The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is set to discuss the alarming human rights situation in Indian-occupied Kashmir for the second time in less than six months.

A meeting of the UNSC to discuss the occupied Kashmir situation has been scheduled for January 15, according to reports. The council had last discussed the Kashmir issue in August. 

According to sources, the UN Military Observer Group is likely to brief the members of the Security Council on the rapidly deteriorating situation along the Line of Control (LoC) between nuclear-armed Pakistan and India. 

The sources also said Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, who is on a three-country trip, will arrive in New York today. 

The meeting comes a month after the foreign minister had penned a letter to the United Nations identifying ceasefire violations by Indian troops along the LoC. 

Will UN be able to help?

The Kashmir issue has been dragged for a long time in the United Nations Security Council, so, it wouldn’t come as a surprise if the meeting once again bears no fruit.

The first meeting about the LoC violations was held in August. Sadly, UN had not given out a clear cut condemning statement and the members had refrained from calling for an emergency session on the disputed Kashmir region. Instead, they urged India and Pakistan to resolve the matter bilaterally.

Keeping this in mind, we wouldn’t be holding our breathes over the outcome of this second meeting. However, one can hope.


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