The UN Security Council is holding a meeting today to discuss India revoking the special status of Jammu and Kashmir after Pakistan wrote a letter on the issue to the world body.
China, the closest ally of Pakistan, asked for “closed consultations” in the Council, which will meet at 10 am (7:30pm IST) to discuss the matter.
According to UN records, the last time “the Security Council addressed the dispute between India and Pakistan over the territories of Jammu and Kashmir” under agenda item ‘The India-Pakistan question’ was in 1964-65. Then, by a letter dated January 16, 1964, the representative of Pakistan had requested the President of the Council to “convene an immediate meeting” of the Council to consider the Kashmir situation.
India had asserted that the Pakistani request was “a propaganda move.” The issue of Kashmir was also raised under a separate agenda item ‘Situation in the India/Pakistan subcontinent’ in 1969-1971.
Following India’s decision to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan formally called for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss India, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said.
Qureshi has sent a formal letter to the president of the Security Council, Polish Ambassador Joanna Wronecka, through country’s Permanent Representative Maleha Lodhi to convene the meeting. Qureshi said the letter will also be shared with all members of the UNSC.
Qureshi had air-dashed to Beijing for consultation with the Chinese leadership on the issue of raising the Kashmir issue at the UNSC. He had also said that China backed Pakistan on the issue and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang told him he believed “China will stand up for justice on the Kashmir issue”.
During his bilateral meeting with China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Monday in Beijing, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar conveyed that the decision to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir was an internal matter for India.