Indian Permanent Representative to the UN Syed Akbaruddin defended the revocation of Jammu and Kashmir's special status enjoyed under Article 370, noting that it was "an internal matter of India." He spoke to the press following a UN Security Council's (UNSC) closed-door meeting on the Kashmir issue at the UN headquarters in New York City on Friday.
Akbaruddin said, "Our national position was and remains that matters related to Article 370 of the Indian Constitution are entirely an internal matter of India. These have no external ramifications."
The Indian envoy stressed that "the recent decisions taken by the government of India and our legislative bodies are intended to ensure that good governance is promoted, social-economic development is enhanced for our people in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh."
Akbaruddin also called on Pakistan to "stop terror to start talks."
Speaking to the press, Pakistani Representative to the UN Maleeha Lodhi noted that "the voice of people of occupied Kashmir has been heard today in the highest diplomatic forum of the world," before adding that the meeting "nullifies India's claim that Jammu and Kashmir is an internal matter for India."
The meeting comes at a time of growing tensions between India and Pakistan, after the Indian government decided on August 5 to strip the region of its autonomous status under Article 370 of the constitution. The move provoked strong reactions in Pakistan, leading Islamabad's authorities to announce they would cut bilateral trade with India and expel the Indian ambassador.