1948: Pakistan Voices Disquiet on SC Resolution

Pakistan said that the measures envisaged in the Security Council’s resolution (on Kashmir) “are not adequate to ensure an impartial plebiscite”. On May 7, India voiced objections to the Council’s recommendations. Both parties, however, agreed to confer with the UN Commission for India and Pakistan (UNCIP). With end of winter and roads no longer snow-bound, India was poised on a large-scale military offensive to capture Muzaffarabad. Gen Gracey, the commander-in-chief of Pakistan Army, made an urgent request to his government to permit Pakistan’s regular forces, in limited strength, to enter Kashmir to prevent “an easy victory of the Indian army.” To forestall grave danger to Pakistan, Gen Gracey said, India could be “allowed to sit on the doorsteps of Pakistan” and “to advance beyond the general line of Uri-Poonch-Naushehra.” Pakistan moved in three army brigades with strict instructions to take defensive positions behind Azad forces and not to take part in battle unless Indian troops broke through. No air cover was provided to Pakistan forces, lest fighting escalate to a Pak-India war.

Graham Made UN Rep on Kashmir
1951: Dr. Frank P. Graham, President of the University of North Carolina was appointed by the Security Council, as the United Nations Representative in the Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan.