The Indian Army is anticipating Pakistan to instigate violence in the Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) to internationalize the Jammu and Kashmir issue, Chief of Army Staff Bipin Rawat said. “From the rhetoric and false information campaign launched by Pakistan, it is evident they are likely to create a situation to instigate violence.”
He explained that the violence will then be used to project internationally, the narrative that the of J&K are protesting against the removal of special status to the region. On August 5, the Modi government rescinded Articles 370 and 35A, that conferred a special status on Jammu and Kashmir and divided the state into two separate Union Territories – Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
The two will come into being from October 31. There were multiple restrictions on movement of people, public gatherings, house arrests of prominent local political leaders, besides a complete shut down of internet and telecommunication networks, with a view to prevent a law and order flare up and mass protest. Some of these restrictions are now gradually being eased.