Published: Sun, September 30, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

FM Qureshi urges United Nations chief to resolve Kashmir issue

FM Qureshi urges United Nations chief to resolve Kashmir issue

"This morning my delegation came to this august Assembly to listen attentively to the new Foreign Minister of Pakistan outline the vision of a "New Pakistan".

India's Ambassador to the United Nations, Syed Akbaruddin, posted the statement in a tweet, along with a video clip of Ms Gambhir speaking at the UN.

Referring to Qureshi's statement where he alleged India's involvement in the 2014 Peshawar school attack, Gambhir said, "Among the most outrageous was the preposterous allegation relating to the horrific terror attack on a Peshawar school four years ago".

India on September 29 expressed deep sympathies to the people and government of Indonesia, and assured all help to the southeast Asian nation where a tsunami triggered by a strong quake has killed almost 400 people.

"The UN can not be run by the "I", it only works by the "We" she said, adding, "India does not believe that the United Nations should become the instrument of a few at the cost of the many". Even after the world's "most wanted terrorist" was killed by American special forces, Pakistan continued to behave as if nothing had happened, she said.

In a separate opinion piece titled "Ugly face of BJP-ruled India", former Pakistan ambassador to the UN Munir Akram hit out at India's "concocted reasons" for cancellation of talks and explained the "nasty, brutish and short lives of the vast majority of the Indians" under the present Narendra Modi-led government.

Gambhir also established the importance of the state of Jammu and Kashmir saying that it is an integral part of India and continue to be so. "Who can be a greater transgressor of human rights than a terrorist?"

"Before preaching to the world, championing of human rights should begin at home", Gambhir said.

On 21 September, India called off peace talks with Pakistan, a day after it had accepted the proposal in protest against the killing of three of its security personnel and the glorification of terrorist Burhan Wani by Pakistan.

Sushma then went on to explain how Pakistan PM Imran Khan's desire for foreign ministers of both countries to meet in NY was received positively by India but barely hours later, three personnel of J&K Police were kidnapped and then killed and their bodies thrown away. "Hence our belief that talks and terror can not go together", she noted.

"Pakistan glorifies killers, refuses to see the blood of innocents, and then throws the dust of deceit on India to cover its own guilt", Sushma Swaraj while deliberately turning a blind eye towards grave violations of human rights and state-terrorism in occupied Kashmir. "Till today, that draft has remained a draft, because we can not agree on a common language", Sushma Swaraj said.

She said Qureshi's description of a "new Pakistan" was "cast in the mould of the old". Once again exposing Pakistan's support to terrorists and terror outfits, India's external affairs minister said that while the Osama Laden was found and killed there, UN-designated terrorist Hafiz Saeed roams free.

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