UN concerned over India's move to revoke special status of Kashmir

Spokesperson Dujarric says Pakistan and India should settle all outstanding disputes through talks including Kashmir

News Desk August 06, 2019
U.N. Secretary-General's Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric. PHOTO: FILE

The United Nations expressed concern over India's move to revoke the special status of Indian-occupied Kashmir (IoK), a UN-recognised disputed territory, said Radio Pakistan.

Pakistan strongly rejects India’s ‘illegal’ move

Talking to reporters during a regular briefing at the UN Headquarters in New York, Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said the United Nations Secretary-General (UNSG) all along maintained that Pakistan and India should resolve all outstanding disputes between the two countries through dialogue including Kashmir.

Dujarric urged all parties to exercise restraint.

Earlier, the UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) also observed and reported an increase in military activities along the Line of Control (LoC).

In the most far-reaching political move in one of the world’s most militarized regions in nearly seven decades, India on August 5 scrapped a constitutional provision that allows the state of IoK to make its own laws.

Pakistan strongly condemned the decision saying the measure was likely to provoke a backlash in the region.

Pakistan demands UN fact-finding mission to assess IOK situation

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres had also urged the two neighbours to exercise restraint.

India also lifted a ban on property purchases by non-residents, opening the way for its civilians to invest and settle there, just as they can elsewhere in India.


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