Ready to review decision against India if New Delhi agrees to reconsider its actions on Kashmir: Pak


ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Thursday said that Pakistan is ready to review its decision against India if New Delhi agreed to reconsider its actions on Kashmir.

Qureshi's remarks came a day after Pakistan expelled the Indian High Commissioner as part of its decision to downgrade the diplomatic ties with India over what it called New Delhi's "unilateral and illegal" move to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.

Pakistan also announced that it will review all "bilateral arrangements" with India.

India has said Jammu and Kashmir was an integral part of India and the issue was strictly internal to the country.

"Are they ready to review their decisions? If they do, we can also review our decisions. A review will be on both sides. That is what Simla agreement says," Qureshi said.

He also said Pakistan will legally examine the Simla agreement.

“The bilateral agreements with India would be reviewed by the special committee set up by the Prime Minister”, he said.

The Simla Agreement signed by then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and then Pakistan President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto on July 1972 was a comprehensive blueprint for good neighbourly relations between India and Pakistan.

On Monday, the government had revoked some provisions of Article 370 to take away Jammu and Kashmir's special status and brought in a bill for splitting the state into two Union territories, Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah later withdrew the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (2nd Amendment) Bill, 2019, in Lok Sabha, saying that the clauses incorporated in the legislation will automatically come into effect in the two new Union Territories.

On Tuesday, the Parliament had approved a resolution abrogating special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Constitution and a bill for splitting the state into two Union Territories.


With inputs from PTI



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