NEW DELHI — Pakistan on Wednesday has decided to downgrade its diplomatic relations and suspend bilateral trade with India, according to media reports.
A tweet by ANI, also read that Pakistan will review its bilateral engagements with India.
The Pakistan government is understood to take this move in retaliation to India’s removal of special status to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcation of the state into two union territories.
Pakistan has condemned strongly the India’s decision on Monday to revoke the special status for its portion of the Kashmir region claimed by both countries.
“As the party to this international dispute, Pakistan will exercise all possible options to counter the illegal steps,” Pakistan’s foreign ministry said in a statement.
Pakistani PM Imran Khan on Wednesday chaired meeting of the National Security Committee at his office attended by all the top officials of the state and discussed the situation after the unilateral and illegal actions by the Indian government,
The Committee decided to take following actions: –
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 the United Nations, including the Security Council.
5. Independence Day this 14 August to be observed in solidarity with brave Kashmiris and their just struggle for their right of self-determination.
6. 15th August will be observed as Black Day.
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. #StandwithKashmir pic.twitter.com/v06GmMc5lG
— Govt of Pakistan (@pid_gov) August 7, 2019