Moon should do more

DURING his meeting with Pakistan permanent representative to UN Dr. Maleeha Lodhi on Friday, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed serious concerns over escalation of tension between Pakistan and India and once again offered his mediation for resolution of the root cause of the conflict i.e. Jammu and Kashmir dispute. The UN chief called for urgent de-escalation and an end to violence in Occupied Kashmir, an obvious reference to Indian brutalities against defenceless Kashmiris.
As head of the world body assigned to take care of issues of global peace and security, Mr. Ban Ki-moon has done well by conveying his concerns but it is pertinent to point out that mere verbal comments would not produce the desired results. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has written twice to him besides meetings of Dr. Lodhi with him on the issue of grave human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir and the urgency for permanent settlement of the Kashmir dispute as per commitment of the UN. It is quite obvious that India is not cooperating with the world body but it is incumbent upon the Secretary-General to take practical measures to address the grave situation. He should have written to the Indian Prime Minister on the question of continued oppression against Kashmiris and India’s aggressive posture against Pakistan. Similarly, a fact-finding mission should have been dispatched to Occupied Kashmir and in case of Indian refusal to give it access to IOK, New Delhi would stand further exposed before the world community. There is also weight in the demand made by Pakistan’s Permanent Representative that Secretary-General should ensure UNMOGIP is able to report independently about the facts on the ground. The stance adopted by Moscow and Washington is also appreciable as both of them have opposed the Indian policy of raising tension with Pakistan. However, their opinion seems to be jaundiced as, while urging Pakistan to take more steps against terrorist outfits, they conveniently ignored India’s state terrorism against Kashmiris and aggressive posture towards Pakistan.

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