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India at UN: Aftermath

A new era has begun in the history of Jammu and Kashmir on August 5, 2019 when Government of India took world by surprise by abrogating Article 370. Two days later, Pakistan had woken up from slumber after gathering its wits and in a knee jerk reaction, resorted to superficial actions of scaling down diplomatic relations, suspending bilateral trade, discontinuing Samjhauta express and Lahore- New Delhi bus service – primarily for public consumption of Pakistani people. Pakistan had ruled out any military option and resolved to explore all possible diplomatic channels including taking Kashmir issue to the United Nations. In spite of any significant support from the international community, Pakistan with the help of its all weather friend, China had taken the matter of abrogation of Article 370 to United Nations Security council (UNSC). However, the issue was discussed in a closed-door meeting attended by five permanent and ten non permanent member countries.

Who gained at UNSC                    

What has been transpired in the meeting is anybody’s guess as there was no formal statement issued at the end of the meeting as majority of 15 members had opposed the China’s push for the same. However, sources privy to the internal discussions confirmed that the overwhelming number of council members maintained that Kashmir is a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan. In the absence of any official communiqué after the meeting, China’s Ambassador to the UN Zhang Jun and Maleeha Lodhi, Pakistan’s representative, left with no option but to give out their national narrative on the issue while  briefing the media but both left without taking a single question from the reporters present there.

On the other hand, India’s representative Syed Akbaruddin briefed the media that country’s stand “ was and remains that matters related to Article 370 of the Constitution are entirely an internal matter of India and these have no external ramifications.” He also told the media that “For the first time after the end of Security Council consultations, we noted that two states (China and Pakistan) who made national statements tried to pass them off as the will of the international community.” 

Upbeat Indian Envoy

Unlike China and Pakistan’s representative, Akbaruddin stayed back to take questions from the reporters and said that he would answer five questions and gave first three questions to Pakistani reporters.

In a reply to a question from a Pakistani journalist whether India will agree for the dialogue with Pakistan, Indian envoy replied “that there are normal ways of dealing but no democracy will acknowledge if you use terror to push your goals. Stop terror to start talks.”

In an another question from a senior Pakistani journalist as to “when will you begin a dialogue with Pakistan, ” Akbaruddin responded “so let me begin by coming across to you and shaking your hand, all three of you,”  and he shook hands with them, the gesture appreciated by everyone present there. He further said that “so let me tell you we have already extended our hand of friendship by saying we are committed to the Simla Agreement. Let us wait for a response on that from the Pakistani side.

Syed Akbaruddin also said that the Indian government’s decision was intended to promote good governance and development in Jammu and Kashmir. “India remains committed to ensure that the situation in J&K remains calm and peaceful,” he said.

“These have no external ramifications, the recent decisions taken by the Govt of India and our legislative bodies are intended to ensure that good governance is promoted, social-economic development is enhanced for our people in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh,” he said.

Viewpoint

Ever since abrogation of Article 370 and reorganisation of erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) into Union Territory of J&K with legislature and Union Territory of Ladakh, Pakistan could not recover from the jolt and find it hard to come to terms as to what has happened. Understandably so as the survival of Pakistan and more so its army is solely stand on anti India and obsession with Kashmir. Accordingly it has stepped up rhetoric against India at every possible platform to gather support of international community. Pakistan has primed all its embassies across the world to mobilise the international opinion to exert pressure on India to roll back its decision on J&K. Pakistan also trying its best to spread misinformation against India on social media platforms using doctored videos and content to reflect human right violations in Kashmir. Pakistan Prime Minister himself threatening world community of possible nuclear war between India and Pakistan. 

But fact remains that its Pakistan which is involved in gross human right violation in Baluchistan and sponsoring terrorism in Afghanistan and other parts of the world. Imran Khan himself, during his recent visit to US confessed of approximately 40000 terrorists operating in Pakistan.

Even US President Mr Donald Trump after speaking to Mr Modi, in a telephone conversation on August 19, 2019 asked Imran Khan to resolve the Kashmir issue bilaterally with India and reduce tension in the region. Today, there is hardly any country to buy Pakistan’s narrative and it stands isolated at international level.

20 Aug 19/Tuesday                                                   Written by Fayaz

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