New Delhi: Pakistan has officially stated that it will downgrade diplomatic relations and suspend bilateral trade with India following the government's move to end special status for Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcate it into two union territories. Islamabad also said it would approach the United Nation's Security Council against the move.
Pakistan has also expelled Indian envoy to the country, as reported by news agency AFP.
Pursuant to the decision of the National Security Committee today,Government of India has been told to withdraw its High Commissioner to Pakistan.The Indian Government has also been informed that Pakistan won't be sending its High Commissioner-designate to India.
1-Downgrading of diplomatic relations with India.— Govt of Pakistan (@pid_gov) August 7, 2019
2-Suspension of bilateral trade with India.
3-Review of bilateral arrangements.
4-Matter to be taken to UN, including the Security Council.
5-14th of August to be observed in solidarity with brave
Kashmiris. #StandwithKashmir pic.twitter.com/v06GmMc5lG
This announcement comes barely a day after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan warned Indian government that the Kashmir move will have "serious repercussions".
In a tweet following Prime Minister Imran Khan's meeting with the National Security Committee, the Pakistan government enumerated the steps they plan.
"1-Downgrading of diplomatic relations with India. 2-Suspension of bilateral trade with India. 3-Review of bilateral arrangements. 4-Matter to be taken to UN, including the Security Council. 5-14th of August to be observed in solidarity with brave Kashmiris," the tweet read.
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