Pakistan narrates Article 370 revocation to Sri Lanka

By Staff Reporter
Wednesday – August 14, 2019
ISLAMABAD: Pakistani high commissioner Maj. Gen. (R) Shahid Ahmad Hashmat met with Sri Lankan opposition leader Mahinda Rajapaksa, on Tuesday, and briefed him about the latest situation in the Indian occupied Kashmir (IOK).

According to an official statement, Hashmat apprised Rajapaksa that unilateral actions taken by India, to scrap the special status of IOK by revoking the Article 370, were gross violation of international law.

He emphasised that Pakistan is strongly opposed to any move that would seek to alter the demographic structure of IOK as it is an internationally recognised disputed territory.

He further stated that these illegal steps have the potential to escalate the situation in the area, with grave implications for peace and security in the region.

He also stressed that ultimate resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute is to be determined through a plebiscite by the United Nations (UN), in accordance with numerous resolutions of the Security Council.

Hashmat underscored the importance of cooperation among South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries to promote peace and harmony in South Asia.