Pak­istani PM Wel­comes UN Meet­ing on Kash­mir Is­sue

Fiji Sun - - Asia News -

Pak­istani Prime Min­is­ter Im­ran Khan on Satur­day wel­comed the meet­ing of the United Na­tions Se­cu­rity Coun­cil (UNSC) to dis­cuss the Kash­mir is­sue.

The Se­cu­rity Coun­cil last Fri­day held an in­for­mal con­sul­ta­tion on the In­dia-Pak­istan ques­tion and lis­tened to the brief­ings given by the UN Sec­re­tar­iat on the sit­u­a­tion in Jammu and Kash­mir and the work of the United Na­tions Mil­i­tary Ob­server Group in In­dia and Pak­istan (UNMOGIP).

The Coun­cil mem­bers said they are deeply con­cerned about the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion and hope that the rel­e­vant par­ties will ex­er­cise re­straint and not take uni­lat­eral ac­tion that will es­ca­late ten­sions. They called on the two sides to prop­erly re­solve the is­sue through

di­a­logue.

“It is for the first time in over 50 years that the world’s high­est di­plo­matic fo­rum has taken up this is­sue. There are 11 UNSC res­o­lu­tions re­it­er­at­ing the Kash­miris right to self-de­ter­mi­na­tion,” the Pak­istani prime min­is­ter wrote on Twit­ter. Pak­istan had called for the UN meet­ing to dis­cuss the sit­u­a­tion in Kash­mir fol­low­ing the In­dian gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion on Au­gust 5 to re­voke the spe­cial sta­tus of In­di­an­con­trolled Kash­mir.

Af­ter In­dia’s de­ci­sion, Pak­istan in re­ac­tion down­graded its di­plo­matic ties and sus­pended trade re­la­tions and train ser­vices swith In­dia.

Pak­istani For­eign Min­is­ter Shah Mah­mood Qureshi presided over a meet­ing of a spe­cial com­mit­tee of po­lit­i­cal par­ties on Satur­day to dis­cuss a joint strat­egy in the pre­vail­ing sit­u­a­tion fol­low­ing the In­dian gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion, the for­eign of­fice said.

Af­ter­wards, Mr Qureshi told the me­dia that the gov­ern­ment and the op­po­si­tion par­ties in Pak­istan are on the same page on Kash­mir is­sue.

Pak­istani Prime Min­is­ter Im­ran Khan.

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