Amidst its ongoing international isolation, Pakistan suffered yet another blow with the United Nations dismissing the country’s dossier on Kashmir. A statement by the Pakistan Mission to the UN said that the country’s PM Nawaz Sharif handed UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon a dossier that contained information and evidence on the alleged atrocities and human rights violations against Kashmiris. However, Ban Ki-moon rejected Pakistan’s pleas to resolve the Kashmir dispute, in effect dismissing the dossier that Sharif had submitted.
Sharif has been making huge efforts to internationalise the Kashmir issue. He has sent letters to the UN and Ban as well and raised the issue in all of his bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the UNGA. However, his repeated calls to the UN to help resolve the Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan seem to have found no takers. In a clear snub, Ban Ki-moon made no reference to Kashmir and the situation in the Valley in his final speech to the UNGA as UN Chief.
Sharif himself had raked up the Kashmir issue during his speech at the UN General Assembly, stating that peace between India and Pakistan can never prevail unless the Kashmir dispute is resolved. Sharif also glorified Burhan Wani, a terrorist who was killed by Indian security forces earlier this year. “The young leader murdered by Indian forces has emerged as a symbol of latest Kashmiri Intifada,” Sharif said.
Sharif’s speech is being seen as an open “justification of terrorism”, especially his comments on Wani. “Confrontation should not be our destiny in South Asia. Pakistan wants peace with India. I have gone the extra mile to achieve this, repeatedly offering a dialogue to address all outstanding issues. But India has posed unacceptable preconditions to engage in a dialogue. Let us be clear: talks are no favor to Pakistan. Talks are in the interest of both countries. They are essential to resolve our differences, especially the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, and to avert the danger of any escalation,” Sharif said.
India called Sharif’s bluff soon after his speech. “PM Sharif at #UNGA says India poses unacceptable conditions to dialogue. India’s only condition is an end to terrorism. This not acceptable?” asked Vikas Swarup, the Official Spokesperson of the MEA in a series of tweets. “Pak PM Sharif at #UNGA glorifies Hizbul terrorist Burhan Wani in UN’s highest forum. Shows continued Pak attachment to terrorism. Pak PM Sharif at #UNGA in complete denial of Uri terror attack. 19 infiltration attempts stopped at LoC this year. Indigenous??!!” the Twitter handle said. India’s aggressive stand comes in the wake of the Uri terrost attack on Sunday, that killed 18 soldiers. Four terrorists, of Pakistan origin, were neutralised.