New Delhi: Pakistan, which has time and again raked up Kashmir at different forums, once again wrote to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), invoking the COVID-19 crisis and describing the ‘dire humanitarian situation’ in Jammu and Kashmir, reports say. Also Read - SAARC Covid-19 Fund: Why Pakistan Has Not Yet Made Its Contribution
Notably, this is not the first time the Kashmir issue has been brought up in the UNSC in recent days. At least two closed door meetings of the UNSC have taken place over the issue of the abrogation of Article 370, on a ‘nudge’ by China, which is an ‘all-weather’ ally of Pakistan and one of the five permanent members of the UNSC. Also Read - 'Churlish Approach', India Hits Back at Pakistan After it Rakes up Kashmir Issue During SAARC Video Conference
However, no resolution on Kashmir was passed at either of the two meets. Also Read - SAARC Video Conference on Coronavirus: Pakistan Raises Kashmir Issue, Says ‘Restrictions Must be Lifted’
The contents of the said letter, written by Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on March 9, was made public by the country’s Foreign Office (FO) on Sunday. In its statement, the FO said that the Foreign Minister’s letter was ‘in line’ with Pakistan’s efforts to continuously highlight the ‘dire human rights and humanitarian situation’ in Kashmir.
Qureshi, in his letter, rejected India’s ‘false sense of normalcy’ in the Valley and also highlighted ‘intensified’ ceasefire violations (CFVs) by Indian forces on the Line of Control (LoC) since December. Accusing India of posing threat to peace and security in South Asia due to its actions in Kashmir, Qureshi also suspected that India would stage a ‘false-flag’ operation to divert attention from the situation in Kashmir.
Further, the letter also highlighted and condemned ‘irresponsible’ statements by the Indian leadership.
Earlier this month, Pakistan had also raked up Kashmir during a video conference of SAARC nations called and chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to strategise a joint response to the coronavirus crisis.
India has repeatedly stressed that the abrogation of Article 370 is an ‘internal matter.’ It has also accused Pakistan of interfering in, sponsoring and supporting terrorism in Kashmir.