Pakistan Gets Only China Backing At UNSC Meeting On Kashmir: Report  
Imran Khan, Pakistan’s prime minister, speaks during a meeting in Washington, D.C., U.S. (Photographer: Michael Reynolds/Pool via Bloomberg)

Pakistan Gets Only China Backing At UNSC Meeting On Kashmir: Report  

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With only China "openly favouring" Pakistan at the United Nations Security Council, a leading Pakistani newspaper on Friday commented that the top organ of the world body’s current composition does not seem to favour Islamabad as the Council discusses India’s revocation of the special status to Jammu & Kashmir.

The UN Security Council is scheduled to hold a rare meeting on Kashmir on Friday after India revoked the special status to J&K, sparking a fresh row with Pakistan.

The meeting will take place behind closed doors with only the five permanent members and the 10 non-permanent members attending it.

India has categorically told the international community that its move to scrap Article 370 of the Constitution removing the special status to J&K was an internal matter and has also advised Pakistan to accept the reality.

Pakistani newspaper Dawn, reporting from the UN headquarters, noted that the country’s UN envoy Maleeha Lodhi and her team have been tirelessly working since early this month to sensitise the UN members on how India’s decision to revoke Kashmir’s special status threatens South Asia’s peace and stability.

“But the council’s current composition does not seem to favour Pakistan,” the report said.

Friday’s consultative meeting has been called by China, Pakistan's all-weather ally, on Islamabad's request to discuss the prevailing situation in J&K.

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“Only one of the five permanent members, China, openly favours Pakistan,” the Dawn report noted.

The remaining four permanent members Britain, France, Russia and the U.S. want India and Pakistan to address the Kashmir dispute in a bilateral set-up, it said.

While India too favours this position, New Delhi refuses to hold any talk on Kashmir, as it calls the Kashmir issue an internal matter, the report said.

The 10 non-permanent members who are elected for a two-year term by the UN General Assembly are Belgium, Cote d'Ivoire, Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Germany, Indonesia, Kuwait, Peru, Poland and South Africa.

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While two of them Indonesia and Kuwait have sympathised with Pakistan in the past, it will be difficult to persuade others to back the Chinese request, the Dawn report said.

Meanwhile, The News International newspaper noted that though the Pakistan government was going all out to muster global support, the responses and reactions received from the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and the Muslim nations individually are rather weak.

The nearly 50-year-old OIC has issued few statements studded with diplomatic jargon sans any conviction seemingly, an article in the newspaper noted.

The Indian trade and business prowess within the OIC member states is relatively too large to be ignored by its trading partners none of whom is currently paying any heed to Pakistan’s pleas, it said.

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