Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday welcomed the UN Security Council's 'closed-door' meeting on the Jammu and Kashmir issue by stating that addressing the "suffering of Kashmiri people" was the responsibility of the world body.
The cricketer-turned-politician said on twitter that it was for the first time in over 50 years that the diplomatic forum dealt with the sensitive topic of Kashmir.
I welcome the UNSC meeting to discuss the serious situation in Occupied Jammu & Kashmir. It is for the first time in over 50 yrs that the world’s highest diplomatic forum has taken up this issue. There are 11 UNSC resolutions reiterating the Kashmiris right to self determination.— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) August 17, 2019
He said there were 11 UNSC resolutions reiterating the Kashmiris' "right to self-determination".
And the UNSC meeting was a reaffirmation of these resolutions. Therefore addressing the suffering of the Kashmiri people & ensuring resolution of the dispute is the responsibility of this world body.— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) August 17, 2019
The UNSC meeting was held on Friday after China- in an instance of backing its all-weather ally Pakistan- insisted to hold a discussion, albeit a private one, on the current situation of affairs in Jammu and Kashmir following India's decision to revoke its special status.
In a setback to Pakistan, the UNSC in its informal consultation on Kashmir acknowledged India's measures to bring normalcy and development to the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, according to India's Permanent Representative Syed Akbaruddin.
"We are gratified that the UNSC in its closed consultations appreciated these efforts, acknowledged them, and indicated that this is the direction that it would like the international community to move. We are committed to gradually removing all the restrictions," Akbaruddin said.