Pakistan says it will refer Kashmir case to International Court of Justice

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Pakistan said on Tuesday it would refer the Kashmir dispute with India to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) after New Delhi abolished the special status of its part of the territory this month.

Islamabad reacted angrily to the decision, cutting trade and transport links and expelling the Indian ambassador.

“We have decided to refer the Kashmir issue to the International Court of Justice,” Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi told Ari News television. “The decision was made after taking all legal aspects into account.”

Qureshi said the case would focus on human rights abuses that are alleged to be committed by India in Muslim-majority Kashmir, which both countries claim full sovereignty but each ruled in part.

The decision of the Court is only advisory. However, the ruling would be binding if the two countries agreed in advance.

An Indian Foreign Ministry spokesman has yet to respond to a request for comment. India denies human rights violations in Kashmir.

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