Pakistan attempted to seek UN intervention on Jammu & Kashmir. UN Secretary General Antonio Gutteres stated that Kashmir issue need to be resolved in keeping with the Shimla Agreement of 1972 and by peaceful means in accordance with the UN charter.
UN Spokesperson added that the position of the United Nations on this region is governed by the world body’s Charter and applicable Security Council resolutions. The Secretary General has been following the situation in Jammu & Kashmir with concern and makes an appeal for maximum restraint.
What is Shimla Agreement ?
The 1972 Agreement on bilateral relations between India and Pakistan, also known as the Shimla Agreement which states that the final status of Jammu & Kashmir is to be settled by peaceful means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations.
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UN Spokesperson called on all parties to refrain from taking steps that may affect the status of Jammu & Kashmir which was a reference according to those people cited above to the Final Status and not the change in the state’s status to that of a Union Territory.
Pakistan’s Objective Not Fulfilled
Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi had written letter to United Nation which would make clear that the rights of Kashmiris as provided by Security Council resolutions cannot be abrogated by any unilateral action. Compliance of SC resolutions on J&K is essential for peace in the region.