China ignores Pakistan's call to urgently consider J&K situation at UNSC

NEW DELHI: As chair of the UN Security Council in March, and in clear departure from its previous position, China ignored a request from Pakistan to consider urgent and appropriate what the latter described as serious events in Jammu and (J&k).theimportanceofchina'sactionorinaction,whileholdingthepresidency,hasnotbeenlostinindia,asthetwocountriesseektojointlycombatcovid-19and,asforeignministersjaishankarsaid,theweeklastly,continuebuildingonbilateraleffortsinthisarea.

thegovernmentannouncedtuesdaythatairindiahadestablishedacargoairliftbetweenindiaandchina,whichworkedovertimetoconvincetheworldthatitisnotresponsiblefortheoriginofcovid-19,totransportcriticalmedicalequipmentandsuppliesbetweenthetwo.countries.

pakistaniforeignministershahmehmoodqureshiwrotetothen-unscpresidentzhangjunofchinaonmarch9,highlightingthedirehumanrightssituationatj&k.pakistanannouncedthisdevelopmentonlyonmarch27.

whilepakistan'sannouncementdidnotspecifywhatactionislamabadhadsought,aletterdatedmarch10,towhichtoiagreed,frompakistan'spermanentrepresentativemunirakramtozhangrevealsthatpakistanrequestedurgentandappropriateconsiderationbythecouncilofsecurityunderindia-questionfrompakistanaboutdevelopmentsinj&kthatposeathreattointernationalpeaceandsecurity.qureshi'sletterisattachedtothatsentbyakramtozhang.

beijinghadbeenopenlydefendingpakistan'scaseoverindia'sdecisiontorevokej&kspecialstatusuntiljanuarythisyear,includingforcingthesecuritycounciltoholdaninformalmeetinglastyearontheissue.chinaforcedtheunitednationssecuritycounciltoholdanotherclosed-doormeetinginkashmirthisyearinjanuary,butthisonealsoendedwithoutresultasanoverwhelmingmajorityinthecouncilagreedthattheissuecouldonlybediscussedbilaterally..

that,asthepresidentoftheunsc,hedecidednottoheedislamabad'scallforurgentconsiderationonthesamesubjectisasignificantchangebybeijinginregardstoindia.

asafollow-uptoqureshi'sletter,pakistanhasalsocalledfortheremovalofallcommunicationrestrictionsatj&kandunrestrictedaccesstomedicalsuppliesandotheressentialsuppliesinthewakeofthenewcoronavirusoutbreak.

however,inthenewcoronavirus,indiaandchinaappeartobeworkingtogethertocontainthedisease,asevidencedbyjaishankar'sconversationlastweekwithchinesestatecouncilorandforeignministerwangyi.afterjaishankartweetedabouthisconversationwithwang,thechineseambassadortoindia,sunweidong,saidthatindiahadagreednottolabelthevirus.sunsaidagaininatweetonwednesdaythatindiaandchinawerepartnerssailingonthesameboatandtryingtohelpeachother.

theindiangovernmenthassofarbeensilentontheoriginofthevirus.officialsourcesheredescribedtheg20videoconferenceasthebestillustrationofglobalcooperationwithoutanycountrytryingtoimputemotives.

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