UNSC Meeting: India Stands Strong on Its Position; Says That J&K Is “Entirely An Internal Matter”

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The UN Security Council meeting was held on Friday, August 16, 2019, because of Pakistan, being supported by China, to raise the matter of Kashmir, internationally. Pakistan had requested for ‘closed-door consultations’ on the issue, following the decision of New Delhi to revoke Article 370 and ending the special status of J&K, almost two weeks ago

The meeting was attended by 5 permanent and 10 non-permanent members. India and Pakistan didn’t attend it though; only their ambassadors were present there.

However, the closed-door council meet turned out positive for India, as it clearly and strongly said that the matters related to Kashmir are “entirely an internal matter”.

Adding further, India also said that steps are being taken to establish normalcy in the valley, in the coming days.

India’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN, Syed Akbaruddin, said that the government of the country is constantly working towards lifting up all the restrictions, gradually, while trying to establish normalcy in Kashmir.

During the interaction with the media reporters, at the UN, he said:

"Prevention is better than cure. Measures we took were preventive in nature. These efforts sometimes lead to restrictions. There was not one fatality.”

Talking about India’s move on Jammu and Kashmir, he said that there are, in fact, no external ramifications of the steps being taken by the government. And that the legislative bodies are intended towards maintaining good governance, and to enhance social-economic development for the people in J&K and Ladakh.

Pointing at Pakistan, Mr. Akbaruddin said that Islamabad should stop terror, now, and start focusing on talks.

He also added that Pakistan is trying to project an alarming approach and a situation of panic, which is far from the actual ground realities.

All in all, one thing which was clearly seen in this meeting, on Friday, is the relation of 'China with Pakistan'. The former is also a permanent member UNSC and is constantly favoring the latter on issues related to Kashmir.
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