UNSC meeting reaffirmation of Kashmiris' right to self-determination: PM Imran

8/17/2019


Published: August 17, 2019
A day after the United Nations Security Council’s (UNSC) meeting, Prime Minister Imran Khan welcomed the initiative by the world body regarding the situation in occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
In a two-part tweet, the premier stated that this was the first-ever meeting over the Kashmir issue in over 50 years by the highest diplomatic forum.
He said there are 11 UNSC resolutions reiterating Kashmiri’s right to self-determination and the meeting reaffirmed those resolutions.
The prime minister also added that the world body recognised the suffering of the Kashmiri people at the hands of Indian occupying forces.
The PM Imran added that it is the responsibility of the Security Council to resolve the dispute.
India’s envoy to the UN Syed Akbaruddin on Friday admitted that Indian-Occupied Jammu and Kashmir was a disputed territory and New Delhi was conditionally ready to engage with Islamabad over the matter.
India has regularly blocked discussion on Occupied Kashmir at the UN because it considers the matter an ‘internal affair’.
After coming into power last year, Prime Minister Imran Khan had extended an olive branch to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on multiple occasions, however, India never responded positively.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood said India endeavoured to block the UNSC meet but to no avail, adding that the international community had rejected India’s stance on Kashmir being its “internal matter”. Rather, he added, it had been recognised as an international conflict.