New Delhi: Pakistan 's attempts to internationalise the Kashmir dispute may get a fresh lease of life with Islamabad saying on Saturday that it will move a motion at the UN Security Council to condemn India for its decision to strip Kashmir region of special status, with China’s support.
“I have shared with China that the Pakistan government has decided to take this issue to UN Security Council. We will be needing China’s help there," Pakistan’s foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi told a press conference in Islamabad after his return from a visit to China.
“China has assured full support to Pakistan" Qureshi was quoted as saying by Reuters news agency
Qureshi said he planned to approach Indonesia and Poland, both non-permanent members of the 15-strong Security Council, for their support.
Indian foreign minister S Jaishankar is to visit China on a trip starting 11-13 January and the issue of India abrogating article 370 of its constitution to integrate the region more closely with the rest of the country will be on the table as Jaishankar meets his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi. The visit was planned ahead of the move by India but its timing is now being seen as key for India to put forth the idea behind the move. China and Pakistan were the two countries that slammed the Indian move to do away with article 370 of India’s constitution and integrate it closer with the country. The move also re designates Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh as two union territories of the country. Pakistan has opposed the naming of Kashmir as a union territory saying it is disputed while China opposes the redesignation of Ladakh stating that it is disputed due to the entire India-China boundary not being demarcated.
India on its part has said its actions in redesignating Kashmir and Ladakh was to bring development to the region. New Delhi has also said it is in touch with key world capitals to put forth its views on the matter. So far, the reaction from most of the international community has been muted.
Meanwhile, vice chief of the Indian army, Lieutenant General Devraj Anbu arrived in the Kashmir valley on Saturday to review the prevailing security situation and visited the formations and units in North Kashmir, an army statement said. During the visit, Anbu “ was briefed by the commanders on ground as regards the operational preparedness as well as the measures taken to meet the security challenges. The Vice Chief of Army Staff also interacted with the troops and emphasised on the need to maintain a high degree of vigil along the Line of Control to eliminate any infiltration bid," the statement said.
India had moved extra security personnel to Jammu and Kashmir to reinforce security along the de facto border with Pakistan and other areas in a bid to prevent Pakistan from pushing in terrorists to stoke unrest in the region.