<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Expressing his concerns over heightened Pakistan-India tensions at the Line of Control (LoC), United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has urged the two nuclear-armed neighbours to resolve all their outstanding issues through dialogue. The Dawn quoted UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric as saying in a media briefing, “United Nations is keeping vigil eye on escalation in tensions at LoC.””Ban Ki-moon has appealed Pakistan and India to resolve their all outstanding issues through dialogues,” the spokesman added.Tensions have been prevailing between the two sides following the Uri terror attack in which 18 Indian soldiers were killed at an army base in Uri, J&K.Delhi had blamed Pakistan-based militants for the attacks, however, the allegations were denied by Pakistan.In a major fallout, the two countries had expelled each others’ diplomats last week and named a number of others as being involved in espionage.
United Nations: Pakistan has told UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon that India’s claim of carrying out a surgical strike across the LoC was false and insisted that the responsibility for the “escalating crisis rests entirely on India”.
In her meeting with the UN chief, Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the UN Maleeha Lodhi told Ban that Pakistan has exercised maximum restraint but would respond forcefully to any acts of aggression and provocation.
Lodhi said India’s “claim” of carrying out a surgical strike across the Line of Control was “false” but added that India had by its own admission “committed aggression” against Pakistan, according to a statement by the Pakistan mission here.
She added that the responsibility for the “escalating crisis rests entirely on India”, the release said.
Briefing him about the escalating situation, Lodhi said, “India has, by its declarations and actions, created conditions that pose an imminent threat to regional and international peace and security.”
She said India provoked the crisis to divert international attention away from the “Indigenous Kashmiri uprising” and asked the Secretary General to intervene in bringing an end to the alleged grave human rights in Kashmir.
Lodhi further said the Secretary General is “bound by the UN Charter” to “intervene boldly and unequivocally” by calling on India to halt its “aggressive actions and provocations”, lest these lead to an even more dangerous situation.
During a briefing, Ban’s spokesperson Stephane Dujarric had said that Lodhi’s meeting with Ban was held at her own request and added that Ban’s office does not give readouts of his meetings with Permanent Representatives.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India has said Pakistan approaching the UN over the issue of surgical strikes in PoK has not found any resonance in the world body and rejected claims that the UN mission monitoring ceasefire “has not directly observed” any firing along the LoC.India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin dismissed remarks made by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s spokesperson Stephane Dujarric that the UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) “has not directly observed any firing across the LoC related to the latest incidents”, a reference to the surgical strikes conducted by India on September 29 targeting terror launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.Akbaruddin told reporters at the Indian Permanent Mission that the facts on the ground do not change whether somebody has “observed” it or not.”I have nothing to say because what (Dujarric) said was ‘directly observed’. It’s a call that they have to take. I cannot place myself in their boots and directly observe something,” the Indian envoy said when asked to comment on Dujarric’s remarks.Akbaruddin said the “facts on the ground do not change whether somebody acknowledges or not. Facts are facts, we presented the facts and that’s where we stand.” India on Thursday carried out surgical strikes on seven terror launch pads across the LoC with the Army inflicting “significant casualties” on terrorists preparing to infiltrate from PoK.When pressed at the daily press briefing to explain how UNMOGIP can say it did not observe any firing even as India said it has conducted the surgical strikes, Dujarric repeated that UNMOGIP has not “directly observed” any of the firing.”They are obviously aware of the reports of these presumed violations and are talking to the relevant concerned authorities,” he had said.Akbaruddin said while Pakistan has reached out to the UN Chief and the 15-nation Council over the issues of the surgical strike and Kashmir, it’s call for intervention by the world body has not found any resonance as there was no further discussion on the matter.”Yesterday there was some action. You are also aware of the reaction,” Akbaruddin said referring to Pakistan’s envoy Maleeha Lodhi meeting New Zealand’s UN Ambassador Gerard van Bohemen, president of the Council for the month of September, and raising in the UNSC the issue of the action by India.”Yesterday the Pakistan ambassador did approach New Zealand. What they didn’t tell you after that was what happened. Did anyone raise anything after what was explained to in the UN Security Council. The answer that I know of is that there was no further discussion of this (surgical strike and Kashmir matter),” Akbaruddin said.
UN chief Ban Ki-moon has offered support for holding Indo-Pak talks to resolve outstanding issues between two countries.”Advice of the Secretary General would always be for ‘on’ in order to support the talks.” Strphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary General said on Friday in response to a question on India and Pakistan. “Obviously, there are circumstances involved, but he’s always been very supportive of the dialogue between the leaders of Pakistan and India in order to resolve a number of the outstanding issues at hand,” Dujarric said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India and Pakistan agreed mutually to defer the Foreign Secretary-level talks that were to take place in Islamabad this week. They have agreed to hold the parleys in the “very near future”. The talks were deferred after the deadly terror attacks in Pathankot. India has sought action by Pakistan on the evidence provided for apprehending the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorists suspected to have been involved in the January 2 attack. India has linked the fate of the talks to action by Pakistan.