Kashmir crisis: Pakistan to close all routes including ports for India

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International desk, August 27: Pakistani Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry on Tuesday announced that the federal cabinet was considering restoration of a complete ban on the use of Pakistani airspace for Indian flights.Taking to Twitter, the minister revealed that a blanket ban on the use of Pakistani land routes for India’s trade with Afghanistan was also suggested during today’s cabinet meeting.

He said the legal formalities for these decisions to take effect were under consideration.

“Modi has started we’ll finish!” the minister wrote, in a reference to the Indian prime minister’s move to revoke occupied Kashmir’s special autonomy earlier this month.

PM is considering a complete closure of Air Space to India, a complete ban on use of Pakistan Land routes for Indian trade to Afghanistan was also suggested in cabinet meeting,legal formalities for these decisions are under consideration… #Modi has started we ll finish!

The minister’s tweet comes a day after Prime Minister Imran took the nation into confidence on the government’s strategy regarding Indian-occupied Kashmir through a national address, vowing that Pakistan “will go to any lengths” to support the cause of the oppressed Kashmiri people.

On August 5, the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi stripped Kashmiris of the constitutional rights they had for seven decades through a rushed presidential order. An indefinite curfew was imposed in occupied Kashmir and elected leaders were put under house arrest.

By repealing Article 370 of the constitution, people from the rest of India will now have the right to acquire property in Kashmir and settle there permanently. Kashmiris as well as critics of India’s Hindu nationalist-led government see the move as an attempt to dilute the demographics of Muslim-majority Kashmir with Hindu settlers.

Furthermore, Indian Home Minister Amit Shah, who is also president of the BJP, moved a bill — passed by the Indian parliament — to bifurcate the state into two union territories to be directly ruled by New Delhi.

Pakistan angrily slammed the decision, expelling India’s ambassador, suspending bilateral trade, and taking the matter to the United Nations Security Council.

The country observed a ‘Black Day’ on Aug 15 to coincide with India’s independence day celebrations, in solidarity with the people of occupied Kashmir.

Prime Minister Imran, meanwhile, has pledged to take up the responsibility of raising voice of the Kashmiri people at every forum of the world. “I will be the ambassador of your cause across the globe,” he said earlier this month.

Source: The Dawn