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    UN chief appeals to India, Pakistan to deal with Kashmir issue through dialogue

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    The UN chief's Deputy Spokesman Farhan Haq during a media briefing on Thursday said, “Well, just to reiterate our basic concerns that the Secretary General has previously expressed his concerns about the situation in Kashmir. As you know, he has met with representatives of India and Pakistan at their request to discuss the situation."

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    In this handout provided by the State Information Department , Girish Chandra Murmu (L) the first Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory takes his oath during the swearing in ceremony at Rajbawan on October 31, 2019 in Srinagar.
    UNITED NATIONS: As Jammu and Kashmir transitioned from a state into two union territories, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres reiterated his appeal that India and Pakistan deal with the Kashmir issue through dialogue and ensure full respect for human rights.

    Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday transitioned from a state into union territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh, nearly three months after the NDA government abrogated the state's special status.

    Asked about the Secretary General's comment as Jammu and Kashmir ceased to be a state, the UN chief's Deputy Spokesman Farhan Haq during a media briefing on Thursday said, “Well, just to reiterate our basic concerns that the Secretary General has previously expressed his concerns about the situation in Kashmir. As you know, he has met with representatives of India and Pakistan at their request to discuss the situation."

    Haq said the UN chief has appealed to both India and Pakistan "to deal with the issue through dialogue, and, as we've made clear and, particularly, as the High Commissioner for Human Rights has made clear, the situation in Kashmir can only be solved with full respect for human rights.”

    Tension between India and Pakistan has escalated after the revocation of Jammu and Kashmir's special status.

    Islamabad has downgraded diplomatic ties with New Delhi and expelled the Indian High Commissioner.

    Pakistan has been trying to internationalise the Kashmir issue but India has asserted that the abrogation of Article 370 was its "internal matter".

    The two UTs came into existence on the day of the birth anniversary of the country's first Home Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, who is credited for merger of over 560 states into the Union of India.

    The August 5 decision by the Narendra Modi government to abrogate the special status given to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 and its bifurcation into two Union Territories was taken 72 years after the then ruler of the princely state, Maharaja Hari Singh, executed the Instrument of Accession on October 26, 1947, making it part of the Union of India.
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    3 Comments on this Story

    Devidas Telakat352 days ago
    What was the UN doing from 1948? What did the UNCIP do all these years? NOTHING.
    If the UN had any respect for itself,it should have got Pakistan out of Kashmir as resolved by the UNSC in 1948. The rest will have followed without the violence witnessed till date.
    Monoranjan Bezboruah358 days ago
    Finally we have a Government in India that has the guts to do what needed done! The Issue now on is --what to do with the portion of Kashmir that Pakistan still occupies, and the portion that Pakistan illegally transferred to China. Time is in India''s favor, the only thing needed in our New Delhi is to see that the recalcitrant and anti-Nationalists like the Congress Party thugs and its Allies and Fellow Travelers do not ever get back to power to the detriment of Mother India. J & K and Ladakh will now onward take off both economically and politically. This GOI is complimented duly for the courage that it has displayed.
    Anushka 359 days ago
    This issue was already in UN. After 75 years don''t tell us what to do.
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