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UNSC meeting confirms Kashmir not an ‘internal matter’ of India

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NEW YORK: The United Nations Security Council’s (UNSC) special meeting on Friday affirmed the disputed status of Indian Occupied Kashmir. It also called upon both Pakistan and India to exercise restraint and refrain from unilateral actions that would aggravate the situation.

During a Press briefing, Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Dr. Maleeha Lodhi said that the 15-member UNSC had taken notice of the Kashmiris’ plight due to blatant human rights violations by the Indian occupational forces.

“The people of Jammu and Kashmir may be locked up and their voices not heard in their own homes and their own land, but their voices were heard today at the meeting of the United Nations Security Council. It is for the first time in 50 years that the world body has reaffirmed that Kashmir is not India’s internal issue as it is an internationally recognized dispute.”

She added, “Pakistan has, and always will, continue to highlight the gross human rights violations against the Muslims of Kashmir who are seeking their right to self-determination.”

The ambassador said that India had made desperate attempts to thwart the meeting but the member states had ignored its pleas.

Prior to Lodhi’s briefing, Chinese Ambassador to the United Nations Zhang Jun held a press conference to discuss with the media China’s stance on the issue.

He said that the Security Council members “have expressed their serious concern” regarding the current situation in occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

“They are also concerned about the human rights situation there and also, it is the general view of the members that parties concerned should refrain from taking any unilateral action which might further aggravate the tension there,” he said.

Presenting China’s standpoint, the ambassador said, “China holds the view that the issue of Kashmir is an issue that is left from history between India and Pakistan. According to the relevant Security Council resolutions, the status of Kashmir is undecided and it is an internationally recognized dispute.”

He emphasized, “The Kashmir issue should be resolved properly through peaceful means in accordance with the UN charter, the relevant Security Council resolutions, and bilateral agreements. This represents the international community’s consensus.”

“It’s obvious that the constitutional amendment by India has changed the status quo in Kashmir causing tensions in the region.

“China is deeply concerned about the current situation and opposes any unilateral action that complicates the situation and we call upon the relevant parties to exercise restraint and act prudently and in particular, we oppose actions that will aggravate the tensions,” said the Chinese ambassador.

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