UN Security Council to discuss Kashmir

Maleeha Lodhi presents FM Qureshi's letter to UNSC on IOK

In a statement by the Pakistan foreign ministry, Qureshi during his telephonic conversation with Lavrov said the steps taken by India were against the UNSC resolutions on occupied Kashmir and global law. However, India has made it clear that it is an internal matter of the country and does not violate the Line of Control or any border.

"Intermittent exchange of fire continues", Ghafoor tweeted on Thursday.

In his Independence Day message, Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa said "there can never be a compromise on #Kashmir".

When asked about Pakistan's claim, a senior Indian Army official said, "The claim made by Pakistan's military is fictitious".

On Wednesday, Pakistani Prime Minister visited "Azad Kashmir" - the Pakistan-controlled part of the area - as a show of solidarity with the Muslim-majority region.

Pakistan observed a "Black Day" on Thursday to coincide with India's Independence Day celebrations, as one of the main militant groups fighting Indian rule in Kashmir led a protest through Pakistan's part of the disputed region.

In a separate statement, Yi said that India had changed the status quo in the Kashmir region by amending the Indian Constitution. "The request was in reference to the Pakistani letter to Security Council President", a top United Nations diplomat said.

Some have already been lifted in the Hindu-majority area of Jammu, where celebrations broke out after India's Parliament signed off on the changes on August 6, and in Ladakh, a rugged and pristine area with cultural ties to Tibet that Parliament divided off from Jammu and Kashmir and made into its own federal territory.

China has formally asked for "closed consultations" in the UN Security Council to discuss India revoking the special status to Jammu and Kashmir after Pakistan, Beijing's closest ally, wrote a letter on the issue to Poland, the Council President for the month of August, a top diplomat here said.

The premier's message came as the curfew and communications blackout imposed by New Delhi in Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK) entered its 12th day.

On Wednesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov highlighted in his phone conversation with Pakistani counterpart Mehmood Qureshi the importance of defusing tensions with India.

According to several human rights organizations, thousands of people have reportedly been killed in the conflict in the region since 1989. He, therefore, emphasised that Pakistan must not give India any opportunity to cover up its crimes in the occupied valley. He said the Pakistan Army would leave no stone unturned to protect Kashmiri people and that the government stands by them through thick and thin.

"The UN must listen to 1.5 billion Muslims who are looking up to the global body for taking action against India which has turned IOK into a prison for 10 million Kashmiris".

"As Pakistan has vowed not to let the move go unanswered, another India-Pakistan war is now all the more real a possibility", it added. It also banned Indian films from being screened in cinemas across the nation.

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