Islamabad, Aug 5 : Pakistan on Monday rejected India's decision to abrogate the Constitutional provision according special status to Jammu and Kashmir and and make the state a Union Territory. and pledged to exercise "all possible options" to counter what it called India's "illegal" and "unilateral" step.
The Foreign Office in a statement condemned the Indian government's decisions, terming Kashmir as an "internationally recognised disputed territory" and therefore, "no unilateral step by the Government of India can change this disputed status."
And as a "party" to this dispute, the statement said, "Pakistan will exercise all possible options to counter the illegal steps."
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Pakistan would appeal to the United Nations, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, friendly countries and human rights organisations not to remain silent on the issue.
"We intend to firmly highlight our stance in our meetings with the US delegation visiting Pakistan and with the International Community at large," Qureshi said in a tweet.
Also, President Arif Alvi summoned a joint session of Parliament to discuss the Indian move.
The joint sitting, to be held at 11 am on Tuesday, will review the situation in the Kashmir valley and along the Line of Control.