IMRAN KHAN CALLS FOR GLOBAL INTERVENTION OVER CASMIR
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said “his government will challenge any Indian move to change the constitutional status of India-administered Kasmir at the United Nations Security Council”, urging the international community to intervene in the crisis or risk regional destabilization. He said “we will raise this at every level, at the United Nations Council,” said Khan, addressing a joint session of Pakistan’s parliament in the capital, Islamabad, yesterday.
“We are thinking of how we can go to the International Court of Justice through the UN Security Council. We will raise this issue at every forum.” The session was called to discuss the announcement by India’s Minister of Home Affairs Amit Shah that a decree abolishing Article 370 of the Indian constitution, which gave special autonomy to the India-administered portion of the Muslim-majority Himalayan region, had been signed.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres urged all parties to exercise restraint, according to spokesman Stephane Dujarric, while the United States called for “peace and stability” along the de facto border that separates India and Pakistan in Kasmir.
Nuclear armed India and Pakistan have fought two of their three wars over the disputed territory of Kasmir, which both claim in full but administer separate portions of. Tensions have remained high this year, after the two neighbors conducted air raids on each other’s soil and engaged in an aerial dogfight following a deadly attack in India-administered Kasmir that India blamed Pakistan for. Pakistan denied the charge.