Pakistan welcomes UN’s ‘unchanged stand’ on Kashmir dispute

Pakistan on Saturday welcomed the United Nation’s reiteration that its position on Jammu and Kashmir remained unchanged and it continued to see the valley as disputed territory.

In a statement, Pakistan Foreign Office (FO) said: “Pakistan welcomes the reiteration of the position of UN on the Jammu and Kashmir dispute by the spokesperson of the UN secretary-general. The statement reaffirms that [the] UN position on the Jammu and Kashmir dispute is well-established and has not changed.”

The statement came days after UN Secretary General Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric clarified during a news briefing in New York that the UN’s “position on Kashmir is well established and has not changed”. The clarification followed a claim by India’s UN Ambassador TS Tirmurti that the disputed state was now an “integral” part of India.

The FO appreciated the timing of the UN statement, which coincided with the completion of two years of India’s move when it abrogated the special status of JK on August 5, 2019.

The move allowed people from the rest of India to have the right to acquire property in JK and settle there permanently.

The FO reiterated on Saturday that the move was in violation of the UN Charter, UN Security Council (UNSC) resolutions and international laws, including the Fourth Geneva Convention.

It also rejected the “self-serving remarks” by India’s permanent representative to the UN, who claimed that “Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India.”

“India would do well to remind itself that Jammu and Kashmir remains an internationally recognised dispute and one of the longest outstanding items on the UNSC’s agenda. It never was and never will be a part of India,” the FO asserted, adding that “regurgitation of false and fabricated claims does not change the reality.”

It also pointed out in the statement that numerous UNSC resolutions had established that the final disposition of Jammu and Kashmir would be made in accordance with the wishes of the people of the valley, expressed through the democratic method of a free and impartial plebiscite held under UN auspices.

“Ultimately, India will have to give in to the will of the Kashmiris and the commitment of the international community as enshrined in numerous UNSC Resolutions.” the FO said.

Pakistan is scheduled to commemorate the Youm-e-Istehsal (the day of exploitation) on Thursday, observed to mark two years since New Delhi stripped the valley of its special autonomy.

Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa had issued separate statements on the day, calling out India for its continuous “inhuman military siege” and “unprecedented oppression” in JK.

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