Jordan urges dialogue to resolve India-Pakistan tensions

Jordan urges dialogue to resolve India-Pakistan tensions

China supported Pakistan's request for the UNSC meeting to discuss the revocation of article-370 that grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir, and asked for the body to meet behind closed doors on Thursday or Friday, diplomats said.

Khan spoke Wednesday at a celebration of Pakistan's Independence Day.

Kashmir Solidarity Day was observed on the occasion of the 72nd anniversary of independence as decided by the National Security Committee.

The abrogation of Jammu's and Kashmir's special status is a longstanding demand of the Hindu right and a key element in its plan to transform Indian into a Hindu rasthra or state.

Thousands gathered at rallies and protests in Azad Kashmir, including its capital Muzzafarabad, plus the towns of Bagh, Rawlakot, Kotli, and Mirpur, to denounce India's move last week.

The police and military said three Pakistani soldiers were killed when Indian troops targeted their post in Leepa town along the Line of Control, and two civilians died when mortars fired by India hit a village in Poonch town.


Fearing unrest, India snapped telecommunications and imposed a curfew in the part of Kashmir it controls on August 4, a day before the surprise presidential order. Millions of Kashmiris are living under emergency rule meant to suppress any violent reaction.

Due to the Indian government's information blockade, the people of Jammu and Kashmir are cut off from the outside world and little information about what is happening there has leaked out.

Separately, two civilians were killed and one injured by the Indian troops along the LoC in Rawalakot district in Pakistani-held Kashmir, a senior local official there told AFP. The sweeping changes in Kashmir come three months after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won a general election in which they pledged to revoke Kashmir's special status. In reaction, Pakistan downgraded its diplomatic relations and suspended trade relations and train service with India.

Pakistan has taken the matter to the UN Security Council, where it relies on China's backing. Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi blamed India for increasing tensions at the border.

However, it is unclear that other Security Council members will support Islamabad. He also said a meeting was needed urgently.

It said this is a big success for Kashmir and Pakistan.


He said China and Pakistan had also nominated their focal persons at Director General level for the goal.

The military said the two sides were still exchanging fire, prompting villagers to move to safer places.

Instead of reducing violence, this action may actually lead to further intensification of the long lasting insurgency in Kashmir, which has been going on since 1989.

The incident comes at a time when Pakistani and Kashmiris across the world are observing India's Independence day as Black Day to protest against the country's illegal annexation of the Occupied Kashmir.

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