Protesters marched through the streets of Islamabad on Wednesday, demanding the expulsion of the
High Commission of India from Pakistan, as tensions rise over the disputed territory of Kashmir following India's removal of the Muslim-majority region's special autonomy.
Many carried signs accusing India of brutality and urged Pakistani authorities to suspend diplomatic ties with the neighbouring... Еще country. Protesters also urged the international community to intervene against alleged assaults perpetrated against women in Kashmir.
«We demand the right of self-determination for Kashmiris through a ballot to decide whether they want to live with India or Pakistan», said a lawyer who took part in the protest, who defined «aggression» India's decision to strip out Kashmir of its special constitutional status.
On Monday, Delhi's government ended Kashmir's special autonomy, cutting off all communication links within the country and to the external world, and suspending schools and colleges. Security forces were deployed in the streets to restrict public movement.
The move provoked harsh reactions in Pakistan, leading Islamabad's authorities to announce they would cut bilateral trade with India and expel the Indian ambassador.