Pakistan is having an awful and disappointing time as far as its attempts to rake up the issue of abrogation of Article 370 at an international level is concerned. In a severe blow to the terrorist country, the United Nations Security Council chief, Joanna Wronecka, has reportedly refused to comment on a Pakistan’s letter regarding abrogation of Article 370 that granted special status to Jammu & Kashmir by India. In what would have come as a shocker Pakistan, Ms. Wronecka said, “no comments,” when asked for a reaction about the Pakistani letter at a press briefing.
The UNSC President’s refusal to make any comment about Pakistan’s letter regarding scrapping of Article 370 and Jammu & Kashmir comes after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s controversial statement in Pakistan’s Parliament and that his government would take the matter of abrogation of Article 370 to the world body.
It must be noted that Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi had recently written a letter to the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres wherein Qureshi claimed that by abrogating Article 370, India had violated the UNSC Resolution. However, in a massive blow to Pakistan, Stephane Dujarric, spokesperson of the UN Secretary-General said in a statement, “The Secretary-General also recalls the 1972 Agreement on bilateral relations between India and Pakistan, also known as the Simla Agreement, which 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.”
UN chief Antonio Guterres, recalled the Simla Agreement of 1972 which rules out third party mediation between India and Pakistan merely a day after Pakistan’s envoy to the UN Maleeha Lodhi met Guterres’ Chef de Cabinet Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti and also asked the UN Secretary-General to “play his due role” after India’s move of abrogating Article 370.
It must be kept in mind that Pakistan has always tried to internationalise the issue of Kashmir. It has even resorted to lies and falsehoods in the past in vicious yet unsuccessful attempts to raise the Kashmir issue at the United Nations. Even this time around Pakistan wanted to internationalise the issue, but much to its dismay the UN Secretary-General has neither offered his good offices nor has it offered mediation between India and Pakistan on the issue of Kashmir. Pakistan’s efforts have largely gone in vain and the terrorist country has ended up incurring massive diplomatic costs for a futile exercise. The Imran Khan government in Pakistan had to cry foul at the United Nations out of domestic pressure. This has concluded as yet another diplomatic victory for India.