Days after the United Nations Security Council(UNSC) held a “Closed Consultation” on the Kashmir issue, Pakistan, moving a step further, decided it would take the Kashmir dispute with India to International Court of Justice, after New Delhi revoked special status for its portion of the region earlier this month.
“We have decided to take Kashmir case to the International Court of Justice,” foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi told ARY News TV. Prime Minister Imran Khan told a rare joint sitting of Pakistan’s Parliament on August 6 that he will raise the Kashmir issue at every forum including the UN Security Council and also take the matter to the ICJ.
The Security Council considered the volatile situation surrounding Kashmir, addressing the issue in a meeting focused solely on the dispute, within the UN body dedicated to resolving matters of international peace and security, for the first time since 1965. It is understood that China played a key role in facilitating the UNSC meet on Kashmir.
On August 6, the government had revoked Article 370- which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir and divided the state into two Union Territories- one with a legislature and one without one.
India has been categorical that the scrapping of Article 370 of the Constitution was an internal matter and also advised Pakistan to accept the reality.