India Moves to Replace UN Military Observer Group in Jammu Kashmir Amidst Controversial Article 370 Abolishment

India is proposing a relocation of the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan from Srinagar in the Illegally Occupied Jammu Kashmir region as part of a larger move. The Prime Minister’s Office, along with the Ministry of External Affairs, directed the process.

This move has arisen noteworthy considerations subsequent to India’s abolishment of Articles 370 and 35 A, for this might be deciphered as an independent endeavor of how power over Jammu Kashmir. In any case, India made a point to assert that the 1972 Simla Agreement nullified United Nations Military Observer Groups’ role due to how it sanctioned the Line of Control as well as necessitated bilateral resolution for conflicts. It steers away from the former United Nations Security Council resolutions that regarded Jammu and Kashmir as a debated land until a plebiscite chose the will of the inhabitants. India requested the UN to cease its activities in Jammu and Kashmir in 2014, and reiterated the same thing in 2019.

The Indian Prime Minister’s Office and Ministry of External Affairs have begun the process of relocating the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan from Srinagar, Jammu, and Kashmir. This has sparked concerns due to India’s recent nullification of Articles 370 and 35″A”, which is believed to be an example of attempting to obtain unilateral control over the region. However, India firmly stands by the Simla Agreement of 1972 where the Line of Control was established and recognized bilateral settlement of disputes through the “overtaking” of the United Nations Military Observer Group’s role.

Despite this, existing United Nations Security Council resolutions state that Jammu and Kashmir are still regarded as a disputed territory until a plebiscite holds its will. India has requested the cessation of the United Nations Military Observer Group’s operations in the region since 2014 and further reinforced this in 2017 by declaring its lack of mandate to monitor the area.