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UNSC to Discuss Kashmir on Friday

UNITED NATIONS – Pakistan has achieved a major international diplomatic breakthrough against India as the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has granted its request to discuss India’s decision to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday.
The UNSC will discuss the situation in Jammu and Kashmir in camera on August 16, presumably, UNSC President Joanna Wronecka told reporters on Wednesday.
“Probably Friday,” Wronecka said at the time of the meeting. The Security Council would not work on Thursday, she added.
India has been working hard to have the meeting postponed or canceled, as the Security Council decision is considered a scrap for the country, sources said.
China supported Pakistan’s request to hold a meeting of the Security Council to discuss the revocation of Article 370 granting a special status to Jammu and Kashmir, and called for the body to meet in camera closed on Thursday or Friday, diplomats said.
At the same time, a Russian representative in the council said that his country would not oppose the meeting. “Moscow does not oppose the holding of such a meeting, but the subject should be discussed behind closed doors,” Russian interim envoy to the UN Dmitry Polyansky told reporters on Wednesday. He said that UN Security Council members should first coordinate their positions, as the issue had not been on the agenda for some time.
Pakistan’s envoy to the UN, Maleeha Lodhi, met with UN Security Council President Joanna Wronecka over Kashmir in August.
Revocation of Article 370 by India
On August 5, New Delhi announced that it was revoking Article 370 of the country’s constitution, which granted special status and autonomy to the state of Jammu and Kashmir, as well as its split into two territories largely controlled by the central government. Pakistan strongly condemned this measure.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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