Baku, August 15, AZERTAC
Pakistan asked the United Nations Security Council to meet over India’s decision to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, the Himalayan region that has long been a flashpoint in ties between the nuclear-armed neighbors, according to Reuters.
The move by India blocks the right of the state of Jammu and Kashmir to frame its own laws and allows non-residents to buy property there. Telephone lines, internet and television networks have been blocked since the Aug. 5 decision and there are restrictions on movement and assembly.
“Pakistan will not provoke a conflict. But India should not mistake our restraint for weakness,” Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi wrote in a letter to the Security Council seen by Reuters.
“If India chooses to resort again to the use of force, Pakistan will be obliged to respond, in self defense, with all its capabilities,” he said, adding that “in view of the dangerous implications” Pakistan requested the meeting.
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