Pakistan decides to downgrade diplomatic ties, suspend trade with India

Pakistan decides to downgrade diplomatic ties, suspend trade with India

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Following India’s decision to end special status of Occupied Kashmir, the National Security Committee (NSC) on Wednesday decided to downgrade diplomatic relations and suspend bilateral trade with India.

Prime Minister Imran Khan chaired the NSC meeting at Prime Minister’s Office. The meeting was attended by Foreign Minister, Defence Minister, Interior Minister, Minister for Education, Minister for Human Rights, Minister for KA&GB, Law Minister, Adviser Finance, CJCSC, COAS, CAS, CNS, SAPM on Information, DG-ISI, DG-ISPR, Secretary Foreign Affairs and other senior officers.

The Committee discussed situation arising out of unilateral and illegal actions by Indian govt, situation inside Indian Occupied Kashmir and along the Line of Control (LoC).

The Committee has 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 in the meeting that 14th of August to be observed in solidarity with brave Kashmiris and their just struggle for their right of self-determination, whereas, 15th of August will be observed as Black Day.

Meanwhile, the PM directed that all diplomatic channels be activated to expose brutal Indian racist regime, design and human rights violations. He also directed Armed Forces to continue vigilance.

Earlier on Tuesday, Prime Minister Imran Khan formed a seven-member committee to review the political, diplomatic and legal aspects of the occupied Kashmir.

The committee comprised Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Attorney General of Pakistan Anwar Mansoor, Foreign Secretary, ISI Director General Lieutenant General Faiz Hameed, DG Military Operations (DGMO), Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor and Special Representative of Prime Minister Ahmer Bilal Soofi

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