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Pakistan says 'not looking at military option' over Kashmir dispute

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It condemned the deployment of more troops in the occupied Kashmir, firing and shelling on the Line of Control, and use of cluster munitions by the Indian troops along the LoC.

"Overseas Pakistanis must expose the real face of India which is going to start genocide of Kashmiris".

They (the Indian government) have got the mandate to do it (change Kashmir's status).

- February 14, 2019: A vehicle bombing of a paramilitary convoy in Indian-controlled Kashmir kills 40 Indian soldiers.

India revokes Kashmir's special statusBy Semi Turaga Thursday 08/08/2019Both India and Pakistan claim Kashmir in full but rule it in part.

On Tuesday, Pakistan's ally China also criticised India's decision to bifurcate the territory, which borders China, accusing it of undermining territorial sovereignty over Ladakh.

"I want to assure my Jammu and Kashmir colleagues that slowly things will become normal and their problems will reduce".

Mr Qureshi said he feared "genocide and ethnic cleansing" by India in Kashmir.

However, Pakistan has no moral authority to express concern for Kashmir.

Earlier, Pakistan's army chief, General Qamar Bajwa, said the military would "go to any extent" to support the people of Kashmir in their "just struggle".

Modi added: "This heaven on earth, our Jammu and Kashmir, will once again reach new heights of development and attract the whole world toward it. Ease of living will increase for our citizens".

Pakistan has suspended bilateral trade with India and will downgrade diplomatic ties in a bid to build pressure against its neighbour for changing the status of Kashmir.

This basically guaranteed Kashmir its special status, with special rights to have autonomy away from New Delhi.

Kashmir has been divided between Pakistan and India since the two countries gained independence in 1947.

Archrival Pakistan warned that both moves by India's Hindu nationalist-led government to diminish the volatile region's status could lead to war. Many people there remain holed up in their homes. The minister was referring to the train running from Lahore, Pakistan to India's capital New Delhi.

Modi's national security adviser Ajit Doval visited the region Wednesday to assess the law and order situation in the country's only Muslim-majority state where most people oppose Indian rule.

A petition was filed meanwhile in India's top court challenging the lockdown.

"We have seen reports that Pakistan has made a decision to take certain unilateral actions in respect to its bilateral relations with India", the foreign ministry said in a detailed response. "We were never consulted before India took this decision", Ghulam Mustafa said.

Neighbouring China has also voiced opposition to the Indian move, describing it as "unacceptable".

Every year, tens of thousands of people travel to Kashmir from various Indian states seeking work, mainly in masonry, carpentry and agriculture. He said the leaders of Hurriyat Conference like Ali Gilani, Umer Farooq and Yasin Malik have a clear stance but now other leaders are also against India's decision.