China-Pak ‘closed meetings’ with United Nations today

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Delhi: The UN Security Council will meet today to discuss India’s decision to revoke Article 370, which gave special status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir after Pakistan wrote a letter on the issue to the world body. China, Pakistan’s closest ally, has asked for “closed consultations” in the UN Security Council. A UN diplomat had told that China had asked for closed consultations on the Security Council agenda item ‘India Pakistan Question’. “The request was in reference to the Pakistani letter to the UN Security Council President,” the diplomat said. According to UN records, the last time “the Security Council addressed the dispute between India and Pakistan over the territories of Jammu and Kashmir” under agenda item ‘The India-Pakistan question’ was in 1964-65. India had asserted that the Pakistani request was “a propaganda move.” The issue of Kashmir was also raised under a separate agenda item ‘Situation in the India/Pakistan subcontinent’ in 1969-1971. Following India’s decision to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan formally called for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss India’s move, Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said.