Pakistan calls for UN intervention in Jammu and Kashmir

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NEW DELHI: Undeterred by the reverses he has suffered in his bid to raise the Jammu and Kashmir issue in the United Nations, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran called on the international body to step in to resolve the dispute between the two nuclear armed countries.

 

"This is a potential flashpoint," Khan said during a media briefing at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Wednesday. Reuters quoted Khan as saying that it was time for the "international institutions ... specifically set up to stop this" to "come into action".

Pakistan had made three attempts to raise the issue in the UN ever since India revoked Article 370, conferring special status to J & K, splitting the Muslim-majority region into two federal territories in a bid to integrate it fully with the rest of the country.

The last attempt made during a special consultation session of the UN Security Council with the help of China failed when other member countries pointed out that it was a bilateral matter between India and Pakistan.

In August, China pushed for a UNSC meeting on Kashmir after the government scrapped J-K's special status. However, the meeting did not yield the desired results for China as the member-states maintained that India's move was an internal issue.

Kashmir is claimed in full by both India and Pakistan. The two countries have gone to war twice over it, and both rule parts of it. India's portion has been plagued by separatist violence since the late 1980s.

The Pak Prime Minister had earlier sought US intervention in the issue. The prime minister said he had discussed the prospect of war between his country and India in a Tuesday meeting with US President Donald Trump. Trump later said he had offered to help mediate between the two countries.

Responding to news reports on the meeting between Khan and Trump, India rejected any third-party mediation on Kashmir (with inputs from agencies).

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