The United Nations Security Council will hold a rare meeting on Kashmir on Friday on the request of Pakistan and China. This is the first time Kashmir is being discussed by the Security Council since 1965.
The decision to discuss the thorny issue of Kashmir at the United Nations has come in the wake of a request from Pakistan and China. The meeting, according to media reports, is likely to be held behind closed doors at 7.30 pm India time.
“China asked for closed consultations on the Security Council agenda item ‘India Pakistan Question’. The request was in reference to the Pakistani letter to Security Council President,” news agency PTI quoted a diplomat as saying.
Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi reportedly sent a formal to UNSC president Joanna Wronecka through the country’s Permanent Representative Maleha Lodhi to convene the meeting.
The development comes days after the Indian government revoked Article 370, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir. The Indian government’s decision 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.
Meanwhile, Mufti’s daughter Iltija Javed has written to Home Minister Amit Shah Iltija saying that she had been ‘threatened with dire consequences’ if she spoke to the media again. Javed said that she too had been kept under detention adding that ‘Kashmiris have been caged like animals and deprived of basic human rights.’
Meanwhile, during his bilateral talk with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Monday, Indian Foreign Minister S Jaishankar said that India’s decision to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir was an internal matter for India.