Published: Sun, September 30, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Kashmir needs a peaceful solution: Pak FM to United Nations secretary general

Kashmir needs a peaceful solution: Pak FM to United Nations secretary general

India Sunday strongly hit back at Pakistan for the "preposterous allegation" its Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi made at the United Nations that terrorists behind the 2014 attack on a Peshawar school were "supported" by India, saying the "despicable insinuation" dishonours the memory of the children killed in the assault.

India on Saturday refuted Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi's allegations that New Delhi sponsored terror activities in Pakistan as "preposterous".

She said a report by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Kashmir, which Qureshi mentioned and welcomed in his speech, is a publication that no UN member-state had asked for or supported and on which no action was taken. Pointing out that the 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed, who is a United Nations designated terrorist, enjoys "a free run" in Pakistan, Ms Gambhir said, "Pakistan must demonstrate that it has moved beyond the narrative of distortion, deception and deceit".

He said the prevailing situation in the Middle East is a matter of deep concern for Pakistan. "In our case, terrorism is bred not in some faraway land, but across our border to the west". Our neighbour's expertise is not restricted to spawning grounds for terrorism; it is also an expert in trying to mask malevolence with verbal duplicity.

He said during the last six days, he held fifty-four meetings with the world leaders including the Chinese and Russian Foreign Ministers and apprised them about Pakistan's stance on different global issues. "However, with the coming of the UNOCHR report this June, providing fresh evidence against India's Human Rights violations in Kashmir, India used the concocted narrative of beheadings as a diversion from the real issue of human rights violations", the piece read. The Minister said, Pakistan glorifies the killers and refuses to see the blood of innocents. "Till today, that draft has remained a draft, because we can not agree on a common language", Sushma Swaraj said. "But within hours of our acceptance, news came that terrorists had killed one of our jawans".

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"Does this indicate a desire for dialogue", Swaraj asked. But due to their attitude, the Indian government lost this opportunity for the third time. "With little achievements to the BJP government's credit to show in the upcoming elections, anti-Pakistan rhetoric is an easy election winning agenda in Indian politics", it said.

"Pakistan's commitment to terrorism as an instrument of official policy has not abated one bit".

Since independence from Britain in 1947, Pakistan and India have fought two of their three wars over Kashmir, divided between the two countries but sought by each in its entirety. "We believe that talks are only rational means to resolve the most complex of disputes", she said. Who hosts 132 @UN designated terrorists & patronises 22 entities sanctioned under @UN Security Council 1267 & 1988 resolution regimes?

"India violates the ceasefire on the line of control to divert the world's attention from human rights violations in occupied Kashmir", Qureshi said. It is now one of the smallest, with about 120 troops as of last month.

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