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Pakistan to knock on ICJ’s door over Kashmir: Reports

Tensions between India and Pakistan soured ever since India abrogated provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution to withdraw Jammu and Kashmir's special status and bifurcated it into two Union Territories.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 20, 2019 11:50:10 pm
After UNSC snub, Pakistan to knock on ICJ's door over Kashmir Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi. (Reuters)

Weeks after India revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status enjoyed under Article 370, Islamabad Tuesday said that it will approach the International Court of Justice (ICJ) over the issue, Pakistan media reported.

“An in-principle decision has been taken to take the issue of Kashmir to the International Court of Justice,” Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi was quoted as saying by ARY News TV.

Tensions between India and Pakistan have escalated ever since India abrogated provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution to withdraw Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and bifurcated it into two Union Territories.

The latest move comes four days after the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) held a closed-door, informal consultation on the Kashmir situation, although there were no statements or outcomes. Barring China, no other UNSC member commented on the meeting after it ended given that it was an informal consultation.

Following the UNSC meeting, India had underlined that the revocation of J&K special status was “an internal matter  and that these have no external ramifications”. India had also advised Pakistan to accept the reality and told Islamabad to “stop terror to start talks.”

On Monday, in the first phone conversation between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump since the special status of Jammu and Kashmir was revoked two weeks ago, Modi told Trump that “extreme rhetoric and incitement to anti-India violence” by certain leaders in the region was “not conducive to peace”. This was clearly aimed at Pakistan PM Imran Khan who has ratcheted up the rhetoric against India in the last two weeks.

Earlier this month, Imran Khan told a rare joint sitting of Pakistan’s Parliament that he will raise the Kashmir issue at every forum including the UN Security Council and also take the matter to the ICJ.

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