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India exercises better control over J&K

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Published on August 11, 2019 with No Comments

Pak Suspends trade, Partially closes air space

US lawmakers urge Pak to refrain from retaliatory aggression against India

Two US Democratic lawmakers have urged Pakistan to refrain from any “retaliatory aggression” against India and take “demonstrable action” against terrorist groups within its territory. There statement came after Pakistan  expelled Indian High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria and downgraded diplomatic ties with India over what it called New Delhi’s “unilateral and illegal” move to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.

Senator Robert Menendez and Congressman Eliot Engel in a joint statement also expressed concern over the restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir. Menendez is a ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, while Engel is the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. “Pakistan must refrain from any retaliatory aggression, including support for infiltrations across the Line of Control, and take demonstrable action against the terrorist infrastructure on Pakistan’s soil,” they said in the statement. Expressing concern over detention and restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir, the lawmakers said, “As the world’s largest democracy, India has an opportunity to demonstrate for all its citizens the importance of protecting and promoting equal rights, including freedom of assembly, access to information and equal protection under the law. Transparency and political participation are the cornerstones of representative democracies, and we hope the Indian government will abide by these principles in Jammu and Kashmir,” they said.

With Indian parliament approving the reorganisation of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories and withdrawing two controversial laws, that limited the rights of non Kashmiris in Kashmir, Pakistan announced measures which appear to be jittery.

Pakistan as a fallout of Parliament Pakistan has asked India to withdraw its High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria and, for now, India has decided not to send its new High Commissioner to take up his India posting. Also Pakistan ordered changes in routes by Indian flights through its airspace. India, on its part, issued a security alert at 19 airports and deployed additional security personnel apart from regular deployment at airports. Sources said the closure of one air corridor requiring a maximum of 12 minutes of diversion would not really affect airlines.

After the second meeting in a week of the National Security Committee comprising top Cabinet Ministers and Pakistan Army officers, Pakistan also suspended bilateral trade and decided to step up diplomatic outreach, including approaching the UN and UN Security Council over Kashmir.

Pakistan will also review bilateral arrangements and observe its Independence Day on August 14 in solidarity with the “brave Kashmiris and their just struggle for their right of self-determination”. India’s Independence Day on August 15 will be observed as a “Black Day”, resolved Pakistan’s National Security Committee. There is, however, no word on the fate of Kartarpur corridor. The Pakistan PM has directed that all diplomatic channels be activated to launch a broadside against India.

 

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