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Pakistan raises its voice after the revocation of Indian Kashmir autonomy

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Pakistani Prime Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi in Islamabad on August 20, 2018. Faisal Mahmood / REUTERS

In view of the historical conflict between Pakistan and India over Kashmir, Islamabad's overture after New Delhi's decision to revoke, on Monday, August 5, The constitutional autonomy of the Indian party had somewhat surprised the observers. Three days later, Pakistan finally decided to raise the tone on a subject that has already caused several wars between the two countries. Foreign Affairs Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said his government had decided to expel the Indian ambassador to Islamabad and to recall his from New Delhi. He added that his country was also suspending trade with his neighbor.

"We will fight against this [mesure] before all instances, including the UN Security Council "

Pakistan, which claims, since the partition with India in 1947, of Jammu and Kashmir, now under Indian control, had at first simply described as " Illa © gale" the New Delhi decision. Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan then announced on Tuesday that he would bring the issue to international forums. "We will fight against this [mesure] before all instances, including the UN Security Council "Khan said in front of the Pakistani parliamentarians, adding that his government also intended to seize the International Criminal Court. On Thursday, India responded that "Kashmir [était] an internal affair.

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The head of the Pakistani government has tried, moreover, to put pressure on the international community: "If the world does not act today (Â € |) then the situation will reach a stage of which we will not be responsible. AT" India and Pakistan are two nuclear powers. At the end of February, the two countries had still clashed militarily, in the form of limited air combat, after a suicide attack in Indian Kashmir, claimed by a Pakistani Islamist group. having killed forty Indian paramilitaries.

Gathering little followed

Wednesday was a new meeting of the National Security Committee, which was attended by key ministers and Pakistani generals for whom the Kashmir issue remains the most sensitive topic of the country, far away before the instability of Afghanistan or the tribal areas. The Pakistani army chief of staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, had expressed the day before in a Tweet that the armed forces of the Republic of Armenia country "Stood firm" alongside the inhabitants of Kashmir. He added: "We are ready and we will do everything to fulfill our obligations. AT"