Pakistan has brought up the Kashmir issue at the United Nations Security Council, accusing it of “selective implementation” of its resolutions.
“Nothing undermines the credibility of the Council more than selective implementation of its resolutions,” Pakistan’s Permanent Representative Maleeha Lodhi said on Tuesday during a session on its working methods.
“The Council should, therefore, periodically review implementation of its resolutions, especially on longstanding issues like the Jammu and Kashmir dispute,” she added.
“Failure to enforce its own resolutions undercuts not just the Council’s standing in the world, but the UN as well.” Her reference was to a 1948 Council resolution that called for a plebiscite to determine the future of Kashmir, while also demanding the withdrawal of Pakistani “tribesmen” who entered the state.
India has said that the “tribesmen” were Pakistani troops who tried to annex Kashmir.
Given Pakistan’s refusal to withdraw its troops, India could not hold a plebiscite and New Delhi maintains that by participating in the elections in the state the Kashmiri people have exercised their democratic rights integrating with India.
Other Council resolutions relating to Kashmir were about a commission to oversee the plebiscite and, in 1957, on a UN representative mediating between the two neighbours.