Kashmir issue: Pakistani commentator identifies Arundhati Roy, Mamata Banerjee and Congress as sympathisers

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Kashmir issue: Pakistani commentator identifies Arundhati Roy, Mamata Banerjee and Congress as sympathisers

As the public debate in India remains divided over the Central government's decision to strip Kashmir of its special status as well as bifurcate the state into two Union territories, a Pakistani defence expert has said there are many sympathisers of Pakistan's cause in India.

Mushahid Hussain, a Pakistani politician, journalist and geo-strategist was appearing in a debate on Pakistani news channel Geo TV when he remarked that people like writer Arundhati Roy, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee and political parties like the Congress where "sympathisers" of Pakistan.

When asked by the news anchor about how will the miseries of those in Kashmir end, Hussain said that India is a large nation and not everyone supports Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

"We will have to approach this [Kashmir] issue in a serious and sustained manner. And this is a long battle. India is a huge country. And many people from India are sympathisers with you also like Arundhati Roy, Mamata Banerjee, Congress party, Communist party, Dalit parties. All of India is not with Modi," Hussain said.

Pakistan has announced that it will observe August 14 as 'Kashmir Solidarity Day' and August 15 as 'Black Day' after India scrapped Article 370 of the Constitution that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated the state into two Union Territories.

India has reiterated that its move to scrap Article 370 of the Constitution removing special status to Jammu and Kashmir is an internal matter and advised Pakistan to not create an alarming environment after the move.