Pakistan will not take military option over Kashmir but hopes to turn to political and diplomatic means, Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Thursday.
Qureshi made the remarks at a news conference in Islamabad, adding that Pakistan reserves the right to respond to any Indian aggressive options.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government announced Monday it was revoking the special rights granted to the disputed majority Muslim Himalayan region, which is claimed by both New Delhi and Islamabad.
The unprecedented move fueled tensions between the nuclear-armed rival nations, which have already fought two wars over Kashmir.
On Monday, India announced the removal of the “special status” of India-controlled Kashmir.
Pakistan on Wednesday decided to suspend bilateral trade and downgrade its diplomatic relations with India in a meeting of the National Security Committee chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Addressing the joint session, Fakhar Imam, chairman of the Pakistan's National Assembly's Committee on Kashmir, said that Kashmir is an internationally recognized dispute on the agenda of the United Nations Security Council, and the Indian move posed a great threat to peace, security and stability in South Asia.