Kashmir situation is serious and dangerous: China tells at UNSC meet

China on Friday expressed “grave concerns” at the current situation in Kashmir at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) meeting and said that the situation in the state is “serious and dangerous”.

The Chinese envoy’s statement came after the UNSC held a closed-door meeting on the Kashmir situation after Pakistan approached it against New Delhi’s August 5 decision. The Indian Government scrapped special status to Jammu and Kashmir which was given under Article 370 of the Indian constitution.

Addressing a press conference China’s envoy said: “The situation is already very tense and dangerous right now there [in Kashmir]. India has violated bilateral agreement to keep peace in the border areas. It is obvious the constitutional amendment by India has changed the status quo by India.”

Urging India to refrain from any “unilateral action” on the Kashmir issue to avoid tensions, the Chinese envoy said that “such unilateral practice is not valid”. “The Security General made a statement to refrain from any unilateral step which is dangerous. The issue should be resolved in accordance with the UN charter,” he said.

Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Maleeha Lodhi welcomed the meeting at the UNSC on the issue of Kashmir and said the country was “grateful to China for calling this meeting”.

Lodhi said: “The voice of the Kashmiri people has been heard today. They are not alone, their voices have been heard. This is an international dispute. We are grateful for the 15 members of UNSC. We are ready for a peaceful settlement of J&K. It nullifies that J&K is an internal matter of India. The Chinese ambassador emphasised on Human Rights situations. This is not the first and last step.”

India 11 days ago revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special statusĀ  and bifurcated the state into two Union Territories of J&K and Ladakh. Since the decision the Indian government have told the international community that all decisions were taken as per the Indian Constitution and moreso, special status to Jammu and Kashmir was India’s internal matter.

Source : Various