Pakistan on Wednesday snaps all diplomatic ties with India in response to the Modi government’s move on Article 370. Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi informed that Pakistan has expelled the Indian envoy in Islamabad.
They expel Indian envoy High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria after Imran Khan presided over a joint meeting presided with National Security Council officials.

Imran Khan warns to retaliate after Union home minister Amit Shah said in parliament that all of Jammu and Kashmir, including PoK (Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir), includes as an integral part of India.

The Pakistan government shares a tweet that reads the steps in its plan following the joint meeting.
“1-Downgrading of diplomatic relations with India.
2-Suspension of bilateral trade with India.
3-Review of bilateral arrangements.
4-Matter to be taken to UN, including the Security Council.
5-14th of August to be observed in solidarity with brave Kashmiris,” the tweet read.

Islamabad has also sought international intervention on the matter of Kashmir. They would appeal to the United Nation’s Security Council to respond against the government’s Kashmir decisions.

‘Internal matter’

On the other hasnd, in a statement, India had emphasised that the Kashmir issue was an internal matter and it would not entertain any external intervention. “India does not comment on the internal affairs of other countries and similarly expects other countries to do likewise,” MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar had said in response to concerns raised by China on Kashmir.

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Snapping off diplomatic ties will impact Pakistan more than India.

Pakistan’s decision to cut off all bilateral relation with India is expected to hurt Pakistan more than India. Although India exports goods worth $2 billion (2018-19) and imports goods valued at $500 million from Pakistan.

“India is less dependent on Pakistan… India’s goods exports to Pakistan have limited profile as Pakistan has not given MFN (Most Favoured Nation) status to India and such goods have a ready market in South Asia and the Middle East,” said FIEO President, Sharad Kumar Saraf.

Moreover, India had withdrawn the MFN status to Pakistan after the Pulwama attack. In addition, Delhi import duties on all items from Pakistan has also been increased to 200 per cent since February.

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Pakistan to observe ‘Black Day’ on India’s Independence day

To show their protest against India, the Pakistan NSC decided to observe the country’s Independence Day on August 14 in solidarity with Kashmiris and their “just struggle for their right of self-determination’’. Therefore, 15th August, India’s Independence Day, will be observed as a Black Day.

US calls for dialogue

To avoid a potential military escalation in South Asia, the US proposed for an “urgent need” for dialogue among all actors. Further, It also refuted media reports that India consulted or informed the US about its J&K decision.

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