Union Home Minister Amit Shah moved the resolution to revoke Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir in Lok Sabha on Tuesday. As soon as the resolution was moved, Congress opposed it and questioned whether Kashmir issue was an internal issue for India. Following the Congress' stand on the matter, Major General GD Bakshi spoke to Republic TV.
Slamming the Congress, General Bakshi said called their stand 'nonsense'. He said that India under Nehru's leadership had earlier Kashmir case to the United Nations despite the Indian Army successfully curbing Pakistani presence from Jammu and Kashmir during the first war.
"When the Indian Army was winning and working to pull the Pakistanis out of the whole state, we had victory in over 2/3rd of the state. But when it came to the remaining areas, India decided to approach the United Nations, which we have regretted ever since."
He also said that by 1971 and after the Shimla Agreement of 1972 and Lahore Declaration of 1999 it was decided that there will be no intervention in the case:
"We resolved that there will be no further third-party intervention. We also decided that all issues with Pakistan will be curtailed bilaterally," he said"Same conditions were decided in the Lahore Agreement of 1999... there is no question of UN having a mandate over Jammu and Kashmir."
General Bakshi also spoke about the instrument of expression filed by the Maharaja of Kashmir Raja Hari Singh:
"It is a legal instrument and irrevocable. The only thing left to discuss with Pakistan is that when are they going to vacate PoK," General Bakshi said.
Notably, Jawaharlal Nehru referred the dispute to the United Nations on 1 January 1948 when Pakistan attacked Kashmir. In a resolution dated August 13, 1948, the UN asked Pakistan to remove its troops, after which India was also to withdraw its forces and then plebiscite was proposed. However, Pakistan did not abide by the UN resolution and therefore India did not go ahead with UN solution of the matter.