Reactions as India revokes Kashmir's special status

Reactions as India scraps the special status governing Kashmir, a restive region contested by Pakistan, to bring it under New Delhi's direct rule.

"A historic work has been completed today, there is peace in Kashmir and this step is being welcomed all over the world because injustice is ending."

- Senior minister Prakash Javadekar in parliament

"Kashmir was a paradise, is a paradise and will remain a paradise."

- Home Minister Amit Shah in parliament

"We have opened the way for Kashmir to become Palestine. I urge you to let go of your ego and embrace Kashmiris."

- Manoj Jha from the opposition Rashtriya Janata Dal party

"There will (be) a very strong reaction in Kashmir. It's already in a state of unrest and this will only make it worse. If you want people to accept a decision, you need to persuade them and communicate with them. No such thing has happened."

- Former Jammu and Kashmir mediator Wajahat Habibullah

"The abrogation of Article 370 hasn't just made accession null and void but also reduces India to an occupation force in Jammu and Kashmir."

- Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti

"No unilateral step by the government of India can change this disputed status... As the party to this international dispute, Pakistan will exercise all possible options to counter the illegal steps."

- Pakistan foreign ministry

"With the gathering storm, the physical security and fundamental rights of Kashmiri citizens on both sides of the border are at stake. Their safety and rights must not be barefacedly trampled."

- Human Rights Commission of Pakistan chair Mehdi Hasan