It seems that there is no end to the ongoing snubs that Pakistan is facing internationally! Despite Pakistan repeatedly appealing to the United Nations to take up the issue of Kashmir, Indo-Pakistan tensions and India’s surgical strikes across LoC, the UNSC (United Nations Security Council) has refused to discuss the matter. Vitaly Churkin, the UNSC President for the month the month of October categorically refused to comment on the issue. “I don’t want to go there, don’t want to go there. No no please, I don’t want to go there,” Vitaly Churkin, who is also Russia’s Ambassador to the UN, said.
Churkin swiftly interrupted a question around the escalating problems between India and Pakistan, saying that the security council has not been discussing the issue. Asked why he was choosing not to comment on the the question, Churkin said, “because I am President of the Security Council. The Security Council has not been discussing it (the India-Pakistan situation).” “Sorry sir, I don’t want to go there. No comment, no comment, sorry please,” Churkin said firmly.
Need anyone say anything more……
Telling response says it all.
I rest my case. pic.twitter.com/M4DwLTtmgE
— Syed Akbaruddin (@AkbaruddinIndia) October 5, 2016
Reports suggest that Pakistan’s envoy to the UN Maleeha Lodhi had in September met Gerard van Bohemen, who had been heading the UNSC for that month. Bohemen is New Zealand’s UN Ambassador, and while he was the head of UNSC, Lodhi had raised the issue of surgical strikes by India in “informal consultations” of the Council. Lodhi had also approached UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon but he had called on the governments of India and Pakistan to address their outstanding issues, including Kashmir, peacefully through “diplomacy and dialogue”.
This is not the first time in the last few days that Pakistan has been humiliated in UN on the Kashmir bogey that it keeps raising. Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif had dedicated most of his speech at the UNGA to the topic of Kashmir, a mention that found no resonance and takers. Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj in a strong rebuttal had slammed Sharif and asked him to stop dreaming about the state of Jammu and Kashmir. “My firm advice to Pakistan is: abandon this dream. Let me state unequivocally that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and will always remain so,” she had said. Amidst growing tensions after the Uri terror attack, Pakistan finds itself being increasingly isolated internationally with major countries like US and Russia slamming the nation for harbouring terrorists. The SAARC Summit being cancelled a few days ago is yet an another example of the growing anguish among regional allies and neighbours towards Pakistan and its lack of steps to counter terrorism.