In a major setback for Pakistan which is trying to internationalize the Kashmir issue in the aftermath of the border firing, the United Nations has reiterated that both the warring countries need to resolve the issue through dialogue as it is a bilateral problem and needs a long term solution. The reply came after Pakistan approached the United Nations through Sartaj Aziz, adviser to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who wrote to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon on the recent border firing between the two countries.
Farhan Haq, Ban Ki Moon’s deputy spokesperson when asked about the view of the UN Secretary General on the Kashmir issue said that UN chief was of the view that India and Pakistan should resolve their issues bilaterally through dialogue, and engagement to find a solution for Kashmir.
He also said that the Secretary-General is concerned about the recent escalation of violence along the Line of Control between India and Pakistan. He deplores the loss of lives and the displacement of civilians on both sides. Notably, Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif had raised the issue of Kashmir in UN General Assembly, and asked the intervention of the world body in resolving the issue. India on the other hand downplayed the issue, and PM Modi said that the issue could be resolved only by creating a positive environment for normalisation of relations is on Pakistan.
It is to be noted that Pakistan has been involved in border firing for the last couple of weeks along the entire international border which provoked India to also retaliate fiercely. What has surprised the Pak politicians, and army generals is the strong Indian reply which has been usually muted in the past. The Indian security forces have also refrained from attacking the Pak villages in the past but this time response has been in equal proportion. With India refusing to budge, and raise the white flag sources say Pakistan has been forced to take the matter to the UN as a face saving devise but a negative response from the UN has now put it in a corner.
PIC: Online Media Sources