Was Pakistan Involved in Kashmir Attack on Indian Army?

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan. UN Photo/Cia Pak

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan. UN Photo/Cia Pak

Although successive Indian governments have not been able to solve the troubling Kashmir issue, they always blame Pakistan for the violence in Kashmir, which is a disputed territory between India and Pakistan.

By Rakesh Raman

Pakistan on Sunday rejected the Indian allegations of involvement in an attack on Indian security forces in Indian-occupied Kashmir’s Uri area near Line of Control (LoC).

Militants had attacked an Indian army camp on Sunday and killed 17 soldiers in Uri in the Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K).

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Talking to Pakistan Television, the Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said that Indian government never furnished evidences to substantiate their claims rather continuously blamed Pakistan even without carrying out independent investigation into any incident.

Although successive Indian governments have not been able to solve the troubling Kashmir issue, they always blame Pakistan for the violence in Kashmir, which is a disputed territory between India and Pakistan.

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The United Nations (UN) has long maintained an institutional presence in Kashmir. According to the Security Council mandate given in resolution 307 of 1971, the UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) observes and reports on ceasefire violations along and across the Line of Control (LoC).

The Group also monitors the working boundary between the South Asian neighbours in Jammu and Kashmir, as well as reports developments that could lead to ceasefire violations. Although India maintains that Pakistan was behind the attack, UNMOGIP has not confirmed India’s claims.

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UNMOGIP currently comprises 41 military observers and a number of civilian staff members.

According to Associated Press of Pakistan (APP), a news site run by Pakistan government, Pakistan’s spokesperson Zakaria said that Indian involvement in terror financing in Pakistan has been exposed by the Indian spy Kulbhavashan Yadev arrested in Pakistan revealing that India had been financing terrorist activities in Balochistan, Karachi, and other areas.

Zakaria also recalled the statement of former American Defence Secretary Chuck Hegel saying that India had been financing from Afghanistan for instability in Pakistan.

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To a comment about Indian media’s biased reporting, Pakistan’s Foreign Office spokesman said Indian media acted as mouthpiece of the Indian government and always toed the official line.

The spokesperson said Pakistan had taken up the issue of Indian atrocities in IOK (Indian-occupied Kashmir) at the highest level including the United Nations, and Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has written letters to secretary generals of the UN and OIC (Organisation of Islamic Cooperation).

He said OIC Human Rights (HR) Commission had condemned the Indian brutalities in IOK and the UN HR Commission had asked for sending the fact finding commission to the region that was rejected by India.

Nafees Zakaria said the whole world was focused at the Indian atrocities against innocent Kashmiris but India was striving to conceal the facts.

Meanwhile, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned Sunday’s militant attack in Uri, Kashmir. He has encouraged all stakeholders to meet their respective responsibilities to maintain peace and stability.

By Rakesh Raman, who is a government award-winning journalist and social scientist. You also can visit the REAL VOTER – Politics in India Information Center that he manages.

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