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 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 the other hand, The Supreme Court of India has stated on January 10, 2020 that any order that has been passed to restrict or suspend internet services in Jammu and Kashmir should be reviewed. “Such suspension can only be for a limited time period and is subject to judicial review,” it added.
The court was delivering its verdict on a batch of pleas including that of Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad challenging the restrictions imposed in the occupied state of Jammu and Kashmir following the scrapping of provisions of Article 370. A bench comprising of 3 Justices NV Ramana, R Subhash Reddy and BR Gavai were responsible for the judgment.
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05 April, 2020