The foreign office on Wednesday (August 7) has said that Pakistan expelled the Indian High Commissioner Ajay Basaria over India’s move to abolish article 370 that has suspended the special status of Kashmir. Pakistan has informed the Indian government over the decision through a letter. The deputy Indian high commissioner Gaurav Ahluwalia will be the acting high commissioner in his absence.
Meanwhile, Pakistan stopped Pakistani High Commissioner Moeenul Haq to depart for India. “We will call back our ambassador from Delhi and send back their envoy”, news agency quoting foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi says.
The Pakistan government strongly condemned India for taking “illegal steps” in its decision to revoke special status for Kashmir. The Pakistan government also warned that it will “exercise all possible options.” “As the party to this international dispute, Pakistan will exercise all possible options to counter the illegal steps,” Pakistan’s foreign ministry said in a statement. Pakistan also vowed to continue to provide moral and political support to Kashmiri people in their struggle for right of self-determination.
On the other hand The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) while reacting on Indian government’s move to withdraw special status of Kashmir by abolishing article 370 of the constitution, condemned the legislative steps taken by India in occupied Kashmir and urged the Indian government to “respect, protect and fulfill the human rights of people in Jammu and Kashmir.”
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