Pakistan sends back Indian High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria, suspends bilateral trade

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Islamabad: Pakistan on Wednesday decided to shut down the Wagah border and downscale its diplomatic relationship with India in wake of the Indian Parliament having abrogated Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir. The decision was taken in the National Security Committee meeting presided over by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan at his office.

The Pakistan government also decided to send back Indian High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria back to India and also not send its High Commissioner designate Moin-ul-Haq to India who was set to take charge later this month.

These are the five key actions decided to be taken in the meeting:

  1. The downgrading of diplomatic relations with India
  2. Suspension of bilateral trade with India
  3. Review of bilateral arrangements
  4. Matter to be taken to the United Nations, including the UN Security Council
  5. Independence Day this 14 August to be observed in ‘solidarity with brave Kashmiris and their just struggle for their right of self-determination’. (India’ s Independence Day) 15th August to be observed as a Black Day

The meeting was attended by Qureshi, Pakistan’s Defence Minister Pervez Khattak, Interior Minister Ijaz Ahmad Shah, 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 in the Pakistan government.

The committee discussed “the situation arising out of unilateral and actions” taken by India in Jammu and Kashmir and along the Line of Control. Imran Khan claimed that “all diplomatic channels be activated to expose brutal Indian racist regime, design and human rights violations”. Khan also directed the country’s armed forces to continue vigilance.

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