UAE, Sri Lanka back India on reorganisation of J&K


NEW DELHI: The UAE and Sri Lanka have come out in support of the government’s move to reorganise J&K. While the UAE expressed hope that it would help improve conditions in the state, Sri Lanka described it as an internal matter of India.
UAE’s ambassador Ahmad Al Banna was quoted as saying that he hoped India’s move would help improve social and economic conditions in the state.“We also took note of the introduction of J&K Reorganisation Bill in the Indian Parliament aimed at replacing Article 370 with the creation of Ladakh region and the state of J&K as India’s two new Union Territories,” he told a news agency.
A report in Gulf News said, “He (Al Banna) commented that from his understanding, the reorganisation of states is not a unique incident in the history of independent India and that it was mainly aimed at reducing regional disparity and improving efficiency. He viewed this latest decision related to the state of J&K as an internal matter as stipulated by the Indian Constitution.’’
Sri Lankan PM Ranil Wickremesinghe said making Ladakh a Union Territory was an internal matter of India. “The creation of Ladakh and the consequential restructuring are India’s internal matters,” he said on social media.
He, however, faced some criticism for saying that Ladakh was turning into another state and that it had a Buddhist majority. The Ladakh region, including Kargil, in fact has more Muslims, mostly Shia, than Buddhists.
“I understand Ladakh will finally become an Indian state. Buddhists are 70% of Ladakh’s population and it will be the first Indian state with Buddhist majority,” he had said.