UN Security Council expected to sit on Kashmir issue on Friday

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The United Nations Security Council has accepted Pakistan’s request for an urgent meeting on the situation of the Indian-occupied Kashmir.

Foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi made the request in a letter to UNSC President Joanna Wronecka, seeking to participate in the meeting under the agenda item ‘India-Pakistan question’.

The UNSC is expected to hold a session on the Kashmir dispute on Friday, Radio Pakistan reported.

Geo News also quoted UNSC president Joanna Wronecka as saying: “The UNSC will discuss the Jammu and Kashmir situation behind closed doors most likely on August 16.”

The development comes a day after China also backed Pakistan’s request for the international body to discuss India’s move and asked the UNSC on Wednesday to meet behind closed doors, according to sources.

France responded to the request by proposing that the council discuss the issue in a less formal manner — known as “any other business” — next week, sources added.

Radio Pakistan highlighted that the last time occupied Kashmir found a reference in the UNSC was the UN Security Council Resolution 1172 in 1998 after Pakistan had conducted nuclear tests.