Srinagar: The UN Security Council discussed Kashmir at Pakistan’s request on Wednesday for the third time since the derogation of Article 370 by the centre last year, Al Jazeera reported.
The United Nations’s most powerful body, however, did not take any action or issue a statement after the virtual meeting held behind closed doors.
Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, however, said afterwards that holding the meeting signified “that Jammu and Kashmir is an international dispute firmly on the agenda of the Security Council and has nullified, yet another time, the Indian self-serving claim that it is an ‘internal matter’.”
In his remarks circulated by Pakistan’s UN mission, Qureshi said that the international community “should exercise its moral, legal and political authority to call out India to reverse the tide of impunity and stop genocide of the Kashmiri people.”
He urged India to reverse its unilateral actions, stop human rights and ceasefire violations, remove restrictions on communications, movement and peaceful assembly and immediately release Kashmiri leaders.
The Pakistani minister expressed gratitude to the 15 UNSC members, especially China, for their support in organising the meeting in the face of India’s “desperate attempts to prevent this discussion”. When it went ahead, Qureshi said India tried “to minimise the importance and significance of the meeting”.
“China is seriously concerned about the current situation in Kashmir and the relevant military actions. We oppose unilateral actions that will complicate the situation,” China’s mission to the UN in New York said in a statement.
India’s new UN Ambassador TS Tirumurti tweeted after the meeting: “Another attempt by Pakistan fails!”
“In today’s meeting of UN Security Council which was closed, informal, not recorded and without any outcome, almost all countries underlined that J&K (Jammu and Kashmir) was bilateral issue & did not deserve time and attention of Council,” he wrote.
With inputs from Al Jazeera