As India scrapped Article 370, Pakistan National Committee decided to take some actions, which includes the downgrading of diplomatic relations with India, suspension of bilateral trade with India and review of bilateral arrangements. Meanwhile, India gave Pakistan a befitting reply and said, “We have seen reports that Pakistan has decided to take certain unilateral actions with respect to its bilateral relations with India. This includes the downgrading of our diplomatic relations.”
Likewise, Ministry of External Affairs said, “It is not surprising that such developmental initiatives that could address any disaffection in Jammu and Kashmir should be negatively perceived in Pakistan, which has utilized such sentiments to justify its cross-border terrorism.”
It further said, “The recent developments pertaining to Article 370 are entirely the internal affair of India. The Constitution of India was, is and will always be a sovereign matter. Seeking to interfere in that jurisdiction by invoking an alarmist vision of the region will never succeed.”
“The Government of India regrets the steps announced by Pakistan yesterday and would urge that country to review them so that normal channels for diplomatic communications are preserved”, said Ministry of External Affairs.