Islamabad : Pakistan was left fuming after India scrapped Article 370 and bifurcated Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories. The move by India has left Pakistan red faced thus impacting the diplomatic ties between the two nations.
Pakistan has now announced that it will be downgrading diplomatic relations with India. It has also said it will be suspending bilateral trade with India. Hours later Pakistan also announced the partial closure of its airspace.
Amid uproar over India’s Kashmir provisions, Pakistan has also called for the review of bilateral arrangements.
In a big development, Pakistan has announced that it will call its high commissioner back from India and expel the Indian envoy to Pakistan. Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood confirmed the news to local media.
“We will call back our ambassador from Delhi and send back their” envoy, foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi announced in televised comments, while a government statement declared that Pakistan will suspend trade in a downgrading of diplomatic ties between the arch-rivals.
At present, Pakistan does not have a high commissioner deputed in India. Pakistani diplomat Moin-ul-Haq was supposed to assume the post soon after he was appointed in May. However, now he will not be taking up the post in New Delhi.
The decision of downgrading bilateral trade ties as well as diplomatic relations came after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan held a meeting of the National Security Committee in Islamabad on Wednesday.