Pakistan confirms its readiness for peaceful settlement with India over Kashmir

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Pakistan said on Friday after an emergency session of the UN Security Council it was ready for a peaceful settlement of the dispute with India over Kashmir.

This came in remarks to the Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations, Ambassador “Maliha Lodi”, after the end of the emergency meeting held by the Security Council at the request of China, to discuss the situation in Kashmir.

She said, “Lodi,” reporters, “the convening of this meeting in the Security Council, testimony that the dispute over Kashmir, a conflict recognized internationally, and that Pakistan is ready for a peaceful settlement of this dispute.”

She criticized the Pakistani ambassador, “restrictions imposed by India on communications in Kashmir, last week.”

“The people of Jammu and Kashmir may be locked up so that their voices are not heard in their homes and lands, but their voices are heard today at the United Nations, and their voices will always be heard, because Pakistan will always stand by them by expanding diplomacy and political support.”

She expressed Pakistan’s appreciation to her Chinese counterpart, Ambassador “Zhang Jun,” noting that Islamabad had submitted to the presidency of the Security Council requested the emergency meeting, which was supported by Beijing immediately.

For his part, the Chinese Permanent Representative to the United Nations expressed “his country’s deep concern over the situation in Kashmir and the human rights situation there.”

“China is deeply concerned and opposes any unilateral action,” Zhang Jun told reporters after the session.

It is noteworthy that the emergency meeting of the Security Council did not issue any “official product” (statement or resolution) on the dispute in Kashmir.

In a related development, a statement issued by the Office of the Spokesman for the Secretary-General of the United Nations Secretary-General Stefan Dugrik, seen by Anatolia, that the Under-Secretary-General of the Department of Peacebuilding “Oscar Fernandez Taranco” briefed members of the Council, on the latest developments in Kashmir.

General Carlos Humberto Leite, the UN military adviser, briefed during the session on the work of the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan.

Last week, New Delhi-controlled Kashmir saw widespread protests against the Indian government, after which the authorities ordered citizens to keep their homes.

This followed the abolition of the Indian government, on August 5, two articles of the Constitution, one of which gives autonomy to the state of “Jammu and Kashmir” part of the territory under its control from the region.

The other gives Kashmiris alone in the state the right to permanent residence as well as the right to employment in government departments and property and to receive educational grants.

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