New Delhi: The Indian Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN, Syed Akbaruddin after UNSC meeting today said the revocation of Article 370 is “entirely an internal matter” and that Pakistan should refrain from any involvement in the Jammu and Kashmir issue.
“Our national position was and remains that matter related to Article 370 of the Indian Constitution is entirely an internal matter of India,” Akbaruddin said at a press conference following the council meeting.
He added, “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.”
“The measures that we took were preventive in nature in the 10 days that have passed, there are no casualties, fatalities, that was as the effort was made to ensure that our people, Kashmiris are safe. We are open about these, but it is left better to the ground administration,” the Indian Ambassador to the UN said.
Stating that India is committed to gradually removing all restrictions, Akbaruddin said, “Since the change is internal to India, we have not made any difference to our external orientation. India remains committed to ensure that the situation there (J&K) remains calm and peaceful.”
“We note that there were some who tried to project an alarmist approach to the situation which is far from the ground realities. Of particular concern is that one state is using the terminology of ‘jihad’ against and promoting violence in India including by their leaders,” he said.
Meanwhile, China has sided with Pakistan at the UNSC stating that India and Pakistan “must find proper solution”. However, China and Pakistan’s joint attempt to censure India at the Council failed.