UNSC second meeting on Kashmir in 5 months, diplomatic victory for Pakistan

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Islamabad

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan on Thursday said the second meeting of United Nations Security Council on Kashmir within five months, was manifestation of the fact that Kashmir was an internationally recognized dispute on the UNSC agenda.
The second meeting of UNSC on Kashmir after unilateral Indian step of August 5, was diplomatic victory for Pakistan, she said in a series of tweet.
She said appreciation of Pakistan’s role in reduction of tensions in the region by United Nations Secretary General, was worth-mentioning as Pakistan under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan was building an image of a pro-active and peace-loving country.
She said there was no precedent, the way Prime Minister Imran Khan, pleaded the case of Kashmir courageously. The role of Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan, was exemplary as he advocated Kashmir cause at diplomatic fora with great sagacity.
She said the voice of Kashmiris, their just, legal and democratic right to self-determination, resonated at the world’s biggest forum and the Indian claim of Kashmir, being its integral part, had been negated once again.
She said : ‘We demand that the world community should fulfill its promise of grant of right to self-determination with Kashmiris.’
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Azad Jammu & Kashmir on Thursday hailed the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) meeting on Kashmir, terming it, as a growing realization about the settlement of Kashmir conflict that has been stumbling block in the way of peace and stability in the region.
In a statement issued here, the PTI AJK Secretary Information Ershad Mahmud said, ‘It is for the second time that the UNSC discussed the critical situation in Kashmir in five months since India repealed the Article 370 on August 5 2019’. The UNSC meeting, he said, was also a reaffirmation of the fact that the world powers were really worried over the terrible situation in the occupied Kashmir.
While terming it as a positive development, Mahmud said that in the wake of fast-changing political scenario in the region there was a dire need that the highest body (UNSC) should move beyond the rhetoric of compassion to address the highly critical situation in Kashmir, which he said was reeling under the unrelenting military crackdown and communication since 5th August 2019.
He expressed the hope that the UNSC meeting would prove helpful in deescalating the rising tensions in the region besides paving a way for a meaningful sustainable and result-oriented dialogue between India and Pakistan to seek a peaceful solution of the long-running lingering Kashmir dispute that has been the root cause and consequence of rights violations in the restive region.
Referring to the situation in the Indian held territory of Jammu and Kashmir he said, ‘Instead of viewing everything through the BJP’s prism we hope that world leaders should pull away from the veil of deception and play their much-needed role to settle Kashmir dispute to ensure durable peace in South Asia’.
Meanwhile, he appreciated the incumbent government’s efforts to highlight the plight of Kashmiris at the international level.
Veteran Kashmiri rights activist and senior vice chairman of Jammu and Kashmir National Front Altaf Hussain Wani Thursday hailed the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for holding a debate on the alarming situation in Indian occupied Kashmir.
Talking to APP on Thursday Wani observed that the Security Council’s meeting was indeed a great development but in view of the highly volatile situation in the region there was a dire need that the highest body (UNSC) should move beyond the rhetoric of compassion to address the critical situation on ground in the occupied valley, which he said was reeling under the unrelenting military crackdown and communication since 5th August 2019.—APP

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