Amid reports of back-channel talks between New Delhi and Islamabad, Pakistan appears to be toning down its rhetoric on Kashmir.
In an interview with Pakistan’s SAMAA TV, the country’s Foreign Minister, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, has said that the dilution of Article 370 is India’s internal matter, adding that the move has been challenged in the Indian Supreme Court.
“In my view, Article 370 is not important,” Qureshi said.
When asked what is important for Pakistan, he said Article 35A.
Article 35A, incorporated into the Constitution in 1954 by an order of the President in 1954, allowed the Jammu and Kashmir legislature to define permanent residents of the state, their special rights and privileges.
Explaining why Article 35A is important to Pakistan, Qureshi said India could try to restructure the demography of Kashmir by doing away with it.
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