United Nations, Oct 14: Pakistan’s renewed efforts to internationalise the Kashmir issue has got a blow as the United Nations has once again ignored the initiative.
According to reports, the UN has refused to intervene reiterating that India and Pakistan need to resolve all differences through dialogue to find a long-term solution to the dispute.
Pakistan had reportedly sent a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon blaming India for the current escalations in violence along the disputed border between the two neighbours.
The letter signed by Sartaj Aziz, adviser to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on national security and foreign affairs, had sought the UN’s intervention to resolve the border tensions.
The letter said that Pakistan believes the UN has an important role to play in promoting the objective of peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue, including through his “good offices”.
“During the period of Oct 1-10, 2014, 20 ceasefire violations along the LoC were reported, resulting in 12 civilian deaths, 52 injured civilians and nine injured military personnel on the Pakistani side,” said Sartaj Aziz.
Pakistan has exercised utmost restraint and responsibility in responding to these provocations, Aziz said, adding “The Government of akistan sincerely hopes that better sense would prevail on the Indian side to prevent the situation from spiralling out of control.”
Last week, a war of words between the two countries over the situation at the LoC took place at the UN General Assembly where India said it was a “matter of deep regret” that Pakistan violated the ceasefire, in which eight people were killed and several others injured.
India reportedly made it clear that its armed forces are “fully ready” to respond to “provocation”, adding the onus of creating a positive environment for normalisation of relations is on Pakistan.
India also added that the UN has long maintained an institutional presence in the contested area between the two countries.
The UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) observes and reports on ceasefire violations along and across the LoC and the working boundary between the South Asian neighbours in Jammu and Kashmir, as well as reports developments that could lead to ceasefire violations.
It may be noted that India has always maintained that UNMOGIP has “outlived its relevance” and has “no role to play whatsoever” on the issue.
(With Agency Inputs)