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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.

Alleging that Pakistan was trying to break and destabilise India with its acts like Pulwama, Singh said the country under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been giving a befitting reply to all its nefarious actions.

In Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, the terror groups are seen regrouping with an aim to launch ‘jihad’ against India. Pakistani authorities are encouraging terror groups to come to ground in their bid to target India.

"People should be given food and medical care. That is their fundamental right. Basic communication should be there so that people can go anywhere," he added. Poonawalla also took to the microblogging site and sought a written assurance from the government that Article 21 will not be suspended and to ensure that no lives are lost in Kashmir.

The Rajya Sabha on Monday adopted resolutions to scrap Article 370 and Article 35A in Jammu and Kashmir. The house also passed the reservation bill and the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Bill, 2019 by voice vote.

We have been sitting here for the last four days. Our demands have been pending for the last one year. With the suggestion of Chief Secretary, a committee was formed but nothing has been done yet. Our principal demand is that the secretary workers should also be given allowances which the police and the health officials receive