Pakistan President Asks UN to Resolve the Kashmir Issue
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the opening of the 31st session of the UN Human Rights Council, and the High-level panel discussion on human rights mainstreaming. UN Photo / Jean-Marc Ferré
Pakistan says it stands shoulder to shoulder with the Kashmiri people to extend moral and diplomatic support for their just and inalienable right of self-determination.
By Rakesh Raman
Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain today urged the United Nations (UN) and the world community to immediately play their due role in resolving the issue of Kashmir without which, according to him, the dream of peace in South Asia cannot be realized.
He was speaking on the occasion of Pakistan’s Defence Day – September 6 – which is observed to acknowledge the sacrifices of the defence forces.
He also urged the people of Pakistan to show national unity and collective thinking, which, he said, is a pre-requisite to face challenges, deter nefarious designs and thwart conspiracies against Pakistan.
His comments have come on the heels of an Indian attempt to restore peace in the Kashmir region which has been facing violence for the past two months.
India’s Home Minister Rajnath Singh led an all-party delegation comprising 28 parliamentarians and senior government officials who met different stakeholders in Kashmir in order to bring peace to the valley. The two-day visit concluded Monday.
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“We are very much aware of our defence needs and are fully capable of giving a befitting response to any kind of aggression,” said the Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain.
He was presumably responding to conjectures that India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi may declare a war against Pakistan.
It is a general feeling that Modi is deliberately trying to complicate the whole Kashmir issue to divert attention of Indians who are reeling under a complete socio-economic chaos in the country. Earlier this week, an Indian political leader Mayawati had stated that Modi may trigger war with Pakistan to hide his failures.
According to Associated Press of Pakistan (APP), which is a government-run news agency, Mamnoon Hussain said the stand on Kashmir was clear as it was the unfinished agenda of the United Nations.
“We stand shoulder to shoulder with the Kashmiri people to extend moral and diplomatic support for their just and inalienable right of self-determination,” he added.