Today, the UN Security Council will meet to discuss India’s decision to revoke Article 370, which gave special status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir after Pakistan wrote a letter on the issue to the UN.
Pakistan’s closest ally, China has asked for “closed consultations” in the UN Security Council, which will meet at 10 am local time (7:30 pm IST) to discuss the matter. A source of the world body said China has asked for closed consultations on the Security Council agenda item ‘India Pakistan Question’.
The diplomat said, “The request was in reference to the Pakistani letter to the UN Security Council President.” The Council’s schedule said, “Security Council consultations (closed) India/Pakistan” listed for 10 am.
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.
After India decided to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan soon after called for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss India’s move.
Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi wrote a formal letter to the president of the UN Security Council, Polish Ambassador Joanna Wronecka, through Pakistan’s Permanent Representative at the UN Maleha Lodhi to convene the meeting.
Mr. Qureshi also stated that China supported Pakistan on the issue and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told him he believed “China will stand up for justice on the Kashmir issue”.
However, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar conveyed that the decision to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir was an internal matter for India. He claimed that India has taken the move aiming to promote better governance and socio-economic development and there is the implication for either the Line of Control (LoC) with Pakistan or the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China.