UN SC to discuss Kashmir issue on Friday

NEW YORK, Aug 15 (INP): In a major diplomatic breakthrough for Pakistan on an international level, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) will discuss India’s decision to revoke the special status of occupied Kashmir on Friday.

Speaking to reporters, the UNSC President Joanna Wronecka said, “The UNSC will discuss the Jammu and Kashmir situation behind closed doors most likely on August 16.”

When asked about the timing of the meeting, Wronecka said, “Most probably on Friday as the Security Council would not operate on Thursday.” The council has taken up the issue of the critical situation in Indian-occupied Kashmir after almost 50 years. On August 13, Pakistan had asked the UNSC for an urgent meeting to meet over India’s decision to revoke the special status of occupied Kashmir, the Himalayan region that has long been a flashpoint in ties between the nuclear-armed neighbours. Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi made the request in a letter to UNSC President Wronecka, seeking to participate in the meeting under the agenda item ‘India-Pakistan question’. “Pakistan will not provoke a conflict. But India should not mistake our restraint for weakness,” Qureshi wrote in a letter to the UNSC. INP/AK