KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysians have been advised to postpone non-essential visits to Jammu and Kashmir due to the ongoing security lockdown in the areas.
Wisma Putra said Malaysia would continue to monitor the situation in both states and call upon Jammu and Kashmir to settle the conflict in a proper way.
“Malaysia has close and friendly relations with both India and Pakistan.
“Malaysia encourages the two close neighbours to re-engage in dialogues and negotiations with a view to deflate the ongoing situation and find an amicable solution,” it said in a statement.
It also said Malaysians may contact the High Commission of Malaysia in New Delhi at +91124159300 or +919319150306 (after working hours) or email at [email protected] if they require any consular assistance and services.
It was reported on Monday that India government has revoked the special status for Kashmir.
The Article 370 (special status) is a constitutional provision that grants a measure of autonomy to Jammu and Kashmir including the right to make their own laws.
The decision was made after 25,000 newly deployed troops were sent to the troubled Himalayan region.
It was reported that the internet and phone services have been cut in the restive (Himalayan) region where majority of the people oppose to the Indian rule.
Kashmir was under a security lockdown that kept thousands of people inside their homes.
The move is likely to increase tensions with Pakistan, which has claims to Kashmir and demands that India give the Kashmiri people the right to self-determination.
Efforts by the New Straits Times to reach out to the Malaysians residing in India were unsuccessful.
The Indian government also lifted a ban on property purchases by people from outside Jammu and Kashmir, opening the way for Indians to invest and settle there like any other part of India, a measure seen to provoke a likely backlash in the territory.