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Pakistan expels Indian envoy, suspends trade

August 8, 2019

Following the government of India's move to end the special status granted to Jammu and Kashmir and split it into two union territories, Pakistan has expelled the Indian envoy in Islamabad. It has also announced a five-point plan which includes a downgrade of its ties with India and suspension of bilateral trade.

India has an envoy in Islamabad, High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria while his Pakistani counterpart, Moin-ul-Haq is yet to take charge in New Delhi.

Pakistan has often sought international intervention on Kashmir and it once again plans to appeal to the United Nations Security Council against the government's Kashmir decisions. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan had recently thanked United States President Donald Trump for offering to mediate on Kashmir. India had rejected that immediately.

Meanwhile the United Nations has said it is concerned that the Indian government's move on Kashmir will "exacerbate the human rights situation in the region. "The fact that hardly any information at all is currently coming out is of great concern in itself," said a UN spokesperson.

After a tweet following Khan's meeting with the National Security Committee, the Pakistan government listed the steps in its 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. - Official tweet by Pakistan government

Soon after Union Home Minister Amit Shah made the announcement in Parliament that all of Jammu and Kashmir, including Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir, was an integral part of India, Imran Khan spoke of retaliation."They (India) will do something in PoK (Pakistan Occupied Kashmir)... we will retaliate... Will fight till last drop of blood".

Pakistan's ally China has also opposed India's move to end special status for Kashmir through a presidential order. It warned India that it should avoid changing the status and expressed opposition to naming Ladakh a separate Union Territory.

India has dismissed China's words, calling this an "internal matter" and adding, "India does not comment on the internal affairs of other countries and similarly expects other countries to do likewise".



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