5 Aug 2019

India revokes Kashmir's special status

6:54 pm on 5 August 2019

India's government has said it plans to revoke the part of the constitution that gives Indian-administered Kashmir special privileges.

Security personnel stand guard on a street in Jammu.

Security personnel stand guard on a street in Jammu. Photo: AFP

Article 370, which gives Jammu and Kashmir more autonomy than any other Indian state, is sensitive because it is the basis on which the princely state of Kashmir joined India.

Home Minister Amit Shah made the announcement in parliament amid massive protests from the opposition.

The move is expected to spark unrest.

Article 370 allows the state its own constitution, a separate flag and independence over all matters except foreign affairs, defence and communications.

The former chief minister of the state, Mehbooba Mufti has tweeted, saying the move effectively made India an occupying force in the state.

Both India and Pakistan claim all of Muslim-majority Kashmir but only control parts of it. The two regional powers have fought two wars and a limited conflict over the Himalayan territory.

There has been an insurgency against the authorities in Indian-administered Kashmir for three decades.