Pakistan expels Indian officer
PAKISTAN EXPELS INDIAN HIGH COMMISSIONER
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Pakistan announced that it is expelling the Indian High Commissioner and suspending bilateral trade with its nuclear-armed neighbour, days after New Delhi stripped the disputed Kashmir region of its special autonomy.
Ajay Bisaria is India’s High Commissioner in Islamabad.
National Security Committee (NSC):
- The decisions were taken at a National Security Committee (NSC) meeting chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan at his office in Islamabad.
- The meeting was attended by the Foreign Minister, Defence Minister, Minister for Human Rights, Army chief, DG ISI, DG ISPR and several other senior officials of the military and the government.
- Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi read out the NSC decisions while addressing a joint session of Parliament. In the meeting it was decided to;
- Review bilateral trade agreements between the two countries.
- Suspend its bilateral trade with India.
- Take the Kashmir issue to the UN, including the Security Council.
- They are pushing August 15 to be consider as “Black day”.
- Suspended Samjhauta Express in protest against India’s move to scrap Article 370 to strip Jammu and Kashmir of its special status. This has resulted in a number of passengers being stranded at the Wagah-Attari border in Punjab.
- A few minutes later, they announced closure of air routes for the flights from and to India which will result in an additional up to12 minutes of flying time for overseas flights.
- Through NSC decisions, Pakistan has not just shown its seriousness in condemnation of revocation of Article 370 to India but to the international community as well and would now be in a better position to convince the world for its case on Kashmir.
- Many of our leaders said, the suspension of bilateral trade won’t affect India in any case since, the trade contribution between the countries are small.
- The last time an envoy was expelled was in 2002 after terror attacks in India, including the one on Parliament when New delhi asked then Pakistan high commissioner Ashraf Jehangir Qazi to withdraw.
- This, however, did not happen in the immediate wake of the Parliament attack on December 13, 2001. India first recalled its own envoy Vijay Nambiar from Pakistan in early 2002, but Pakistan did not resort to a tit-for-tat response, allowing its HC to stay put in New Delhi.
- India expelled Qazi after the attack on the military camp at Kaluchak in May 2002.
- Pakistan suspends trade ties with India formally.
- The decision was taken by the federal cabinet headed by Prime Minister Imran Khan endorsed the decisions taken by the National Security Committee and the joint session of parliament.
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