China in defensive mode at UNSC over Kashmir issue

Clay Curtis
August 23, 2019

Sources in the Prime Minister's Office said that Khan will embark on a four-day visit to the United States on September 23, The Express Tribune reported.

India and Pakistan will have to find a solution to the issue and no third party should interfere or incite violence in the region.

Tensions have simmered between India and Pakistan following the BJP-led Centre's decision to revoke Article 370 that guaranteed special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

US President Donald Trump is "ready to assist" India and Pakistan over the Kashmir issue if both sides ask for it, the White House said on Thursday (August 22), even as Washington was "very closely" monitoring the situation.

Last week, Pakistan also took up the matter at the UNSC which was hailed by the country's officials as the great diplomatic achievement and internationalisation of the Kashmir dispute.

"These militants are supported by the Pakistan Army for terrorist attacks against India", said a senior Army officer, adding: "The attacks have been planned through Border Action Team".

According to the official, Trump is "very focused" on the situation in Kashmir.

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He said this while addressing Pakistani Community in Italy where a large number of Pakistani expatriates joined a reception to mark the Independence Day celebrations and Kashmir solidarity day.

"I wanted to inform the world that Modi's government was impressed by Hitlar's mindset and Indian nuclear use threat is very risky and could have serious repercussions", the President said in an interview to a private television channel.

"The President gave a patient hearing to the Pakistan High Commissioner's views and stated that both India and Pakistan have excellent friendly relations with Sri Lanka and Sri Lanka's interest is to see the growth of regional cooperation and friendship".

Imran Khan addresses media at an event. "And then you are looking at two nuclear-armed countries eyeball to eyeball, and anything can happen", he said.

They also expressed serious concern about "the use of excessive force against protesters", saying: India has the responsibility to use the minimum force necessary when policing protests. "We are gravely concerned about allegations that the whereabouts of some of those detained is not known as well as the general heightened risk of enforced disappearances, which may proliferate against the backdrop of mass arrests and restricted access to the internet and other communications networks", they said.

India has repeatedly made it clear that talks with Pakistan is only possible after Islamabad stops sponsoring terror.

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