Pakistan calls for urgent UN Security Council meeting over Kashmir
New York – Pakistan on Tuesday asked the U.N. to convene an urgent meeting of the body’s Security Council amid escalating tensions between Islamabad and New Delhi over the disputed India-administered state of Kashmir.
“The situation poses an imminent threat to international peace and security,” Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said in a letter to the U.N. Security Council, or the UNSC.
In the letter seen by dpa, Qureshi claimed that the move to revoke the special constitutional status of Kashmir on Aug. 5 was a “means to justify its questionable and unestablished ‘accession’ to India.”
“There is, furthermore, a present danger that India will provoke another conflict with Pakistan to divert attention from its recent actions in occupied Jammu & Kashmir,” Qureshi added.
The Indian government revoked Article 370 of the Indian constitution, which granted the disputed region autonomy except in matters of foreign affairs, defense and communications.
The move divided the erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir state into two federally administered territories.