Pakistan welcomes statement from UNSC office reaffirming stance on J&K

Islamabad, August 07 (KMS): Pakistan on Saturday welcomed the reiteration of the position of United Nations on the Kashmir dispute by the Spokesperson of the United Nations Secretary-General, saying it reaffirmed that UN position on the Jammu and Kashmir dispute.

“The statement reaffirms that UN position on the Jammu and Kashmir dispute is “well-established” and has not changed,” Foreign Office Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhry said in response to the statement by the UN Secretary-General’s Spokesperson.

He said Pakistan appreciated the timeliness of the statement as it coincided with the completion of two years of India’s illegal and unilateral actions of 5 August 2019 in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), that were in violation of the UN charter, UNSC resolutions and international law including the Fourth Geneva Convention.

“The statement denies the self-serving remarks by India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations claiming that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India,” he said.

The Spokesperson said India would do well to remind itself that Jammu and Kashmir remains an internationally recognized dispute and one of the longest outstanding items on the UN Security Council’s agenda.

“It (Kashmir) never was and never will be a part of India. Regurgitation of false and fabricated claims does not change the reality,” he said.

He mentioned that numerous United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions had established that the final disposition of the State of Jammu and Kashmir would be made in accordance with the wishes of the Kashmiri people expressed through the democratic method of a free and impartial plebiscite held under the UN auspices.