Pakistan will ‘send back’ Indian High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria, foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi announced on Wednesday, days after New Delhi stripped the disputed region of its special autonomy.
“We will call back our ambassador from Delhi and send back their envoy,” said foreign minister in televised comments.
Pakistan will also suspend trade with India in a downgrading of diplomatic ties between the arch rivals; the government released a statement amid the condition in occupied Kashmir.
Pakistan vowed to take Kashmir’s matter to the United Nations Security Council.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government decision to tighten control on the Muslim-majority Kashmir had been widely expected to trigger conflict with Pakistan and reignite an insurgency that has already cost tens of thousands of lives.
India insisted that the move is an internal matter.
Kashmir has been divided between Pakistan and India since independence in 1947.
A day before, Prime Minister Imran Khan accused Modi of anti-Muslim agenda and vowed to fight the issue “on every forum” and demanded the international community take necessary action.
The Pakistani military has also said it “firmly stands” with Kashmiris.