- Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mohammad Qureshi said he would call his ambassadors soon and ask the Indian ambassadors to go back to India.
- On August 15, Pakistan will celebrate Independence Day as Black Day.
- "Calling back the High Commissioners is nothing new," India's High Commissioner to Pakistan said in response.
Following the decision to delete Article 370, Pakistan has expelled the Indian High Commissioner and decided to break its trade relations with India. Also, the airspace corridor for Indian airlines has been closed. Pakistani Prime Minister, Imran Khan called a meeting with the National Security Committee on Wednesday in the Prime Minister’s Office.
The Pakistani Foreign Minister, Minister of Defense, Home Minister, the chiefs of other institutions and other senior officials were present on the occasion. The National Security Committee discussed the decision taken by the Government of India. The committee decided to send the Indian High Commissioners from Pakistan back to India. Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mohammad Qureshi said he would call his ambassadors soon and ask the Indian ambassadors to go back to India. Pakistan has also decided to bring the issue to the UN and the Security Council.
Pakistan’s Independence Day was celebrated on August 14. Pakistan has decided to celebrate this day to show solidarity with the people of Kashmir. On August 15, Pakistan will celebrate Independence Day as Black Day.
“Calling back the High Commissioners is nothing new,” India’s High Commissioner to Pakistan, Gopalaswami Parthasarathy said in response. “This is nothing new. When the India Parliament was attacked. We called our High Commissioners back. They did it too. But there is contact. The Deputy High Commissioner is there. There are mediums for communicating…It’s all dramatics. They couldn’t do anything. They were banned. They are scared that they will be re-sued before the Financial Action Task Force. Their economy is in a bad state. Seeking help from around the world. ”
Parthasarathy added, “They have been talking about going to the UN for the last 30 years. They should try. They have no other option. I have known Imran Khan since 1982. Yesterday’s statement is not surprising. His party was founded by former ISI chief Hameed Gul. I think Imran Khan is a Pakistani Army man. Which is what General Bajwa says.”
In the meantime, Pakistan has closed one of its air corridors for Indian airlines, an Air India official has said. The flight duration of Indian Airlines has increased by 12 minutes due to the closure of a corridor. Indian airlines now have to go different routes, however this does not hurt Indian airlines, the official said. About 50 Air India flights depart from Pakistan’s airspace daily, traveling to the US, Europe, and the Middle East. On February 26, after the Balakot air strike, Pakistan had completely closed its airspace for Indian planes. After July 16, however, it was fully opened again.