UN Denies Pakistan’s Plea to Interfere in Jammu and Kashmir Issue

The latest effort made by Pakistan to draw UN’s attention on the Kashmir issue have turned into an utter failure as UN refused to intervene in the matter on Tuesday. UN urged on the need to resolve all differences between the countries through dialogue to find a long-term solution to the dispute.

According to reports, Sartaj Aziz, adviser to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on national security and foreign affairs, had written to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on the recent border tension with India and sought the U.N.’s intervention, stepping up its attempts to internationalise the Kashmir issue.

Aziz has reportedly wrote in the letter to Ban that Pakistan believes the U.N. has an important role to play in promoting the objective of peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue, including through his “good offices”. Aziz has blamed India for the current escalations in violence along the disputed border.

The letter states, "During the period of Oct 1-10, 2014, 20 ceasefire violations along the LoC were reported, resulting in 12 civilian deaths, 52 injured civilians and nine injured military personnel on the Pakistani side.

Being asked to comment on the letter seeking Ban’s intervention and viewpoint on the matter, deputy spokesperson of Ban, Farhan Haq, said that he would refer to a statement that was issued last week by Ban’s spokesperson in which the U.N. chief encouraged India and Pakistan to resolve all differences through dialogue and engage constructively to find a long-term solution for peace and stability in Kashmir.

According to reports, a war of words between India and Pakistan over the situation at the LoC has took place last week at the UN General Assembly where India said that it was a "matter of deep regret" that Pakistan violated the ceasefire, in which eight people were killed and several others injured.

Making it clear that Indian armed forces are “fully ready” to respond to “provocation,” India said that the onus of creating a positive environment for normalisation of relations is on Pakistan.

As per reports, the UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) observes and reports on ceasefire violations along and across the LoC and the working boundary between the South Asian neighbours in Jammu and Kashmir, as well as reports developments that could lead to ceasefire violations.

India has however always maintained that UNMOGIP has "outlived its relevance" and has "no role to play whatsoever" on the issue.

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