UN discusses Kashmir for third time since India ended autonomy

Al Jazeera | Published: 5:00 AM Aug 7 2020
Local UN discusses Kashmir for third time since India ended autonomy

The UN Security Council discussed disputed Kashmir at Pakistan's request on 05 August for the third time since India's Hindu nationalist Government decided to end the Muslim-majority region's semi-autonomy a year ago.

The UN's most powerful body did not take any action or issue a statement after the virtual meeting, held behind closed doors.

Nonetheless, Pakistan's Foreign Minister, Shah Mahmood Qureshi said afterwards that 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'."

On 05 August 2019, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Government stripped Indian-administered Kashmir's statehood, scrapped its separate constitution and removed inherited protections on land and jobs.

But the Government said the change was necessary to develop the disputed region and integrate it with the rest of India, but it infuriated many Kashmiris as well as neighbouring Pakistan.

Qureshi said in remarks circulated by Pakistan's UN mission, 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."

Al Jazeera | Published: 5:00 AM Aug 7 2020

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