Is Pakistan able to counter India's move in Kashmir?

Is Pakistan able to counter India's move in Kashmir?

On Wednesday, the National Security Committee (NSC) chose to downgrade diplomatic ties with India and suspend bilateral trade, among other steps, in response to New Delhi's move to annex occupied Kashmir.

"We're not looking at military options", Qureshi said, adding, "Don't we reserve a right to respond in case of any aggression?"

India's Parliament has approved the Hindu nationalist-led government's decision to revoke the special constitutional status of Muslim-majority Jammu and Kashmir state, thrusting the Himalayan region wracked by insurgency into long-term uncertainty.

"The recent developments pertaining to Article 370 are entirely the internal affair of India", the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.

Pakistan on Wednesday announced that it will downgrade the diplomatic relations and suspend bilateral trade with India, after the Narendra Modi government scrapped Article 370, Article 35A and bifurcated Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories (UTs).


The Minister of State for Overseas Pakistanis Syed Zulfiqar Abbas Bukhari on Wednesday released a video message on Twitter to urge the nationals residing in foreign countries to echo the voice of innocent Kashmiris facing aggression of the Indian government.

Pakistan's National Security Committee chose to review bilateral arrangements with India and take the Jammu and Kashmir issue to the United Nations.

Lodhi also called for India to halt and reverse its "unlawful and destabilising actions" and ensure full compliance with UNSC resolutions.

Earlier, Pakistan's army chief, General Qamar Bajwa, said the military would "go to any extent" to support the people of Kashmir in their "just struggle".

On Wednesday, workers crowded the railroad station at Jammu, the winter capital of Jammu and Kashmir state, as they waited for trains bound for Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, and Jharkhand.


Activist Ali Mohammed told broadcaster New Delhi Television that he organized ambulances to carry sick poor people to hospitals in Srinagar, the main city in India's portion of Kashmir, since they can't even use phones to seek medical help. "I am confident that in the future, even global films will be shot there", he said.

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The government has shut off Kashmiris' Internet 53 times already this year, according to a tally by the Software Freedom Law Center, an Internet rights group in New Delhi.

There have been sporadic protests, two police officers said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Tens of thousands of people have died in the armed revolt to secede from India that erupted in 1989 and has ebbed and flowed since then. Since the brief skirmish, the two nuclear powers have vowed to better their ties, yet have also traded accusations of border violations.


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