Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi Thursday said that Pakistan is ready to review its decision against India if New Delhi agreed to reconsider its actions on Kashmir. “Are they ready to review their decisions? If they do, we can also review our decisions. Review will be on both sides. That is what Simla (agreement) says,” Qureshi was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.
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Meanwhile, Governor Satya Pal Malik took stock of the law and order situation in the Valley ahead of Eid-ul-Azha celebrations in the coming week and instructed officials to make arrangements for the return of outside students who wish to go home for Eid. Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation today on the government’s decision to revoke the provisions of Article 370 which gave special autonomous status to Jammu-Kashmir and called it a ‘historic decision’.
Earlier today, India expressed regret over Pakistan downgrading diplomatic relations and urged Islamabad to review its decision so that “normal channels for diplomatic communications are preserved.” After the Centre announced to end the special status of Jammu and Kashmir bifurcate the state into two Union Territories, Pakistan on Wednesday asked New Delhi to withdraw its High Commissioner from Islamabad and said it would not be sending its High Commissioner-designate to India.