After, scrapping of Article 370 from the Indian Constitution which gave special status to Jammu & Kashmir, the situations have been hostile in Kashmir. Pakistan, however, seems to have been over-empathised with the condition of Kashmiris. Pakistan’s PM Imran Khan has announced that Pakistan will no longer have any trade relations with India. Not only this, but they have also expelled Indian Envoy from Pakistan’s Embassy.
The morning of 5th August 2019, was as normal for every Indian as every other morning, until the news came that Article 370 has been revoked from the Indian Constitution which gave special status to Jammu & Kashmir. As a result, J&K is now an undisputed part of India. It has been divided into two union territories viz J&K and Ladakh. The two union territories will now be operating under the central government. This news was not very well taken by many opposition parties as well as political leaders of the Kashmir Valley as well. Well, they do have a say in the matter because they have ruled the area for a good while since independence.
However, the last government that should get affected by it should be Pakistan. In a recent event, Pakistan’s PM Imran Khan announced that it will no longer maintain bilateral trade relations as well as no diplomatic relations with India. This happened after a marathon meeting of the National Security Council of Pakistan. NSC is the apex body for Pakistan’s security matters and is chaired by the PM. The prime purpose of the meet was to review the hostile situations of Kashmir (India) and along LOC and it was attended by Pakistan’s top security and personnel.
Pakistan’s PM made a tweet following the meeting which stated a list of things to be undertaken to protest the move by Indian Government. The states:
The tweet read:
“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 the UN, including the Security Council.
5-14th August to be observed in solidarity with brave Kashmiris,”
Not only this, but Pakistan also expelled India’s high commissioner Ajay Bisaria from the Embassy service in Pakistan. Pakistan stated that India’s decision to revoke Article 370 is unilateral, unbiassed and against human rights of the people of Kashmir. Pakistan claims to take the matter to the UN Security Council. Alongside, the country is also planning to close it’s gates, permanently at Wagha Border.
Just after the news of the revocation of Article 370 came forward, Pakistan’s PM gave a statement that Pakistan stands with Kashmiris in their tough times. This can be seen as a political move by the PM Imran Khan to gain attention and sympathy from Kashmiris.
Pakistan’s PM has also said that they will protest the move of Indian Government by dedicating 14th August (Pakistan’s Independence Day) as a day of solidarity while 15th August (India’s Independence Day) will be celebrated as Black Day in Pakistan for the pain of Kashmiris.
“Our ambassadors will no longer serve in New Delhi and their counterparts in Pakistan will also be sent back,” said Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi.
As per reports, Pakistan’s new ambassador-designate Moeen-ul-Haq has not yet arrived in India. Further, he has not yet presented any credentials, hence technically he is not even an official high commissioner.
As being reported, Pakistan has also closed down part of its air corridor for Indian Airlines to go through as a part of their protest. Many Indian officials have said this moves by Pakistan as an overreaction to the event in order to activate international attention.
“This is an over-reaction by Pakistan. The measures and steps taken are India’s internal & domestic matter. Pakistan has no locus stand in it. Of course, they are welcome to downgrade relations. By asking our HC to return to India, Pakistan is removing an important channel of communication.” said Gautam Bambawale, the former high commissioner.
A report that came this morning told that the United States has warned Pakistan, not to take any sustained, verifiable and irreversible actions against terrorist groups based in Pakistan, mainly in POK. An official from White House said in a report that the USA has warned Pakistan to take serious actions against terror groups specially Jaish-e-Mohammad and Lashkar-e-Taiba. Further, if any terrorist attack or activity takes place in India or at LOC, then it will be very problematic for Pakistan.
However, if experts are to be believed, Pakistan has put a blade on its own throat by cutting down diplomatic and trade relations with India because as far as the inter-dependence of the two nations is concerned, Pakistan relies on India way more than India does on Pakistan.
“The suspension of trade relations will hit Pakistan more badly as India is less dependent on Pakistan while the latter is more,” said Ajay Sahai, Director General of Federation of Indian Export Organisations.
The total amount of trade between the two nations in 2017-18 was worth $2.04 Billion. It accounts for only 0.31%of the total international trade of India, whereas it is equivalent to 3.20% of Pakistan’s total international trade. 10 times more than that of India.
Although, as far as India’s geography is concerned, Kashmir has always been a matter of dispute between the two nations Pakistan shall not have a say in the internal matters of India related to its geography, law and constitution. Also, it has always been Pakistan, from where all the terrorist funding and intriguing activities have taken place more specifically in Kashmir. It is like “Ulta Chor Kotwal ko Dante” and Indian phrase which literally translates to “Culrpits raging upon cops”.