AGENCIES, Islamabad/New Delhi: Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan is a busy man these days. On one hand, he keeps urging the global community to give debt relief to developing countries that are fighting the novel coronavirus, as Pakistan itself has reported nearly 450 fresh cases, bringing the total number of the COVID-19 patients to 5,230. On the other, he wants to rake up the developments in the Indian-side of Kashmir issue with United Nations Security Council (UNSC) as always.
In a letter sent to the UNSC on Sunday, Pakistan foreign minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi has questioned the timing of the decision and accused India of taking advantage of global focus on coronavirus to change Kashmir’s demographics.
India’s foreign ministry hasn’t responded to Pakistan’s effort yet, but one Indian official said New Delhi will respond to Pakistan’s “three-page rant” at an appropriate time. He, however, underlined that the letter to UNSC was sent on the same day Prime Minister Imran Khan sent out a video SOS to the international community for help to deal with the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
In his letter to Jose Singer, the Special Envoy of the Dominican Republic who holds the UNSC President’s post this month, Pakistan alleged that the government’s new domicile rules for Jammu and Kashmir were designed to change the “demographic structure” of Jammu and Kashmir.
The Union home ministry had last month issued rules that reserve all government jobs in J&K for domiciled residents of the union territory. In this set of rules, the government had accepted demands from people who spent a lifetime in J&K that they should also be counted as residents.
Meanwhile, there has been a spike in firing along the Line of Control, the de facto border this year according to India.