United Nations, August 15, 2019 (PPI-OT): Pakistan got major diplomatic breakthrough at international level against India as the UN Security Council (UNSC) has granted the country’s request to discuss on Friday the India’s decision to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.
The UNSC will discuss the Jammu and Kashmir situation behind closed doors most likely on 16 August, UNSC President Joanna Wronecka told reporters on Wednesday.
“Most probably on Friday,” Wronecka said when asked about the timing of the meeting. The Security Council would not operate on Thursday, she added.
India has got off the ground full-throttled efforts to get the meeting postponed or cancelled as the UNSC decision is being considered as a snub to the country. The council has taken up the issue of critical situation, involving also humanitarian crisis, in occupied Kashmir after almost 50 years.
China supported Pakistan’s request for the UNSC meeting to discuss the revocation of Article-370 that grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir, and asked for the body to meet behind closed doors on Thursday or Friday, diplomats said.
Meanwhile, a Russian representative at the council said his country will not object to the meeting. “Moscow doesn’t object to holding such a meeting, but the matter should be discussed behind closed doors,” said Russia’s acting UN envoy, Dmitry Polyansky, while talking to reporters on Wednesday.
The Pakistan request for an urgent meeting was contained in a letter from Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi that Pakistan’s envoy to the UN Maleeha Lodhi presented to Polish Ambassador Joanna Wronecka, who is the president of the 15-member council for the month of August.
Maleeha Lodhi had earlier this month met President of UN Security Council for the month of August Polish Ambassador Joanna Wronecka and apprised her of the grim situation of occupied Kashmir.
On August 5, New Delhi announced that it was revoking Article 370 of the country’s constitution that granted a special status to Jammu and Kashmir, and also dividing the territory up into two union territories. Pakistan strongly condemned the move.
The situation in occupied Kashmir is very grim since the night of August 04 when India imposed curfew and communication blockade to prevent people from staging demonstration against the repeal of Article 370. The occupied territory remains cut off from the rest of the world since then.
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