension of telephone and internet services after the Himalayan region's special status was scrapped this week, Reuters reported on Wednesday (Aug 7).

India has been fighting an armed revolt in Kashmir since 1989, which it blames Pakistan for stoking. In reply, Islamabad says it only gives moral and diplomatic support to the Kashmiri people in their struggle for self-determination.

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