Pak army chief chairs corps commanders meet, asks world community to take notice of K-situation; India tells UN Pak ‘extols virtues of terrorists’
Srinagar: India and Pakistan exchanged diplomatic barbs over the UN Chief Ban Ki Moon’s recent comments on Kashmir following the spate of civilian killings in the region by the government forces to quell the massive defiance instigated by the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant commander Burhan Wani and his two associates.
Pakistan on Thursday said the Kashmir dispute had an international recognition and India, calling it an internal matter, was making a “violation of UN Security Council resolution”.
India has hit back on Pakistan and accused it of “extolling the virtues” of terrorists and uses terrorism as a state policy towards the “misguided end” of coveting the territory of others.
“Kashmir is a disputed matter with numerous UNSC resolutions outstanding on its agenda that reiterate the call for plebiscite,” Pakistan’s Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakaria said in Islamabad at a weekly press briefing.
The statement came in response to the remarks by Indian Ministry of External Affairs’ spokesman Vikas Swarup saying that Pakistan should refrain from issuing statements on the recent unrest in Kashmir and stop interfering in the “internal affairs of its neighbours”.
Zakaria said the international community recognized the Kashmiris’ movement for self-determination and it were the Indian security forces in fact who were indulging in the state-terrorism in “Occupied Kashmir.”
“They are terrorizing the people which is condemnable and even targeting the ambulances and hospitals to deny treatment to Kashmiris,” he said.
He said the indigenous movement of Kashmiris was for their self-determination and was a resistance against the Indian occupation of their territory.
He said nothing could deter Kashmiris’ resolve to continue their struggle.
“Indian efforts to project Kashmiris movement as terrorism through baseless accusations cannot succeed,” he said.
The Spokesman said Pakistan had briefed the representatives of P5, European Union and OIC countries on the state of human rights violations by India in Kashmir.
To a question on how Pakistan and India could resolve the Kashmir dispute, he said Pakistan believed that dialogue was the best option.
He mentioned that despite several wars fought over Kashmir, the dispute could not be resolved and recalled a statement by former US President Bill Clinton terming Kashmir a nuclear flashpoint of South Asia.
“Pakistan is ready for dialogue and the international community should urge upon India to come to the dialogue table,” he said.
Meanwhile, India’s Ambassador to the UN Syed Akbaruddin responded strongly to the remarks made by Pakistan’s envoy Maleeha Lodhi on Kashmir and Wani’s killing during a debate on human rights in the 193-member UN General Assembly on Wednesday.
In her statement, Lodhi, apart from raising the Kashmir issue, also mentioned the “extra-judicial” killing of Wani, whom she described as a “Kashmiri leader”, by Indian forces.
Akbaruddin said Pakistan “extols” the virtues of terrorists and could not gain membership of the UN’s human rights body because of its “track record”.
Lashing out at Lodhi’s raising of the Kashmir issue at the multi-lateral world body, Akbaruddin said it is regrettable that Pakistan attempted to “misuse” the UN platform.
“Regrettably, earlier today we have seen an attempt at misuse of this UN platform. The attempt came from Pakistan; a country that covets the territory of others; a country that uses terrorism as state policy towards that misguided end; a country that extols the virtues of terrorists and that provides sanctuary to UN-designated terrorists; and a country that masquerades its efforts as support for human rights and self determination,” he said.
Akbaruddin asserted that Pakistan’s “track record” failed to convince the international community that it should gain membership of the Human Rights Council in this very session of the UNGA.
“We remain strongly committed to the promotion and protection of all human rights for all through pursuit of dialogue and cooperation,” he said.
Earlier, Pakistan’s Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif reiterated that the world needed to recognise the aspirations of Kashmiri people and their struggle for freedom, and help resolve the longstanding dispute for lasting amity in Kashmir and enduring peace in the region.
Chairing the corps commanders’ conference at the GHQ, Gen Raheel stated that the international community needed to play its part in order to establish peace in the valley.