Hundreds of Bangladeshi protesters took to the streets of Dhaka to protest neighboring India’s decision to scrap special status for Kashmir.
Many of those joining the protest outside Bangladesh’s national mosque were members of the Islamist political party Islami Andolan Bangladesh. Leading party member Maulana Zakaria addressed the crowd, saying the move by India has “hurt and angered the global Muslim community”.
In a move to tighten its grip on the Himalayan region also claimed by Pakistan, India on Monday (August 5) dropped a constitutional provision that allowed the country s only Muslim-majority region to make its own laws.
As India maintains a telecom blackout to deter protests in Kashmir, Pakistan’s top civil and military leadership on Wednesday (August 7) decided to downgrade diplomatic relations and suspend bilateral trade with India in the aftermath of New Delhi’s illegal move of revoking Occupied Kashmir’s special status. The decision was taken at the meeting of National Security Committee (NSC) in Islamabad, with Prime Minister Imran Khan in the chair, said a statement issued by the PM Office.
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