As Kashmir remains the bone one of contention, Pakistan on Tuesday claimed that the international community has rejected India’s claim that the unrest in Kashmir is primarily a cross-border terrorism issue, as it blamed India for “scuttling” all opportunities for a “meaningful” dialogue to resolve the issue.
In a Pakistan hard-hitting statement, Prime Minister’s Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz, said Islamabad has always welcomed the endeavours aimed at addressing the human rights issues in the Valley and the resolution of the Kashmir issue.
India’s contention that the Kashmir issue is, primarily, an issue of cross-border terrorism, is a claim that no one in the world is prepared to accept todaySartaj Aziz, Pak Prime Minister’s Foreign Affairs Adviser
He also welcomed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogans suggestion of having a multilateral dialogue to resolve the issue. “The recent offer of the Turkish President Erdogan to strengthen the dialogue process among the stakeholders for resolving the Kashmir issue and his call for a multilateral approach to settle the issue must be welcomed,” Aziz said.
“In this context, the Indian counter proposal that it is ready for bilateral dialogue with Pakistan is no longer credible because in the past two decades India has scuttled all opportunities for a meaningful dialogue to resolve the Kashmir issue in accordance with the UN Security Councils relevant resolutions on KashmirSartaj Aziz, Pak Prime Minister’s Foreign Affairs Adviser
He alleged that the Indian government has broken its “own record of brutality” in Kashmir by “indiscriminately killing” unarmed Kashmiri protestors. Aziz said the Organisation of Islamic Cooperations (OIC) Declaration adopted by the 13th Summit in Istanbul, in April last, “out-rightly rejected India’s attempts of equating the Kashmiris’ freedom struggle with terrorism.”
“Political analysts and members of civil society from across the globe have concluded that the large scale uprising, which is going on in Kashmir, involving mostly young unarmed Kashmiris confronting fully armed Indian forces, clearly shows that Kashmir is a burning issue requiring urgent international attention,” Aziz said.
Meanwhile, spokesperson of the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres said that he is “paying attention” to the tensions between India and Pakistan at the border, adding that UN has not received any report of alleged recent ceasefire violations.
“The Secretary General is paying attention to this issue,” UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric told reporters at the daily briefing on Tuesday, when asked about the escalating tensions between two nuclear armed South Asian neighbours.
“We checked with our colleagues at UNMOGIP (United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan). We have not received any alleged ceasefire violations reports from the Indian authorities related to the latest incident that we saw yesterday,” he said.