New Delhi: India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin has said that Pakistan’s approaching the UN over the issue of Indian military strikes across the LoC has not found any resonance in United Nations. He also rejected claims that the UN mission monitoring the ceasefire along the LoC “has not directly observed” any firing. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s spokesperson Stephane Dujarric had said that the UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) “has not directly observed any firing across the LoC related to the latest incidents”, a reference to the calims of “surgical strikes” by the Indian army in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.
Akbaruddin told reporters at the Indian Permanent Mission in United Nations on Friday that the facts on the ground do not change whether somebody has “observed” them or not. “I have nothing to say because what (Dujarric) said was ‘directly observed’. It’s a call that they have to take. I cannot place myself in their boots and directly observe something,” the Indian envoy said when asked to comment on Dujarric’s remarks.
Akbaruddin said while Pakistan has reached out to the UN Chief and the 15-nation Council over the issues of the surgical strike and Kashmir, it’s call for intervention by the world body has not found any resonance as there was no further discussion on the matter.
“Yesterday there was some action. You are also aware of the reaction,” Akbaruddin said referring to Pakistan’s envoy Maleeha Lodhi meeting New Zealand’s UN Ambassador Gerard van Bohemen, president of the Council for the month of September.
“Yesterday the Pakistan ambassador did approach New Zealand. What they didn’t tell you after that was what happened. Did anyone raise anything after what was explained to in the UN Security Council? The answer that I know of is that there was no further discussion of this (surgical strike and Kashmir matter),” Akbaruddin said.
He said Pakistan had raised the issues through the New Zealand ambassador in “informal consultations” of the Council. “Was there a resonance? I didn’t hear that, nor did anybody else in those informal consultations. We are a responsible state. It is not our intention to aggravate the situation. However, as a responsible state, we will not tolerate impunity. We will not be indifferent to territory being used to kill innocent citizens of our country,” Akbaruddin said, adding that India hopes and expects “support from Pakistan also in that endeavour”.
The Indian envoy also added that Pakistan had raised the Kashmir issue in the General Assembly but asked how many nations “supported” it.
“By my count there were none,” he said. “At the high-level General Debate, there was a specific and long Pakistani submission (on Kashmir). I did not hear any resonance of that among any of the member states who took the floor. Ultimately 193 of them took the floor. There was no resonance. If you find anything contrary I’m willing to listen,” Akbaruddin said.
On whether India has been approached by the office of the Secretary General or the Security Council regarding de-escalation of the situation, Akbaruddin said, “I did not hear any response to the submission (by Pakistan) yesterday.”