Washington: A US Congresswoman has urged India and Pakistan to protect human rights and promote peace in the region as the UN Security Council is set to hold closed-door consultations on the revocation of the special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
Pakistan has written a letter to UNSC president, seeking an urgent meeting of the UNSC over the matter.
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, who is co-chair of Pakistani Congressional Caucus and also a member of the India Caucus, tweeted on Thursday, "Pakistan and India have a chance for peace and to protect human rights at the United Nations Security Council meeting tomorrow."
"I'm urging, as someone who knows the region, for both nuclear powers to take this opportunity to protect human rights and to promote peace," she wrote on the microblogging site.
On Thursday she attended the Independence Day celebrations at the Indian Consulate in Houston. "In the spirit of (Mahatma) Gandhi and Dr Martin Luther King, Jr., we celebrate the 73rd Independence Day of India," she wrote on Twitter.
India has categorically told the international community that its move to abrogate the special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Constitution was an internal matter and has also advised Pakistan to "accept the reality".
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has urged India and Pakistan to exercise "maximum restraint" and refrain from taking steps that could affect the status of Jammu and Kashmir.
He had highlighted the Simla Agreement which rejects any third-party mediation on the issue.