The UN Security Council will hold a meeting on August 16th to discuss the situation around the status of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistani radio reported on Thursday.
Earlier media reported that China asked for closed consultations in the UN Security Council on the status of Jammu and Kashmir. Prior to this, Pakistan requested an urgent meeting on this issue by the Security Council.
In August, relations between India and Pakistan escalated after the leadership of India abolished the special status of the state of Jammu and Kashmir and introduced direct control from Delhi in this territory.
In response, the Pakistani government ordered lower diplomatic relations with India and halted bilateral trade with that country. Pakistani authorities also cut off rail and bus connections with India earlier this week.
In turn, the country’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the re-subordination of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir to the central government in Delhi will put an end to terrorism in this territory. He recalled that “over the past three decades, 42 thousand people have died in the region.”
On August 5, Indian President Ram Nath Kovind signed a decree abolishing the 370th article of the Indian constitution, which secured the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. Prior to the submission of the document, 8 thousand troops were sent to the territory. Three local politicians were taken under arrest.
Most of the state’s population is Muslim. Local separatists advocate the independence of Jammu and Kashmir or its accession to neighboring Pakistan (in this area there is no official border between the states, they are only separated by a control line). Since the independence of the two countries in 1947, a settlement in this area has remained the main problem in their relations.