Un Chief Invokes Shimla Agreement


After Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan called on the international community to examine the situation in Kashmir, UN chief Antonio Guterres called on his neighbours to be “maximum restraint.” The UN chief then referred to the Simla agreement, which stipulates that Kashmir is a bilateral matter. According to the report, the reference to the Shimla agreement is in a way a rejection of Pakistan`s attempts to request UN intervention in this matter, since the 1972 pact provides the framework for a bilateral settlement of the conflict. On 9 August, UN chief Antonio Guterres urged India and Pakistan to exercise “maximum restraint” and not take steps that could influence the status of Jammu and Kashmir, stressing the Shimla agreement, which denies third-party mediation on the issue. Amid the weakening of india-Pakistan relations after India abolished Articke 370 to grant special status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir, UN chief Antonio Guterres on Thursday called on India and Pakistan for “maximum restraint.” He also called on the two neighbouring countries not to take measures that could affect the status of Jammu and Kashmir, while highlighting the Shimla agreement, which opposes third-party mediation on the issue. Islamabad had asked the UN chief to play his “due role” after New Delhi`s decision to withdraw the special status to J-K. Instead, he referred to the Shimla agreement, which is a bilateral agreement between India and Pakistan, and refuses any third-party mediation on this issue. While Pakistan addresses the United Nations on all issues relating to the state of Jammu and Kashmir, it has also committed several violations in Pakistan, Fulmic Kashmir (PoK), changing the demographics of the region and detaching Gilgit-Baltistan from poK. . The Office of the Secretary-General made no reference to an international role and referred to the bilateral approach of the 1972 Simla Agreement on bilateral relations between India and Pakistan. . While rejecting Pakistan`s proposal and intervention, Guterre said he was “concerned by reports of restrictions on the Indian Kashmir side” and warned that such measures could “aggravate the human rights situation in the region,” Guterres` spokesman said. READ: Article 370 of J-K has been abolished: Pakistan officially quotes Congress in its attempts to internationalize India`s internal affairs He said there was no plan for the Secretary-General to inform the Security Council on Kashmir . .

. . Dujarric explicitly stated that the Secretary-General “also recalls the 1972 agreement on bilateral relations between India and Pakistan, also known as the Shimla Agreement, which stipulates that the final status of Jammu and Kashmir must be settled by peaceful means” in accordance with the UN Charter. He said that the United Nations position in the region was governed by the United Nations Charter and applicable to Security Council resolutions. READ: Article 370 of J-K has been abolished, Congress asks if Kashmir is an “internal matter”; Amit Shah pulls back. Guterres also called on “all parties not to take action” that could influence the status of Jammu and Kashmir. He said that the United Nations position in the region was governed by the United Nations Charter and applicable to Security Council resolutions. Asked whether he referred more specifically to UN Security Council resolutions on Kashmir in the statement, Dujarric said: “I will not go into the details of the statement, which also refers to our concerns” regarding reports of restrictions on Kashmir in India.