Pakistan has sent a letter to the UN Security Council (UNSC) regarding abrogation of Article 370 by India that granted a special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Joanna Wronecka, the UNSC President refused to comment on the letter as she said “No comments” while being asked for a reaction at a press conference.
In a recent meeting in Pakistan’s parliament, Pakistan’s permanent to the UN Maleeha Lodhi and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan where he stated that his government will take the matter to the world body.
Claiming abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir that it has violated the UNSC resolution, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi had written to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. Previously, he had urged to both India and Pakistan to exercise “maximum restraint” and stated that he was observing the situation in Jammu and Kashmir.
Stephane Dujarric, spokesperson of the UN Secretary-General said in a statement, “The Secretary-General also recalls the 1972 Agreement on bilateral relations between India and Pakistan, also known as the Simla Agreement, which states that the final status of Jammu and Kashmir is to be settled by peaceful means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations.”
“The Secretary-General calls on all parties to refrain from taking steps that could affect the status of Jammu and Kashmir,” said the statement.
Earlier this week, Indian Parliament passed a resolution to scrap Article 370 and a bill bifurcating Jammu and Kashmir into two territories after that the tensions between India and Pakistan escalated.
Rejecting the move, Islamabad said that it will exercise “all possible options” to counter the steps taken by New Delhi. On Wednesday, Pakistan decided to downgrade ties with India and suspended all bilateral trade activities in the aftermath of the scrapping of special status to Jammu and Kashmir.