Pak welcomes UN offer as mediator of Kashmir issue

Zahid Chaudhary

Islamabad

Pakistan has welcomed the offer of United Nations to mediate over the long standing dispute of Jammu and Kashmir between Pakistan and India.
Pakistan welcomes UN Secretary-General’s announcement in this regard, said Nafees Zakriya spokesperson of Ministery of Foreign Affairs in his weekly briefing on Thursday, in the backdrop of un-implemented Security Council resolutions on Kashmir. It is responsibility of the UN to help resolve the issue, he added.
The spokesperson said, Pakistan wants peaceful neighborhood to achieve the goal of regional prosperity but unfortunately India is using Pakistan card in domestic politics.
He expressed the hope India would soon realize that dialogue is key to peace of the region as well as resolution of all issues particularly Jammu and Kashmir. Nafees Zakaria added Pakistan wants a sustainable dialogue which is not disrupted on flimsy grounds.
Nafees Zakaria also strongly condemned the brutalities of Indian forces in Occupied Kashmir which recently claimed the life of a minor Kashmiri girl Kaneeza and injured a minor boy. The Indian security forces killed at least seven young Kashmiris during “fake encounters”. He also deplored arrest of Kashmiri leadership.
Responding to a question, the spokesperson said India’s belligerent posture, irrational defense build up, import of massive military equipment and hegemonic designs pose serious danger to peace and security of the region. Nafees asked the international community to take note of the fact that India was testing various types of missiles before signing Missile Technology Control Regime. Nafees Zakaria told a questioner that testimony of the Commander of the US Central Command General Joseph Votel is acknowledgement of Pakistan’s critical partnership in the counter-terrorism fight. He also spoke of the action taken by Pakistan against Haqqani network. He also noted that tension created by India on Pakistan’s eastern border distracts Pakistan’s efforts to secure its Western borders. The spokesperson said that presence of ISIS in Afghanistan is a matter of concern not just for Pakistan but the entire region.
To a question he said Pakistan is supportive of all initiatives aimed at Afghan-owned and led peace process. He added Pakistan had to close border with Afghanistan because of misuse of Afghan soil by terrorist elements being sponsored and funded by those who want to destabilize Pakistan.

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