Mindful that they both have a lot to answer in terms of strife in their own backyards, China (with Pakistan in tow) requested United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for a close door consultation on the Kashmir issue. Earlier, Pakistan had made a similar request and failed over India’s move to nullify and scrap Article 370 and Article 35A that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
The reason being cited by foreign policy and J&K experts is that China does not want the world media to know of the UNSC deliberations as surely the developments in Hong Kong and the illegal occupation of Pakistan Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (POJK) and Tibet could also be raised as counter argument by India and other Four Permanent members (apart from China) of the UNSC namely – France, Russia, United Kingdom and United States of America. These four permanent members are supporting India’s move on Kashmir terming it as India’s internal matter.
Speaking to Rajkaran.com on conditions of anonymity citing security reasons, a J&K policy expert from Jammu and Kashmir Study Circle (JKSC) argued that it is not surprising to find UNSC taking up the issue, despite its recent direction to Pakistan to resolve all bilateral issues with India in accordance with the 1972 Simla Agreement. Both the UNSC and China had refrained from intervening admitting it was an internal matter of India. The UN too had refused to intervene citing it as an internal matter of India.
She further revealed that both the Chinese and Pakistani’s have heavily sort of “infiltrated” into United Nations secretariat, UNSC secretariat and the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC). “They have recruited Chinese and Pakistani nationals into the secretariat of these UN bodies. Whenever, the UN or these bodies are in session Indians will not find any decent accommodation anywhere in New York. Our Indian government and Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) for some strange reasons have been quite lethargic in exerting their presence and having a strong lobby backing it in the UN”, she added.
“The UNHRC is heavily dominated by Pakistani’s, which explains why the UNHRC gives out what look like anti-India statements. The pro-Pakistani lobby at the UNHRC often holds anti-India seminars where India bashing is their favorite topic. The Pakistani’s who curate the panel discussions do not allow any official presence of India or any Indian who they feel is likely to speak against them. They offer scholarships and internships at the UNHRC to brainwashed Indian students who rant against India over alleged Human Rights violations. They fed with doctored data and documents to speak against India”, she added.
She added that on one occasion she managed to sneak into one such session that was being moderated by a Pakistani in the presence of known separatists from Kashmir valley. “I had worn a western outfit and hence they could not recognize that I was an Indian and insisted that she be heard first. Otherwise they do not allow anyone else to speak. I confronted the two girls, one from the North-East and another from Bengaluru and revealed to them that this whole ploy of them getting a scholarship or internship was the handiwork of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). The girls took to her heels and ran away”, she further revealed.
As for the Chinese, the reason behind their insistence on a close door consultation, she added was because they do not want anybody to come to know about the counter questions that would be posed to them on the on-going protests over the now stalled controversial Extradition for Hong Kong that has led to a shut down for the last 60 days. She further remarked “neither would it want anybody to know about its brutal repression in Tibet, or for that matter their illegal occupation and repression in POJK . Anyways the norm in the UN has been that anyone who rushes to it first with a complaint tends to lose his case”.
Meanwhile, a Supreme Court of India (SC) bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi on Friday heard a bunch of petitions filed by Kashmir Times Editor Anuradha Bhasin on “communication blackout” in the Kashmir valley and on Centers move to nullify and scrap Article 370 and Article 35A. The Center in its argument stated that the situation in J&K was “dynamic”, but would be settled in the next few days. Attorney General of India, K K Venugopal in his argument said “it was not proper to ‘jump the gun’ at this point of time. There were no curbs on any publication, and there should be another reason for its delay”. The CJI in response to the bunch of petitions on Article 370 observed that many petitions are “defective”.