Pakistan challenges India’s eligibility for UNSC

Published: November 26, 2019
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Pakistan has challenged India’s eligibility for the United Nations Security Council’s permanent and non-permanent membership.

Islamabad’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Munir Akram said New Delhi was in blatant violation of the 15-member security council’s resolutions aimed at settling the decades-old Kashmir dispute.

India has been a member of the UNSC for seven terms, with each term running for two years.

Akram added that India has placed a draconian lockdown in the occupied valley for over 100 days and the right-wing BJP government is perpetrating human rights violations.

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Tensions have been high in Indian-Occupied Kashmir (IOK) since August 5 when New Delhi moved to bring the region under direct rule, cut telecommunications and detained thousands of Kashmiris including political leaders.

Pakistan strongly condemned and ‘rejected’ the Indian government’s decision to revoke Article 370.

On October 31, the Modi administration formally split up disputed Jammu and Kashmir state into two federal territories, aiming to tighten its grip on the Himalayan region that has been in the grip of a harsh security clampdown for over the last three months.

Shops and businesses have remained shut to protest against the controversial decision, and children have not been going to school.

Since the move, thousands have been arbitrarily detained and tortured.

 

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