The Indian government on Monday rushed through a presidential decree to scrap a special status for disputed Kashmir, hours after imposing a major security clampdown in the region.
Home Minister Amit Shah told parliament that the president had signed a decree abolishing Article 370 of the constitution giving special autonomy to the Muslim-majority Himalayan region.
The decree said the measure came into force "at once."
Pakistan on Monday condemned and rejected the Indian government decision to scrap the special status.
"Pakistan strongly condemns and rejects the announcements made by the Indian Government regarding the Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir," Mohammad Faisal, Foreign Ministry spokesman, said in a statement.
"No unilateral step by the government of India can change this disputed status, as enshrined in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions. Nor will this ever be acceptable to the people of Jammu & Kashmir and Pakistan," Faisal said.
Pakistan will exercise all possible options to counter the illegal steps, he added.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, in a series of tweet, said that Islamabad would "firmly highlight" its stance on the Kashmir issue in their "meetings with the U.S. delegation visiting Pakistan and with the International Community at large."/aa