China condemns India's division of Kashmir

Members of European Union Parliamentary delegation board a shikara ride at Dal Lake in Srinagar on October 29

Members of European Union Parliamentary delegation board a shikara ride at Dal Lake in Srinagar on October 29

"The Indian government officially announced the establishment of so-called Jammu Kashmir territory and Ladakh Union territory which included some of China's territory into its administrative jurisdiction", Geng said at a media briefing.

The UTs of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh are headed by lieutenant governors G C Murmu and R K Mathur, respectively.

The new UTs came into existence on Thursday, which was the 144th birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, who is credited for the merger of over 560 princely states into the Union of India.

As the clock struck 12 and a new day beckoned, Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday transitioned from a state into two union territories with a wary Valley shutting down as it has for 88 days and Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying the "new system" is aimed at "building a strong link of trust".

In 1947, the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir had the following 14 districts - Kathua, Jammu, Udhampur, Reasi, Anantnag, Baramulla, Poonch, Mirpur, Muzaffarabad, Leh and Ladakh, Gilgit, Gilgit Wazarat, Chilhas and Tribal Territory.

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The administrative status of the state changed after the Indian Parliament abrogated the Article 370, providing special status to the former state.

However, Mr Modi said the region had a "bright future".

Pakistani PM Khan's ex-wife claims Kashmir was "sold off" as "very weak" Khan did nothing Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan's ex-wife claimed that he knew beforehand about India's plans to abolish the autonomy of Kashmir and even tried to negotiate a "deal" with New Delhi.

'Madam Speaker, the people of Jammu and Kashmir deserve better and Prime Minister Modi was right to take bold steps to address this situation.

This is a decision against our interests.

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In 1962 India and China went to war over territorial disputes over the land known as Ladakh. Modi closed the gateway by repealing them, he said.

The US Congressman underlined that the special provision created a polarising environment that was exploited politically.

There have been concerns in both New Delhi and Islamabad that the tensions could cause a jihadist outbreak in retaliation to India's power move. The authorities disallowed the people from offering Juma prayers at Srinagar's historic Jamia Masjid, Dastgeer Sahib Shrine and many other major mosques or shrines in the Kashmir valley for the 13th consecutive week, today, since 5th August.

The UT of Jammu and Kashmir will be composed of the remaining districts, which include Anantnag, Bandipora, Baramulla, Budgam, Doda, Ganderbal, Jammu, Kathua, Kishtwar, Kupwara, Kulgam, Mirpur, Muzaffarabad, Poonch, Pulwama, Rajouri, Rambam, Reasi, Samba, Shopian, Srinagar, and Udhampur. Article 35A allowed the Jammu and Kashmir legislature to define who are permanent residents of the state.

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