India on Friday said that the Friday’s closed-door meeting over Kashmir at the United Nations Security Council had no external ramifications. Speaking to reporters after the UNSC meeting, Syed Akbaruddin, India’s permanent ambassador to the United Nations, said, “These have no external ramifications, the recent decisions taken by the government of India and our legislative bodies are intended to ensure that good governance is promoted, social-economic development is enhanced for our people in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.”
Akbaruddin also took a swipe at Pakistan by slamming it for adopting an ‘alarmist approach’ on today’s closed-door meeting. “We note that there were some who tried to project an alarmist approach to the situation which is far from the ground realities. Of particular concern is that one state is using the terminology of jihad against and promoting violence in India including by their leaders.”
#WATCH: Syed Akbaruddin, India’s Ambassador to UN says,”so, let me start by coming across to you and shaking hands. All three of you,” to a Pakistani journalist when asked,”when will you begin a dialogue with Pakistan?” pic.twitter.com/0s06XAaasl
— ANI (@ANI) August 16, 2019
Pakistan had approached the United Nations to convene an emergency meeting of the Security Council to discuss the Indian government’s decision to revoke Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistan had received support from its ally China. Akbaruddin said that India was committed to gradually removing all restrictions in Kashmir, which has been under complete lockdown since 5 August. Akbaruddin said that ‘the change (of Jammu and Kashmir’s status) is internal to India.’ “India remains committed to ensure that the situation there (in Jammu and Kashmir) remains calm and peaceful,” Akbaruddin added.
The Indian government’s decision to scrap Article 370 had coincided with the arrests of several top Kashmiri leaders, all part of India’s mainstream political set-up. They included three former chief ministers namely Farooq Abdullah, his son Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti.