Pakistan said it will approach the International Court of Justice (ICJ) over the Kashmir issue on Tuesday, August 20th, after New Delhi revoked the special status of its part of the region earlier this month, Reuters has reported.
Pakistan's foreign minister, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, said, "We have decided to take the Kashmir case to the International Court of Justice. The decision was taken after considering all legal aspects," according to ARY News TV.
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 added.
A decision by the court would be advisory only. However, if both countries agreed before-hand, the ruling would become binding.
The furious reaction of Islamabad to the revoking led to cutting of trade, transport links and expelling India's ambassador.
In response, a spokesman for India's foreign ministry did not immediately comment as India denies committing human rights violations in Kashmir.