UNSC to hold closed consultations on Kashmir on Friday

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China has formally requested for ‘closed consultations’ in the UN Security Council to discuss India’s decision to rescind Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir after Pakistan wrote a letter seeking a meeting, according to a top diplomat at UN.

A request for the meeting was made in a letter by China and came up during the Council’s informal consultations on Wednesday, the diplomat said.

Pakistan will not be present in room during the closed-door consultations, the diplomat added.

The diplomat said Poland, president of the council for August was working out the details for holding the meeting and when it was to be held.

Pakistan had asked for a meeting of the UNSC to discuss India revoking the special status to Jammu and Kashmir, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi recently said.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar during his recent bilateral meeting with China’s foreign minister Wang Yi in Beijing, conveyed that the decision to revoke Article 370 was an internal matter of India.

After India revoked Article 370 on August 5 and announced the bifurcation of the state into two union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, Islamabad had said that it will approach the UN Security Council against New Delhi’s decision.

India has categorically told the international community that its move to revoke Article 370 of the Constitution that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir is an internal matter.