Double observers under UNMOGIP, persuade India to allow UN patrol along LoC - Pakistan's fresh plea to UNSC

Pakistan has written yet another letter to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) urging the global body to intervene in Kashmir. Pakistan’s foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi also urged UNSC to double the number of observers under the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) and asked UNSC president to ‘persuade’ India to allow them to patrol on its side of the Line of Control (LoC).

“The Foreign Minister further suggested to the Security Council for doubling the number of United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) observers and persuading India to allow them to patrol on its side of the LoC as well,” a press statement by Pakistan’s Foreign Office said.

Earlier, Pakistan made reference to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s remarks on Kashmir to reportedly substantiate its claims on alleged human rights violation in Jammu and Kashmir. Congress was, however, quick to clarify that a ‘misinformation’ campaign was being run by Pakistan.

In a press communique, INC stressed that Kashmir is an integral part of India and an ‘internal matter’ of New Delhi. In a face-saving exercise, Gandhi too took to Twitter and said — “I disagree with this Govt. on many issues. But, let me make this absolutely clear: Kashmir is India’s internal issue & there is no room for Pakistan or any other foreign country to interfere in it.”

Later during the day, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar questioned Gandhi and asked if his mindset had changed after winning from Wayanad. In response, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala alleged that Javadekar was trying to politicise the stand ‘unitedly taken by India’.

“Prakash Javadekar is trying to politicize a stand unitedly taken for India by Indians and in favour of the entire country in front of the world community,” he said. J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik also slammed Rahul Gandhi calling his remarks ‘juvenile’.

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