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Kashmir Dispute on UNSC Radar After Decades  

ISLAMABAD: The UN Security Council will hold a consultative meeting in New York on Friday to discuss Pakistan’s request to debate on India’s act to abolish the special status of Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

The closed-door meeting to be held under “Pakistan-India” agenda item at about 1900 hours Pakistan Standard Time will decide how to proceed further on the issue.

The UN political department will brief the Security Council on the situation in Occupied Kashmir.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had written a letter to President of UN Security Council seeking a meeting of the highest world body after India abolished the special status of Occupied Kashmir. Subsequently, China supported Pakistan’s request for holding the meeting.

This is for the first time in fifty years that the UN Security Council is holding an exclusive meeting on Kashmir.

Pakistan and India will not attend the meeting because none of them is a member of the Security Council.

Besides five permanent members, which include the United States, China, Britain, France, and Russia; the Security Council also has ten non-permanent members, which are elected by the General Assembly for a period of two years.

The present non-permanent members of the Security Council are Belgium, Côte d’Ivoire, Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Germany, Indonesia, Kuwait, Peru, Poland and South Africa.