All out diplomatic war India hits back

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first_imgNew Delhi/Islamabad: India on Thursday termed Pakistan downgrading diplomatic ties with it as an attempt to present an alarming picture to the world about bilateral relations, and urged Islamabad to review its decision.The Ministry of External Affairs said India regretted the steps announced by Pakistan on Wednesday and asserted that its decision on Jammu and Kashmir is an internal affair. The ministry said Pakistan negatively perceiving India’s developmental move is not surprising as the neighbouring country has utilised such sentiments to justify its cross-border terrorism. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details”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 MEA said in a statement. India on Monday revoked Article 370 of the Constitution removing special status to Jammu and Kashmir and has also bifurcated the state into two Union Territories – Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. Reacting to the decision, Pakistan on Wednesday expelled Indian High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria, soon after deciding to downgrade the diplomatic ties with India over what it called New Delhi’s “unilateral and illegal” move. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday”Recent decisions by the government and Parliament of India are driven by a commitment on extending Jammu and Kashmir opportunities for development that was earlier denied by a temporary provision in the Constitution,” the MEA said. It said the intention behind Pakistan’s announcement on downgrading diplomatic ties was to present “an alarming picture to the world of our bilateral ties”. “The government of India would urge Pakistan to review the steps so that normal channels for diplomatic communications are preserved,” the MEA said. Pakistan has suspended the Samjhauta Express train service with India, Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed announced on Thursday, a day after Islamabad downgraded the diplomatic ties with New Delhi. “We have decided to suspend the Samjhuta train service,” Rasheed said while addressing a press conference here. The Samjhauta Express train service was suspended earlier this year, due to escalating tensions between the two neighbouring countries. However, the service was later resumed. The minister made the announcement as passengers were waiting at the Lahore station to board the train to travel to India. On the Indian side, the train runs from Delhi to Attari and from Lahore to Wagah on the Pakistan side. However, Pakistan said on Thursday that it remains committed to complete the much-awaited Kartarpur corridor despite its decision to downgrade the diplomatic ties with New Delhi. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday strongly defended his government’s decision to revoke Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, saying the provision has not given anything except separatism, corruption and family rule to the state, and Pakistan has used it as a tool to spread terrorism. In his televised address to the nation, Modi hailed his government’s decision to revoke the Article as “historic” and said a new era has begun in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. He also said over 1.5 crore people of J&K were being denied benefits of legislations meant for the entire country. Spelling out his government’s development plans for J&K, he said state government employees including police will soon get benefits on par with employees of other Union Territories and all vacant posts in Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh will be filled, creating employment opportunities.last_img

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