In a massive snub to Pakistan, the UN rejected Pakistan’s propaganda to interfere in Jammu and Kashmir issue and asked both countries to resolve the issue via dialogue. Replying to Pakistan’s plea requesting the United Nations to intervene in Kashmir, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday appealed both India and Pakistan to resolve the Kashmir issue via bilateral dialogue.
The United Nations has cited the Simla Agreement of 1972, a bilateral agreement between India and Pakistan that rejects third-party mediation in Kashmir. “The 1972 Agreement on bilateral relations between India and Pakistan, also known as the Simla Agreement, states that the final status of Jammu and Kashmir is to be settled by peaceful means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations,” the UN said in a statement last month after approached by Pakistan to mediate on the issue.
The UN chief had earlier met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the G7 Summit last month in Biarritz, France, and has also spoken to Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi. The response from the UN Secretary-General in all means could be construed as a huge boost for the Narendra Modi government and for the diplomatic relationships. India has categorically told the international community that the scrapping of Article 370 was an internal matter and also advised Pakistan to accept the reality.