ISLAMABAD: Despite India’s efforts to curtail funding for United Nations Military Observer Mission in India and Pakistan, which monitors Line of Control in disputed Kashmir region, the UN General Assembly has approved a complete budget line for the peacekeeping unit.
During the negotiations in the Assembly’s Fifth Committee, which deals with economic and financial matters, the Pakistani delegation succeeded in thwarting India’s concerted attempts to minimize budget for UNMOGIP.
India, also failed in seeking to abolish a seat in UNMOGIP’s Srinagar wing that has been vacant for last two years. The recruitment delay for the seat was caused by lack of Indian visa.
On Jan 10, the Indian Supreme Court has asked the government to review its actions in the Occupied Jammu and Kashmir within seven days as they were unjustifiable.
Pronouncing its verdict on pleas filed against restrictions in the territory, the court termed Indian government’s restrictive orders in the occupied territory as abuse of power.
The top court ordered for immediate restoration of internet for essential services like health and education and said that right to internet access was a fundamental right under the Constitution and its suspension was unconstitutional.
The court also asked the government to publish all orders on internet suspension and travel restrictions to enable legal challenges.
Indian journalist Barkha Dutt has urged the apex court to issue a stricter verdict to get the internet blockade lifted.
Earlier this week, former Indian home minister and veteran Congress leader P Chidambaram had said that India had lost Kashmir.
In an interview with local media in New Delhi, he had said, “We have practically lost Kashmir as no democratic country can keep an entire population under siege.”