Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Pakistan downgraded its diplomatic status with India on Wednesday after New Delhi stripped Jammu and Kashmir of its special autonomous status earlier in the week.
The Pakistani Parliament passed a resolution condemning India for its move, and the government expelled India's top diplomat. Pakistan also halted plans for its new ambassador, Moin-ul-Haq, to move to New Delhi and stopped trade with its neighbor.
The decisions came one day after India's government voted to end the special status for Jammu and Kashmir.
The state is part of the region of Kashmir, over which both India and Pakistan both claim control. Agreements after World War II, though, split the region into two autonomous states -- the India-administered Jammu and Kashmir and the Pakistan-administered Kashmir.
Despite the agreement, violence has plagued the region, including attacks in February.
India accused Pakistan of supporting anti-India separatists in Jammu and Kashmir. Indian Home Minister Amit Shah said allowing the region to operate with a certain amount of independence has sparked terrorism.
Jammu and Kashmir has been under lockdown since Tuesday's vote, with phone networks and Internet service cut and tens of thousands of troops patrolling the streets.