DIRECTUS: Protest at the Indian Embassy in Athens - Pakistani embassy is behind it

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Only 20 Pakistanis gathered outside the Indian embassy to protest against the status of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday.

According to Directus, its article on the protest mobilised the Greek authorities, forcing most would-be Pakistani protestors, "who are mostly illegal," to keep away.

The outlet reported that "the Pakistani Embassy is behind this gathering, as despite embassies remaining closed [on Sunday], they opened to direct the entire march, which was finally crowned with…. failure!"

"On the day of every protest they open the embassy. So it shows that they are violating  Diplomatic Protocols," added Directus.

"Pakistan is breaking diplomatic rules by supporting the protest. The embassy of Pakistan is involved in all activities of Pakistanis in Greece!" Directus concluded.

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What was Article 370?

Article 370 gave Jammu and Kashmir its own Constitution and decision-making rights for all matters barring defence, communications and foreign affairs. Its removal ended the special status to the state.

Contained within Article 370 was Article 35A, which allowed the erstwhile state to define who it acknowledged as permanent residents and gave special rights, such as government jobs and owning property.

However, as mentioned in the constitution, and pointed out by the court during the judgement, Article 370 was a temporary measure.

In 1951 a Constitution Assembly was elected for Jammu and Kashmir to formulate the constitution of Jammu and Kashmir within the ambit of Indian Constitution, and ‘subjects in respect of which the state should accede to the Union of India.’

And it was understood that this Assembly would have the authority to determine the future course of Article 370.

On 5 August 2019, the Government of India issued a Presidential Order superseding the 1954 order, and making all the provisions of the Indian constitution applicable to Jammu and Kashmir. The order was based on the resolution passed in both houses of India’s parliament with two-thirds majority. A further order on 6 August made all the clauses of Article 370 except clause 1 to be inoperative.

In addition, the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019 was passed by the parliament, enacting the division of the state of Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories to be called Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and Union Territory of Ladakh. The reorganisation took place on 31 October 2019.

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