Pak raises Kashmir issue with UN Security Council president
United Nations: Pakistan has raised the Kashmir issue with United Nations (UN) Security Council president, saying the situation in the Valley and the “escalation” of tension along the Line of Control (LoC) pose a threat to international peace and security.
Pakistan’s envoy to the UN MaleehaLodhi on Friday in a tweet said she raised the issue of Kashmir with president of the security council for the month of April ambassador Gustavo Meza-Cuadra, the permanent representative of Peru to the United Nations.
She said the “grave situation” in Kashmir and “escalation on the LoC pose a serious threat to international peace and security.”
Lodhi also discussed the Kashmir situation with members of the Pakistani and Kashmiri community at Pakistan’s mission on Friday at a meeting to mark ‘Kashmir Solidarity Day’, she said in another tweet, posting pictures of the event.
Earlier, Lodhi had tweeted that Pakistan will continue to support the “heroic struggle of our Kashmiri brothers and sisters.”
Lodhi repeated her stance that a “peaceful settlement” of the Kashmir issue in accordance with relevant UN Security Council resolutions is a “pre-requisite for lasting peace and stability” in South Asia.
Pakistan continuously raises the Kashmir issue at the UN seeking the world body’s intervention in the dispute with India. But New Delhi has always maintained that Kashmir is a bilateral issue with Islamabad.
While UN secretary general António Guterres has expressed concern over the situation in Kashmir, the UN has maintained that India and Pakistan need to find a peaceful solution through “engagement and dialogue”.
Last week, Indian forces undertook three anti-militancy operations in Kashmir in which 13 militants were killed.
Three army troopers and four civilians were also killed in Anantnag and Shopian districts. Out of the 13 militants, 11 have been identified and all of them are locals, officials have said.