- “Pursuant to the decision of the NSC today, the Government of India has been told to withdraw its High Commissioner to Pakistan.”
- The committee had decided to review bilateral arrangements.
Foreign Office (FO) on Thursday has asked India to withdraw its High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria from Islamabad hours after National Security Committee (NSC) announced to downgrade its diplomatic ties with New Delhi following abrogation of articles 370 and 35A that give special status to occupied Kashmir.
In a statement, FO said, “Pursuant to the decision of the NSC today, the Government of India has been told to withdraw its High Commissioner to Pakistan.”
Earlier, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi announced, “We will call back our ambassador from Delhi and send back their envoy”.
The reaction came as the government released a statement post NSC meeting, declaring Pakistan will suspend trade with India in a downgrading of diplomatic ties between the arch rivals. Islamabad also vowed to take the matter to the United Nations Security Council.
The committee had decided to review bilateral arrangements, take the matter regarding revocation of Article 370 and 35A to the United Nations, including the Security Council.
It was also decided that the Independence Day on 14 August will be observed in solidarity with brave Kashmiris and their just struggle for their right of self-determination. The 15th August will be observed as Black Day.
Monday’s move by the government of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to tighten control on Muslim-majority Kashmir had been widely expected to trigger conflict with Pakistan and reignite an insurgency that has already cost tens of thousands of lives.
Kashmir has been divided between Pakistan and India since independence in 1947.
Prime Minister Imran Khan had vowed on Tuesday to fight the issue “on every forum” and demanded the international community take action, accusing Modi of an anti-Muslim agenda.
The Pakistan army has also said it “firmly stands” with Kashmiris.