When Pak Foreign Minister Said "Indian State Of Jammu And Kashmir" At UN

The Pakistan Foreign Minister said the words when he was speaking to reporters and questioning why New Delhi does not allow international media and organisations into Jammu and Kashmir

Shah Mehmood Qureshi was speaking to reporters after his speech at UNHRC.

Geneva:

Pakistan, which has been desperately trying to highlight Jammu and Kashmir at international forums since India ended its special status under Article 370, called it an "Indian state" on Tuesday. Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi's comment was described variously as an admission and as acknowledgement, finally, of India's position.

Pakistan, in its official communication, usually refers to Jammu and Kashmir as "India Administered Kashmir".

The Pakistan Foreign Minister, who is leading his country's delegation at the United Nations Human Rights Council session in Geneva, said the words when he was speaking to reporters and questioning why New Delhi does not allow international media and organisations into Jammu and Kashmir.

"India is trying to give an impression to the world that life has returned to normalcy. If the life has returned to normalcy, then I say, why don't they allow you, the international media, why don't they allow the international organisations, the NGOs, civil society organisations to go into the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir and see for themselves what the reality is," Mr Qureshi told reporters after his address.

Pakistan, at the UNHRC, called for an international investigation and said the world rights body should not remain "indifferent" over India's decision on Kashmir.

India has always maintained that Kashmir is a bilateral issue that needs no third-party intervention. It has also told the international community that its decisions on Jammu and Kashmir are an internal matter, which most nations have accepted.

Pakistan wrote to the United Nations last month, flagging what it called "massive violations of International Human Rights Law" in Jammu and Kashmir. India said the letter was "not worth the paper it was written on".

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