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The UN factor

October 03, 2019 |

It doesn’t need any subject expert to testify that the issue of Kashmir was taken to the United Nations by the then prime minister of the country Jawaharlal Nehru after Pakistani tribals, supposedly aided by the Pakistani state, crossed the mountains along the northern frontier with the explicit aim of seizing control of Kashmir Valley. Since both the countries were in their inception state, chaos was likely to break out. This led to two wars breaking out on the subcontinent. However, the UN resolutions on Kashmir were rendered virtually inapplicable after India and Pakistan signed the Shimla Agreement that defined Kashmir as a ‘bilateral issue’. Despite this agreement, a number of countries led by Islamabad have been keen to raise the bogey of Kashmir at the global forum. The recent session of the United Nations General Assembly saw a furious exchange of charges and countercharges on the prevailing tensions in Kashmir. While the Prime Minister Narendra Modi deliberately skipped mentioning the K-word in his address to the assembly and rather devoted his attention to the campaigns of water harvesting, hygiene and, most importantly, terrorism, the focus of his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan’s speech was entirely on Kashmir as he whipped up the threat of a nuclear war breaking out if the world continues to ignore the ‘sufferings of Kashmir’. Despite the war rhetoric, the global community has also reacted with caution to the happenings in Kashmir. Following the abrogation of the provisions of the special status under Article 370 by the central government, barring China, the ‘all weather friend’ of Pakistan, and a handful of Islamic countries, no country or leader has taken the bait of Pak PM who has been seeking international mediation on Kashmir. Even the US president Donald Trump has told the two prime ministers that his country will only get involved in the dispute if they ask him to. Repeatedly raising the K-bogey at a global forum like the UN is not going to change the position of world powers on Kashmir. If Islamabad is sincere about changing the contours of relationship with New Delhi, the country must first address the issue of terrorism. In his UNGA speech, Pak PM invited the world powers to visit the country and see for themselves the action taken by his government against the terror outfits. New Delhi must seize the opportunity and push the UN to set up a task force that will determine the credibility and truthfulness of Khan’s words.

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The UN factor

October 03, 2019 |

It doesn’t need any subject expert to testify that the issue of Kashmir was taken to the United Nations by the then prime minister of the country Jawaharlal Nehru after Pakistani tribals, supposedly aided by the Pakistani state, crossed the mountains along the northern frontier with the explicit aim of seizing control of Kashmir Valley. Since both the countries were in their inception state, chaos was likely to break out. This led to two wars breaking out on the subcontinent. However, the UN resolutions on Kashmir were rendered virtually inapplicable after India and Pakistan signed the Shimla Agreement that defined Kashmir as a ‘bilateral issue’. Despite this agreement, a number of countries led by Islamabad have been keen to raise the bogey of Kashmir at the global forum. The recent session of the United Nations General Assembly saw a furious exchange of charges and countercharges on the prevailing tensions in Kashmir. While the Prime Minister Narendra Modi deliberately skipped mentioning the K-word in his address to the assembly and rather devoted his attention to the campaigns of water harvesting, hygiene and, most importantly, terrorism, the focus of his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan’s speech was entirely on Kashmir as he whipped up the threat of a nuclear war breaking out if the world continues to ignore the ‘sufferings of Kashmir’. Despite the war rhetoric, the global community has also reacted with caution to the happenings in Kashmir. Following the abrogation of the provisions of the special status under Article 370 by the central government, barring China, the ‘all weather friend’ of Pakistan, and a handful of Islamic countries, no country or leader has taken the bait of Pak PM who has been seeking international mediation on Kashmir. Even the US president Donald Trump has told the two prime ministers that his country will only get involved in the dispute if they ask him to. Repeatedly raising the K-bogey at a global forum like the UN is not going to change the position of world powers on Kashmir. If Islamabad is sincere about changing the contours of relationship with New Delhi, the country must first address the issue of terrorism. In his UNGA speech, Pak PM invited the world powers to visit the country and see for themselves the action taken by his government against the terror outfits. New Delhi must seize the opportunity and push the UN to set up a task force that will determine the credibility and truthfulness of Khan’s words.


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Published from: Gulshanabad Chraresharief Budgam
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