United Nations, Aug 30:India countered Pakistan’s attempt to raise the Kashmir issue at the Security Council and said it hoped that Prime Minister Imran Khan would work constructively to build South Asian region terror-free” rather than indulging in polemics.
Speaking at UN Security Council, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Syed Akbaruddin said, “We hope the new government of Pakistan will, rather than indulging in polemics, work constructively to build a safe, stable, secure and developed the South Asian region, free of terror and violence.”
While addressing the UN Security Council’s open debate mediation and settlement of disputes confronting Pakistan’s repeated references to the disputed territories, Akbaruddin said, “We remind Pakistan, the one isolated delegation that made unwarranted references to an integral part of India, that pacific settlement requires pacific intent in thinking and Pacific content in action. Regurgitating a failed approach, which has long been rejected, is neither reflective of pacific intent nor a display of Pacific content.”
Pakistan’s Permanent Representative Maleeha Lodhi referred to decades-old failed Council efforts and invoked the 1948 Council resolution setting up the UN Commission for India and Pakistan (UNCIP) for investigating and mediating the Kashmir dispute.
Akbaruddin questioned if the UN and the Council were even capable of mediating disputes, asserting that they were hobbled structurally and would not come to the mediation process “unencumbered.”
The session on mediation and settlement of disputes was presided over by Tariq Mahmood Ahmad, the British Minister of State for the Commonwealth and the UN.