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Pakistan requests UN Security Council meeting over India revoking Kashmir autonomy Pakistan requests UN Security Council meeting over Kashmir row with India
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Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said he penned a letter to the head of the UN Security Council asking to convene an emergency meeting over India’s removal of special status from the disputed Kashmir region. In a video message on Tuesday, Qureshi said that Islamabad deems India’s actions in Kashmir “illegal” and in violation of UN resolutions. Pakistan has called on the UN Security Council members to address the “aggressive actions” of India after New Delhi scrapped Kashmir’s autonomy and initiated a curfew in parts of the region.
“It is a mistake on the part of India if it thought that it could crush the right of self-determination of the people of Kashmir,” he said, adding that the whole of Pakistan stands in solidarity with the Muslim-majority region. Earlier, Qureshi admitted that it would be hard to tip the balance in the UNSC in Pakistan’s favor, since India has become a force too potent to not be reckoned with, especially in terms of the economy. He added that Islamabad would need a “new struggle” to win international support for its cause. India’s “recent aggressive actions” violate international law and “willfully undermine the internationally recognized disputed status of Jammu and Kashmir,” Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi wrote in a letter to the UN Security Council, as cited by AP.
India revoked the self-governing status of the territory last week, with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) arguing that the controversial move would allow for a smoother integration of Kashmir into India and would help the government quell local insurgency. Earlier this month, India revoked the decades-old self-governing status of Kashmir. The authorities insist the change will help combat terrorism and better integrate the region into the rest of the country. Fearing outbreaks of violence, India imposed a curfew in parts of Kashmir, promising to phase out the restrictions in the future.
Like this story? Share it with a friend! Islamabad, which considers the whole of Kashmir its territory, strongly opposes the move. Prime Minister Imran Khan has warned that India’s policies will lead to violence if the international community fails to intervene.
“Pakistan will not provoke a conflict. But India should not mistake our restraint for weakness,” Qureshi told the UN Security Council members. The diplomat said Pakistan will retaliate if India “chooses to resort again to the use of force.”
The bitter rivals nearly went to war with each other in February. Cross-border shelling and open aerial combat took place, prompted by an air raid into Pakistan, targeting what India said were camps of a militant group that carried out terrorist attacks on its soil.
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