Kashmir is not a bilateral matter: Ambassador of Pakistan in Indonesia

Ambassador of Pakistan in Indonesia, Abdul Salik Khan, during a special interview with Antara in Jakarta, Thursday, October 3, 2019. (ANTARA/Suwanti). Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

JAKARTA, Oct 4, 2019, ANTARA. The Ambassador of Pakistan in Indonesia, Abdul Salik Khan, emphasized that the issue of Jammu and Kashmir is not a bilateral matter between Pakistan and India. “There is a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) institution on Kashmir,” Ambassador, Salik Khan, stated in a special interview with Antara in Jakarta.

He delivered the remarks during a closed-door session held by the UNSC on August 16 to discuss the Kashmir issue, after Islamabad approached the intergovernmental organization across the globe.

Apart from that, Pakistan Prime Minister, Imran Khan, also raised the issue in the presence of world leaders at the 74th UN General Assembly in New York, United States, on Friday, September 27.

Ambassador Salik Khan claimed that after India unilaterally revoked the autonomy status of Kashmir on August 5, an inconducive environment emerged in its areas where the people were kept on lockdown.

He added that there are also restrictions on telecommunications, and repressive treatment meted out by India.

Ambassador Salik Khan said there are some 600 thousand Indian soldiers in the area where some eight million people Kashmiri Muslims live.

“Today is the 58th day that the people of Jammu and Kashmir are under curfew,” he affirmed.

He said Pakistan wanted to resolve the issue as PM Imran Khan believed that Pakistan is a country that can support Kashmir’s struggle.

“We support them morally, diplomatically, and politically,” Ambassador Salik Khan said.

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