United Nations: Pakistan again raised the issue of Kashmir in the UN General Assembly on Saturday, saying the “unresolved dispute” remains a “blot on the conscience of humanity”.
Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, addressing the General Debate of the 73rd session of the UNGA, said Islamabad wanted a relationship with New Delhi based on “sovereign equality and mutual respect”.
“We seek resolution of disputes through a serious and comprehensive dialogue that covers all issues of concern,” he said in his address.
On the cancellation by India of foreign minister-level talks on the margins of the General Assembly, Qureshi said New Delhi had preferred “politics over peace”.
“They used the pretext of stamps issued months ago… and grave human rights violations, including pellet gun victims, as an excuse to back out from the talks,” he said.
“Dialogue is the only way to address long standing issues that have long bedevilled South Asia, and prevented the region from realising its true potential,” he said, adding that the “unresolved Jammu and Kashmir dispute hinders the realisation of the goal of durable peace” between the two countries.
“For over seventy years now, it (Kashmir dispute) has remained on the agenda of the UN Security Council and a blot on the conscience of humanity,” he said.
Qureshi also warned that if India ventures across the Line of Control, or acts upon its doctrine of “limited” war against Pakistan, “it will evoke a strong and matching response.”
Describing Pakistan as a victim of terrorism, Qureshi said his country wanted to sit with India to discuss all issues, including terrorism.