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Pakistan’s Imran talks to five permanent members of UNSC on Kashmir

Islamabad/New York, Aug 16   Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday dialled to the five Permanent members of the UNSC to present its case before the closed door consultations on the India’s move of abrogation of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir.

In his talks with Trump, Khan voiced his concerns over India’s “illegal” move in Kashmir.While talking to the US President, Khan conveyed to him Pakistan’s concerns over the recent developments in Kashmir after India revoked its special status, and said that New Delhi’s moves posed a threat to regional peace.

The UNSC is to hold a behind-closed-doors meeting on Kashmir after China, Pakistan’s all weather friend insisted for an emergency meet. Islamabad tried for a formal session in which it could present its case.

In a televised statement, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said the Premier has reached out to four of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) over the Kashmir issue.

“Pakistan had presented its stance to the Prime Minister of Britain, President Trump, Foreign Minister of Russia. We have had direct contact with four of the five P-5 members. They are aware of Pakistan’s stance,” Qureshi added.

According to Qureshi, Khan had spoken with four of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council (UNSC) on the situation in Kashmir.

Qureshi said both the leaders also discussed the situation in Afghanistan, from where the US President is keen to pull out his country’s troops ahead of the US presidential election.

Imran Khan said Pakistan has been playing a constructive role to bring peace in Afghanistan.

The conversation between the two leaders was held in a cordial environment, Qureshi said, adding that they also agreed to remain in contact over the Kashmir issue.

“We are also trying to contact the French President so that his country understands our position,” he added.

Tensions have escalated between New Delhi and Islamabad following India’s decision to revoke Article 370 of its Constitution which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

Pakistan wrote a letter to Poland’s Joanna Wrencka, calling for an emergency meeting of the Council to discuss India’s action of removing Jammu and Kashmir’s special constitutional status.

Pakistan had sought a meeting under Rule 37 of UNSC’s provisional rules of procedure, through which a non-member may be allowed to speak in a formal meeting of the Council.

The UNSC president agreed to hold the informal consultations on Kashmir under the title of “India-Pakistan Question” on Friday .

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