UN has a ‘responsibility’ to resolve Kashmir issue: Pakistan

Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria, at his weekly briefing, said Kashmir is an "internationally recognised" dispute and is outstanding on the UN Security Council agenda.

By: PTI | Islamabad | Updated: June 22, 2017 7:32 pm
Pakistan, Kashmir issue, united nations, UN, Antonio Guterres, Pakistan Kashmir issue, pakistan kashmir news, Antonio Guterres, indian express news Zakaria lamented that the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions on the Kashmir dispute, which promise Kashmiris their right to self-determination in accordance with their wishes and aspirations, remain unimplemented. (Source: File photo/ AP)

Pakistan said on Thursday that the UN has a “responsibility” to resolve the Kashmir issue, days after UN chief Antonio Guterres stated that he is engaged in bringing about an Indo-Pak dialogue to resolve the matter. Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria, at his weekly briefing, said Kashmir is an “internationally recognised” dispute and is outstanding on the UN Security Council agenda.

“UN has a responsibility by virtue of these UN Security Council Resolutions to resolve the issue and call upon India to immediately stop bloodshed of Kashmiris,” he said. Zakaria lamented that the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions on the Kashmir dispute, which promise Kashmiris their right to self-determination in accordance with their wishes and aspirations, remain unimplemented.

Zakaria also stated that UN Secretary-General Guterres had offered mediation to resolve outstanding disputes between Pakistan and India soon after assumption of the office, which had been welcomed by Pakistan. “A similar offer was made in March this year by his Office,” he said. Zakaria’s remarks come after Guterres said on Tuesday that he is engaged in bringing about a dialogue between India and Pakistan to resolve the Kashmir issue through his meetings with the prime ministers of the two countries.

“Why do you think I met three times the Prime Minister of Pakistan and two times the Prime Minister of India,” Guterres said while responding to a question during a press briefing on whether he is engaged in bringing about a dialogue between India and Pakistan to resolve the Kashmir dispute. Following Guterres’ remarks, India affirmed that bilateral issues between India and Pakistan will have to be decided “bilaterally”.

“I have seen the reply which has been reported in the media. Essentially the secretary general asked a question in response to a question… Bilateral issues have to be decided bilaterally and the UN secretary general has been made aware of that position,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay said in New Delhi on Thursday. Zakaria claimed that the regional countries have also raised concerns over regional security situation due to the “intransigence and belligerent posturing” by India. He condemned the violence in Kashmir and urged that world human rights organisation to send fact-finding missions in Kashmir.

Zakaria claimed that the Kashmiris celebrating Pakistan’s victory in the final of ICC Championship were “beaten up” by the Indian forces. Commenting on the arrest of Muslims in India for celebrating Pakistan’s cricket victory, he said, “It reflects a sad state of affairs in India.” Zakaria said Prime Minister’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has written letters to the UN chief, President UNSC, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) secretary-general to update them on alleged human rights violations by India.

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    Yati
    Jun 22, 2017 at 9:44 pm
    Pakistan has already disobeyed UN by CPEC. Has lost the sanc y by providing support to the violent people in India.
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      Yati
      Jun 22, 2017 at 9:46 pm
      Sanc y.
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      Raj Parwani
      Jun 22, 2017 at 8:33 pm
      We have to realize that sooner or later we have to solve Kashmir problem by negotiating with concerned parties, we tried keeping it with us by force for seventy years wasting so many precious lives and billions of dollars in defence budget only to find out that they don't want to be a part of India. Let's not waste another seventy years, many billions of dollars and more importantly thousands of more soldiers before realising that you cannot keep people with you by force forever. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results.
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        Ramamurthy
        Jun 22, 2017 at 8:06 pm
        What is to be resolved by UN by giving Kashmir on a platter? Yes the dispute is there in U.N. but that is unprovoked aggression by Pakistant against Kashmir in 1947. Only thing to be resolved is the vacation of Azad Kashmi by Pakistan and allow the people there to unite with brethern in Kashmir. Krishnamurthy Ramamurthy
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