Pakistan decides  to downgrade diplomatic ties , suspends bilateral trade with India

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By Muhammad Luqman

A  huddle of Pakistan’s civilian and military leadership  in the capital Islamabad on Wednesday took several major decisions in view of the recent developments regarding occupied Kashmir, resolving to downgrade Pakistan’s diplomatic relations and suspend all bilateral trade with India.

National Security Committee, the  top security body’s meeting presided over by Prime Minister Imran Khan was held to review the situation in the wake of India’s shock decision to scrap the special status for occupied Kashmir, English newspaper, Daily Dawn reported.

The meeting also decided to review the Pakistan-India bilateral arrangements, take the matter to the United Nations and observe the upcoming Independence Day on August 14 in solidarity with Kashmiris.

“PM directed that all diplomatic channels be activated to expose brutal Indian racist regime, design and human rights violations,” a statement issued after the meeting said.

The meeting also decided to recall Pakistan’s ambassador from New Delhi and expel the Indian envoy.

“Our ambassadors will no longer be in New Delhi and their counterparts here will also be sent back,” Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi told ARY News.

(This is developing story)

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