UNSC meeting reaffirmation of its resolutions on Kashmir: PM

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Staff Report

Islamabad

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday hailed the UN Security Council’s closed door consultative meeting on Kashmir was.

“I welcome the UNSC meeting to discuss the serious situation in Occupied Jammu and Kashmir”, the Prime Minister tweeted.

The premier noted that it was for the first time in over five decades that the “world’s highest diplomatic forum” had taken up the issue of occupied Kashmir and the serious situation prevailing there.

“There are 11 UNSC resolutions reiterating the Kashmiris right to self-determination. And the UNSC meeting was a reaffirmation of these resolutions,” the prime minister wrote.

He said it was, therefore, the responsibility of the Security Council to address the suffering of the Kashmiri people and ensure the resolution of the Kashmir dispute.

Separately, talking to PTI leader Babar Awan who called him in PM House Saturday PM said that Pakistan had presented Kashmir case in UN in most befitting manner. World is listening and understanding Pakistan’s stance on Kashmir issue, adding, that Pakistan is heading towards right direction on Kashmir issue.

Imran Khan said we are thankful to the friendly countries for extending support to us on this grave matter. A detailed discussion was made with US President Donald Trump a day before. US president is also reviewing the matter seriously.

PM said he had informed President Trump about his apprehension on   imposition of curfew in Occupied Kashmir, crack down and possible ethnic cleansing of Muslims therein.  “I told President Trump that Pakistan would not budge even an inch from its stance on Kashmir.  Kashmir is a disputed matter at international level. India cannot take a unilateral decision on this issue.

Babar Awan while lauding PM courageous steps said he had placed hand on the pulse of the Muslim world by exposing Modi.  Indian narrative has been defeated in UN, he added.

For the first time since 1965, the UNSC had on Friday held a meeting exclusively on occupied Jammu and Kashmir, nullifying India’s claim that this was an internal matter.

Although the council did not agree on a statement, China’s UN Ambassador Zhang Jun summed up the discussions, expressing serious concern over the situation.

“The UNSC members are concerned about the human rights situation there and they (want) the parties concerned to refrain from taking any unilateral action that might further aggravate the tension there since the situation is already very tense and very dangerous,” he said.

Pakistan’s Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi said the meeting brought the Kashmir dispute back to the world’s most influential panel and also highlighted the atrocities Indian troops are committing in the occupied region.

“The voice of the Kashmiri people resonated in the chambers of the world’s highest diplomatic forum today,” she said. “The whole world is discussing the occupied state. This is an international dispute.”