Pakistan rules out ‘military option’ in Kashmir row



By Muhammad Luqman

Pakistan has said that it will not resort to military action in a row with nuclear arch-rival India over disputed territory of Kashmir.

“Pakistan is not looking at the military option. We are rather looking at political, diplomatic, and legal options to deal with the prevailing situation,” Pakistan.s  foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi told a news  conference in the capital Islamabad on Thursday.

“We have decided to go back to the UN security council to challenge this Indian position, which is morally incorrect,” he added.

Qureshi made these  comments after y Islamabad’s decision  to downgrade its diplomatic ties with India, suspend bilateral trade, and expel the country’s envoy.

Pakistan also said on Thursday it would suspend a rail service linking it to India, as relations with its arch rival continue to sour over the contested Kashmir region.

“We have decided to shut down Samjhauta Express,” railways minister Sheikh Rasheed told a news conference on Thursday, in reference to the train running to India’s capital New Delhi from the Pakistani city of Lahore.

“As long as I am railways minister, Samjhauta Express can’t operate”.

Pakistan also said it would ban the screening of Indian films in the country’s cinemas.

“No Indian cinema will be screened in any Pakistani cinema. Drama, films and Indian content of this kind will be completely banned in Pakistan,” Firdous Ashiq Awan, Special Assistant  to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said in a tweet.


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