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Pakistan to take Kashmir dispute with India to World Court

Reuters logo Reuters 20/8/2019 By Asif Shahzad

ISLAMABAD, Aug 20 (Reuters) - Pakistan said on Tuesday it would take its dispute with India over Kashmir to the International Court of Justice, after New Delhi revoked the special status of its part of the region earlier this month .

Islamabad reacted with fury to that decision, cutting trade and transport links and expelling India's ambassador.

"We have decided to take the Kashmir case to the International Court of Justice," Pakistan's foreign minister, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, told ARY News TV on Tuesday. "The decision was taken after considering all legal aspects."

Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi (L) and military spokesman Maj Genreal Asif Ghafoor (R) talk during a press conference at the foreign ministry in Islamabad on August 17, 2019. - Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan on August 17, welcomed the UN Security Council's decision to discuss tensions in the disputed region of Kashmir, a day after India slammed the rare meeting. © FAROOQ NAEEM/AFP/Getty Images Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi (L) and military spokesman Maj Genreal Asif Ghafoor (R) talk during a press conference at the foreign ministry in Islamabad on August 17, 2019. - Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan on August 17, welcomed the UN Security Council's decision to discuss tensions in the disputed region of Kashmir, a day after India slammed the rare meeting. The case would centre on alleged human rights violations by India in Muslim-majority Kashmir, which both countries claim in full but rule in part, Qureshi said.

A decision by the court would advisory only. However, if both countries agreed before-hand, the ruling would become binding.

A spokesman for India's foreign ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment. India denies committing human rights violations in Kashmir. (Reporting by Asif Shahzad, editing by Alasdair Pal)

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