Pakistan downgrades diplomatic relations with India, suspends bilateral trade

Pakistan on Wednesday decided to expel the Indian envoy in Islamabad and announced a five-point plan to downgrade ties with India and suspend bilateral trade, in response to India’s move to end special status for Jammu and Kashmir and split the state into two union territories.

While India’s High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria is in Islamabad, his Pakistani counterpart, high commissioner designate Moin-ul-Haq, is yet to take charge in New Delhi.

Pakistan has also said that it would appeal to the United Nation’s Security Council against India’s decision in Jammu and Kashmir.

“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 Pakistan government listed its plan on twitter.

On Tuesday, during the debate over scrapping of special status and bifurcation of J&K, the Union home minister Amit Shah made it clear that Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir too is an integral part of India.

This announcement comes a day after Imran Khan warned that the Kashmir move will have “serious repercussions”.

Mr. Khan during a joint sitting of Pakistan’s parliament warned of retaliation and bloodshed, if India did anything in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir.

Source : Various