Hammered by India's permanent representative at the United Nations Syed Akbaruddin, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan 'welcomes' the UNSC meeting held in New York.
In a tweet, the Pakistani Prime Minister said that he "welcomed" the UNSC meeting to discuss the "serious situation" in Jammu and Kashmir, further adding that it was the first time in half a decade that this issue was taken up.
Here is what he said:
I welcome the UNSC meeting to discuss the serious situation in Occupied Jammu & Kashmir. It is for the first time in over 50 yrs that the world’s highest diplomatic forum has taken up this issue. There are 11 UNSC resolutions reiterating the Kashmiris right to self determination.— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) August 17, 2019
And the UNSC meeting was a reaffirmation of these resolutions. Therefore addressing the suffering of the Kashmiri people & ensuring resolution of the dispute is the responsibility of this world body.— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) August 17, 2019
India's permanent representative at the United Nations Syed Akbaruddin addressed the media on Friday after the UNSC (United Nations Security Council) meeting in New York. Syed Akbaruddin significantly answered three questions from three Pakistan reporters each and one each from international media reporter and Indian media reporter. "So that you don't have any doubts that I have answered three Pakistan questions," he said adding to his remarks.
However, responding to the questions of the Pakistani reporters, he gave a stern warning to the neighbouring country in order to initiate dialogue, calling for action against terror activities.
"Using terror to try and push your goals is not the way a normal state behave in - Stop terror to start talks," he said in a stringent warning to Pak.
At the beginning of the Q&A session, while journalists were clamouring to ask questions, he assured saying:
"Relax, I will answer five questions - which is five times more than my last two predecessors, who came here."
Further, when asked about the way forward as most global powers have stated that Jammu-Kashmir is a bilateral issue he said:
"It is now for Pakistan to stop terror and start talks."
When asked about the restrictions on the ground put in place in Jammu-Kashmir prior to the abrogation of article 370, he said:
"Prevention is better than cure. Our measures were to stop terrorists from bleeding our people. There are no fatalities in the last 10 days."
Responding to the questions of the media for the first time, he asked the journalists to cut him some slack while asking their queries.
UNSC held close door meetings after China pushed Pakistan's desperate appeal over Kashmir. However, following the discussions, UNSC urged India to resolve the issue bilaterally, showing evident reluctance to step in.
Earlier in the day US President Donald Trump refusing Pakistan's request said that India and Pakistan must resolve the issue bilaterally.
The phone conversation between Trump and Khan took place before the close-door-consultation of the 15 members of the UN Security Council in New York. The White House readout of the call was issued after the meeting concluded at the UN headquarters in New York.
“The President conveyed the importance of India and Pakistan reducing tensions through bilateral dialogue regarding the situation in Jammu and Kashmir," Deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said in a statement.