Pak attacks UN, ‘powerful’ nations for not intervening on J&K

Geneva, Sep 10 (IANS) A frustrated Pakistan on Tuesday attacked the UN and “powerful” countries for their refusal to intervene on the issue of Jammu and Kashmir in the context of abolition of its special status, saying they have turned “deaf and dumb”.
In a 115-page ‘dossier’ submitted to the UN Human Rights Commission (UNHRC), Pakistan also said that India has rendered separatist organization Hurriyat Conference, a proxy of Islamabad in Kashmir, as “totally irrelevant” so as to sideline it permanently.
Referring to the scrapping of special status of Jammu and Kashmir granted under Article 370 and its bifurcation, Pakistan said it constituted “material change in the situation” in Kashmir.
“Pakistan does not view it as an internal matter of India,” the document said.
“Ironically, international community, UN and powerful states have forgotten the golden document of Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and have turned deaf and dumb towards severe human rights issues” in Jammu and Kashmir, the dossier says.
Pakistan’s attack on the UN and “powerful” reflects its frustration as it has faced rebuff from most of the countries to its attempts to rope in third-party intervention to make India revoke its decision of August 7.
It virtually pleaded with countries like the US and Russia and tried to get support from the Gulf nations by using the Muslim card, but without any success.
Pakistan has even tried to blackmail the world community with threats of war with India and by saying that it would not be able to help in international war against terrorism in Afghanistan.
However, all nations maintained that they would not like to get involved, with most saying that it is India’s internal matter and some others saying that any issue over Jammu and Kashmir should be resolved bilaterally by India and Pakistan.
The biggest shocker for Pakistan was the attitude of the Gulf countries and the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC), which have not fallen for Pakistan’s bait.
To add insult to Pakistan’s injury, United Arab Emirates (UAE), a major Islamic nation, instead of being critical of India, honoured Prime Minister Narendra Modi with ‘Order of Zayed’, the highest civil decoration of the country about two weeks back.
Similarly, Bahrain also honoured Modi with its highest civilian award.
US President Donald Trump, who has spoken to Modi and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan over phone, has been shifting his position between offer of mediation “if both countries wanted” and asking Pakistan to reduce tensions. But India has asserted that no other country can have any say as affairs related to Jammu and Kashmir are the country’s internal matter.
In fact, Modi told Trump during their meeting late last month that issues related to Jammu and Kashmir were India’s internal matter and no other country needed to take the “trouble” of getting involved. Subsequently, Trump stuck to the position that India and Pakistan should resolve it bilaterally.
Pakistan’s “all-weather friend” China, while holding that Kashmir is a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan, placated Islamabad by getting the UN Security Council last month to hold “informal” discussions on the developments in the state.
But Pakistan’s effort, through China, to make UNSC issue some statement against India, failed miserably. Among the five Permanent members of the UNSC, the US, Russia, France and UK maintained, individually, that the matter should be discussed bilaterally between India and Pakistan.
Amidst desperation, Pakistan Foreign Minister even said that the issue of Jammu and Kashmir would be raised at the International Court of Justice (ICJ). However, according to reports in the Pakistani media, there were not many takers in the Pakistan government for this move as the learned people opined that the world court has no jurisdiction in the matter.
Quoting international law expert Taimur Malik, a Pakistani media report said it would be difficult to put India in the dock due to various provisions of the international law as India reserves the right on bilateral issues at the ICJ.
New Delhi has maintained that since Jammu and Kashmir has legally acceded to the Union of India in 1947, all matters related to the state are internal.
On abolition of the special status granted to the state in 1950 under Article 370, the government holds that the provision of the Indian Constitution was meant to be temporary in nature and ending of its applicability amounted to no violation of any kind.

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