Article 370: Pakistan to downgrade ties with India, expels Indian envoy in Pakistan. Suspends bilateral trade

Islamabad, August 7, 2019: Pakistan on Wednesday, 7 August, expelled Indian envoy, and also suspended trade over Kashmir, reports AFP news agency, quoting government.

The Pakistani government has also decided not to send its High Commissioner designate to India, who was to take charge later this month, according to ANI.

Pakistan on Wednesday decided to downgrade diplomatic relations with India and suspend bilateral trade after New Delhi revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.

The decision was taken at a crucial meeting of the National Security Committee (NSC) in Islamabad chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan and attended by top civil and military leadership, said a statement issued by the PM Office.

The Indian government on Monday abolished Article 370 of the Constitution that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated the state into two Union Territories — Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.

The NSC decided to review “bilateral arrangements” with India while taking the matter to the United Nations, including the Security Council, the statement said. It also decided that August 14 will be observed in solidarity with Kashmir. — PTI

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