Northern Army Commander Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh on Saturday cautioned Pakistan against using civilians of PoK as "cannon fodder".

Athawale also claimed that after Article 370 was scrapped, there has been complete peace in Kashmir. He said the move will accelerate the pace of development in Jammu and Kashmir as Central schemes and laws, which could not be implemented earlier, will now be enforced.

Sources in the Army said that on September 10-11, Indian Army troops killed Sepoy Ghulam Rasool in Hajipur sector of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK). Sepoy Rasool hailed from Bahawalnagar, a province in Pakistani Punjab.

"It is necessary for the people of Jammu Kashmir to understand that what is happening there is for them only. When the government has given certain instructions...Article 370 has been scrapped...all this has been done to integrate Jammu and Kashmir with India."

The fact that Khan considers internal matters of India as a cause for direct military confrontation shows just who is war-mongering.

He said US Defense Secretary Mark Esper, during a telephonic conversation, told him that ending special status for Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 was an internal matter of India.

Venkaiah Naidu statement comes after Defence Minister Rajnath Singh made a similar stance over a week ago saying there would be no talks with Pakistan unless it acts against terrorists and stops supporting terror activities.

Pakistan has been rattled by the Indian government's move to strip the special status accorded to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 and has found itself completely isolated despite desperate attempts aimed at internationalising the issue.

The Afghan government also questioned Pakistan's action to deploy tens of thousands of military troops on its western frontier. "There is no threat from Afghanistan to Pakistan. The Afghan government sees no credible reason for Pakistan to maintain tens of thousands of military troops on its western frontier," the statement read.

This comes after Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said that PoK will be on top of the agenda if talks are held with Pakistan in future. He added that dialogue will only be held if the neighbouring nation stops supporting terror.