India urges Pakistan to review its decision on snapping bilateral ties
PAKISTAN REACTS BITTERLY AFTER INDIA ABROGATES ARTICLE 370 OF CONSTITUTION WHICH GRANTED SPECIAL STATUS TO JAMMU & KASHMIR
New Delhi, Aug 8 (IBNS): India on Thursday urged Pakistan to review its decision a day after Islamabad downgraded its bilateral ties with India in the aftermath of the revocation of special status granted to Jammu and Kashmir.
“The recent developments pertaining to Article 370 are entirely the internal affair of India. The Constitution of India was, is and will always be a sovereign matter. Seeking to interfere in that jurisdiction by invoking an alarmist vision of the region will never succeed,” the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said, referring to the decision to revoke Articles 370 and 35A as an internal matter.
“The Government of India regrets the steps announced by Pakistan yesterday and would urge that country to review them so that normal channels for diplomatic communications are preserved.”
Also India accused Pakistan of presenting an alarmist picture of the bilateral ties between the two nations.
The MEA said, “We have seen reports that Pakistan has decided to take certain unilateral actions in respect to its bilateral relations with India. This includes the downgrading of our diplomatic relations. The intention behind these measures is obviously to present an alarming picture to the world of our bilateral ties. The reasons cited by Pakistan are not supported by facts on the ground.”
What steps did Pakistan take?
Just a day after the Indian government took major steps in Kashmir like revoking Article 370 of the Constitution which withdrew the special status given to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated the state into two Union Territories, Pakistan on Wednesday expelled Indian High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria.
Pakistan government tweeted the following steps:
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.