The Ministry of External Affairs on Thursday refuted Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s assertion that he had shared a ‘dossier’ with the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon containing information on the gross human rights violations committed in Jammu and Kashmir.
In a statement to the media, MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup said there was no mention of the so called ‘dossier’ in the United Nations Secretary General’s statement. “We don’t need a dossier, whole world is aware of Pakistan’s role in promoting terror. No one and I mean no other country at UN has spoken on the subject Mr Nawaz Sharif devoted 80 per cent of his time to. The onus is now squarely on Pakistan to act against terror groups, who find safe havens in Pakistan,” said Swarup.
Responding to a question by the media on a US Congress bill designating Pakistan as a ‘terrorist state’, Swarup said it will be surely treated with the utmost seriousness. “India hopes the bill to designate Pakistan as a terrorist state by two US lawmakers will be treated with utmost seriousness. Virtually every statement by other countries at UN has referred to terror as main threat to peace, Pakistan still in denial,” said Swarup.
Speaking on the Uri attack in Jammu and Kashmir, Swarup said most countries have condemned the dastardly attack. “You would have seen the very strong condemnation of the attack by most countries including UK, France, Saudi Arabia and many others,” he added.
When asked whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi will travel to Pakistan for the SAARC summit, Swarup said, “Every question does not have a yes or no answer.”
The MEA’s terse response comes a day after Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif raked up the Kashmir issue at the UN,where he glorified slain Hizbul commander Burhan Wani as a “young leader” and also expressed readiness for a “serious and sustained dialogue” with India for peaceful resolution of all outstanding disputes. Sharif devoted much of his 20-minute speech at the UN General Assembly session to Kashmir and the current situation in the valley and said Pakistan “fully supports the demand of the Kashmiri people for self-determination”.
Sharif had demanded an “independent inquiry into the extra-judicial killings” and a UN fact-finding mission to Kashmir “so that those guilty of these atrocities are punished.”