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India’s bid to back out of plebiscite commitment

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10.09.2020

During a virtual informal meeting of the plenary on the annual report of the Security Council, the Indian representative stunned the world community by his remarks. He `called for permanently removing the issue of Jammu and Kashmir under the outdated agenda item of the India-Pakistan question’ from the Security Council’s agenda. He added `such “irrational exuberance” has no takers in a dignified world’. In a veiled attack on Pakistan, he accused it to be ` globally known for being the fountainhead of international terror and the hub for terror syndicates’.Special Representative T.S. Tirumurti pointed out that even UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, in his statement last August, clearly referred to the 1972 bilateral Simla Agreement.

Till 1953, India was, at least verbally, committed to the plebiscite. But, in the subsequent period, it had been making frantic efforts to warp the United Nation Organization and woo the United States of America in her favour. For instance, during the temporary absence of Pakistan’s representative India tried to get the `India-Pakistan Question’ deleted from the UN agenda.

India based her plea on the Security Council’s informal decision, dated 30 July 1996, about deleting dormant questions. The Question was deleted during the Pakistani representative’s absence, but was restored to agenda upon his arrival.

No UN resolution incorporates India’s view that maharajah of Kashmir had acceded to India. The main resolutions on Kashmir are: (a) United Nations’ Commission for India Pakistan (UNCIP) Resolution dated 13 August 1948. Para 75 (Serial110) in Part III of this resolution states ‘The Government of India and the Government of Pakistan reaffirm their wish that the future status of the State of Jammu and Kashmir shall be determined in accordance with the will of the people and to that end, upon acceptance of the truce agreement, both Governments agree to enter into consultations with the Commission to determine fair and........

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