Pak lowers diplomatic ties, suspends trade with India

PM Imran discusses Kashmir issue with Saudi Crown Prince, UK premier over phone

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ISLAMABAD
Reacting to India’s illegal annexation of Occupied Kashmir, the National Security Committee (NSC) meeting chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan took some important decisions to counter the Indian move and decided to suspend all bilateral trade with India. Pakistan’s top civil and military leadership met in Islamabad for the second time in a week to discuss the prevailing situation in Occupied Kashmir.
As per details, the NSC meeting discussed the situation arising out of unilateral and illegal actions by the Indian government, situation inside Indian Occupied Kashmir and a long Line of Control (LOC). PM Imran also directed all diplomatic channels to remain active in order to expose brutal Indian racist regime, design and human rights violations. The premier also directed Armed Forces to continue vigilance.
The meeting was attended by Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Defence Minister Pervez Khattak, Minister for Interior, Minister for Education, Minister for Human Rights, Law Minister, Adviser Finance, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) Zubair Mahmood Hayat, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Air Staff, Chief of Air Staff Mujahid Anwar Khan, Chief of Naval Staff Zafar Mahmood Abbasi, SAPM on Information, DG-ISI, DG-ISPR, Secretary Foreign Affairs and other senior officers.
The National Security Committee decided to downgrade diplomatic ties and to suspend bilateral trade relations with India . The meeting to reviewed situation arising out of unilateral and illegal actions by the Indian government, situation inside Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir and along LOC. The meeting decided to review of bilateral arrangements.
The meeting decided to take the matter to the United Nations, including the Security Council. It was further decided that Independence Day this 14 August to be observed in solidarity with brave Kashmiris and their just struggle for their right of self-determination while 15th August will be observed as Black Day.
On the occasion, Prime Minister Imran Khan directed that all diplomatic channels be activated to expose brutal Indian racist regime, design and human rights violations. He directed Armed Forces to continue vigilance.
Prime Minister Imran Khan in a telephonic conversation with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz has discussed latest developments in Occupied Kashmir. According to Saudi News Agency, SPA both the leaders discussed the development of the situation in the region and efforts exerted towards it.
Prime Minister Imran Khan felicitated his UK counterpart Boris Johnson on assuming office as Britain’s prime minister over phone on Wednesday. During the telephonic conversation, the two discussed developments arising out of India’s decision to end held Kashmir’s special status. They agreed to resolve all issues through talks and further improve bilateral ties between the two countries.
Yesterday, Andrew James Griffiths, a British Conservative Party politician and Member of Parliament for Burton, in a letter to UK’s Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, asked him to prevail upon Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to stop human rights violations in Kashmir and seek a solution to the issue through talks.
Andrew Griffiths while expressing concern over the abrogation of Kashmir-specific Article 370 by India further wrote: I am sure you will share my concern at the unprecedented and disturbing decision by the Indian government to revoke Article 370 of the Indian constitution, which allows Muslim-majority Jammu and Kashmir limited autonomy and legislative powers and blocks Indians outside the Himalayan state from buying land or holding local government jobs in Kashmir.
Moreover, Prime Minister Imran Khan has summoned a meeting of the National Development Council (NDC) on today (Thursday). The prime minister will preside over the meeting of the council in his capacity as its chairman. It is to mention here that Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa is a member of the NDC.
Sources say the Azad Jammu and Kashmir prime minister and Gilgil Baltistan chief minister will attend the meet. Besides, the chief executives of all provinces will also be in attendance. The NDC will get a detailed briefing on measures to resuscitate the national economy.Various uplift projects will also come under discussion.
It will also review a report on progress thus far made towards bringing investment to the country. Earlier, on June 13, the prime minister had set up the NDC to discuss policies and strategies for development, achieving economic growth and approving long term planning for national and regional connectivity.

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