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Will take Kashmir issue to the International Court of Justice: Pak foreign minister Qureshi

File photo of Pakistan's foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi. Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team Islamabad Aug 20, 2019, 07.51 PM (IST)

Pakistan said on Tuesday it would take Jammu and Kashmir issue to the International Court of Justice(ICJ), after the Indian government scrapped article 370 which gave special status to the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir

"We have decided to take Kashmir case to the International Court of Justice," foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi told ARY News TV.

"The decision was taken after considering all legal aspects."

On Tuesday, India's defence minister Rajnath Singh spoke to US secretary of defence Mark Esper and informed him that that issues relating to Article 370 were an internal matter of India which was aimed at improving growth and economic development, democracy and prosperity for the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

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Earlier, PM Modi had spoken to President Trump on Monday and asserted that India is committed to regional peace. "Certain nations are spreading anti-India propaganda," the Indian prime minister told the US president during the phone call.

After the phone conversation, President Trump told PM Imran to moderate rhetoric with India over the situation in Jammu and Kashmir. The US President also reaffirmed the need to avoid escalating the situation and urged restraint.

PM Modi had told President Trump that certain leaders were resorting to extreme rhetoric and inciting anti-India violence which was not conducive to peace. 

On Friday, Pakistan received a setback after the UNSC in a closed-door meeting did not mention article 370 after China pushed for  “closed consultations" with member states on India's move to do away with Article 370 which was ratified by the Indian Parliament.
 

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On Friday, Pakistan received a setback after the UNSC in a closed-door meeting did not mention article 370