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Written by : Info Box Team
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Pakistan has decided to expel Indian High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria and suspend bilateral trade with India in the wake of the Modi government's move of revoking special status for Jammu and Kashmir.

The decision was taken on Wednesday at a meeting of Pakistan's National Security Committee (NSC) presided by Prime Minister Imran Khan to review the situation following the Indian government's move on Kashmir.

"We will call back our ambassador from Delhi and send back their envoy," Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said.

Earlier, Qureshi spoke on the developments as the government released a statement following the NSC meeting, declaring that Pakistan will suspend trade with India in a "downgrading of diplomatic ties", review bilateral arrangements, take the matter to the UN and observe Pakistan's Independence Day on August 14 in solidarity with Kashmiris.

India has been conveyed the decision, the Pakistan Foreign Office said.

In a formal statement, the Foreign Office spokesperson said: "Pursuant to the decision of the National Security Committee today, the Government of India has been told to withdraw its High Commissioner to Pakistan.

"The Indian Government has also been informed that Pakistan will not be sending its High Commissioner-designate (Moin ul-Haq) to India."

The statement released after the NSC meeting said: "The Prime Minister directed that all diplomatic channels be activated to expose brutal Indian racist regime, design and human rights violations."

"Independence Day this August 14 to be observed in solidarity with brave Kashmiris and their just struggle for their right of self-determination," the statement read. "August 15 will be observed as Black Day," the statement added.

Meanwhile, Pakistan has also partially closed its airspace amid growing tensions with India over the abrogation of Article 370.

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