The Indian government likewise divided the state into two federally administered territories- Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, which will be directly controlled by the federal government.
The Himalayan region is held by India and Pakistan in parts and claimed by both in full.
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Pakistan on Wednesday made a decision to suspend bilateral trade and downgrade its diplomatic relations with India in a meeting of the National Security Committee chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan. Jammu and Kashmir had operated autonomously for most of the time India had been an independent country.
"The Secretary-General is also concerned over reports of restrictions on the Indian-side of Kashmir, which could exacerbate the human rights situation in the region".
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Pakistan on Wednesday expelled Indian High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria and suspended all bilateral ties in response to New Delhi's decision to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and split the state into two union territories.
Aside from the diplomatic moves, Pakistani MPs, in a joint session of parliament, denounced the action on Kashmir by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
"The Government of India regrets the steps announced by Pakistan yesterday and would urge that country to review them so that normal channels for diplomatic communications can be preserved", the statement added in the end. India accuses Pakistan of supporting insurgents but its neighbour denies this, saying it only gives moral and diplomatic support to Kashmiris who want self-determination.
"The recent developments pertaining to Article 370 are entirely the internal affair of India". Occupied Kashmir is an internationally recognised dispute.
Russian Federation said that it extended support for the normalisation of the relations between India and Pakistan.
The Press Trust of India news agency earlier said authorities would allow people to offer prayers in small local mosques, but there would be no Friday congregation at the historic Jama Masjid where thousands of Muslim normally pray every week.