Stop terror to start talks: India’s UN envoy Syed Akbaruddin turns table on Pakistani scribe, extending hand of friendship

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After ‘closed consultations’ on the revocation of special status from Kashmir at the United Nations Security Council in New York, India slammed Pakistan for failing to honour bilateral pacts with India and it needs to stop terror in order to resume peace talks. Hitting back at Pakistan as well as its all-weather ally China, India reiterated that its national position was and remains that issue related to Article 370 of the Indian Constitution is entirely an internal matter of India. While speaking to media, Syed Akbaruddin, India’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN Security Council stated, “I am here, as after the end of closed-door consultations. We noted that two states who made national statements tried to pass them off as will of the international community.”

He went on to assert that the Indian government’s decision to revoke special status from Jammu and Kashmir is an internal matter of India. However, one particular concern is that one state is using the terminology of ‘jihad’ and promoting violence against India and such ideologies have been propagated by certain leaders of that state, he added.

Stop terror to start talks: India to Pakistan after UNSC meeting on Article 370

“So let me begin by coming across to you,” Akbaruddin told him. “Give me your hand.”“Let me tell you we have already extended our hand of friendship by saying we are committed to the Simla agreement,” he said. “Let us wait for a response on that from the Pakistani side,” he said with a pause.

“They (Kashmirs) are not alone, their voices have been heard, their plight, their hardship, their pain, their suffering…have been heard in the UN Security Council today,” she said. Lodhi said the very fact this meeting had taken place is “testimony to the fact that this is an internationally recognised dispute”. After the UNSC meeting, Chinese Ambassdor to the UN Zhang Jun urged India and Pakistan to settle their differences peacefully and “discard the zero-sum game mentality”.

“We call upon relevant parties to exercise peace and not to take actions that will aggravate tensions,” he said. Voicing China’s stand on India revoking the special status of Kashmir, he said “the unilateral action by India has changed the status quo in Kashmir, which is an internationally recognised dispute.” “Both India and Pakistan are China’s friendly neighbours, and both are major developing countries. Both India and Pakistan are at a crucial stage of development. We call on the two sides to set store of the developments of peace in South Asia and discard this zero-sum game mentality and settle disputes peacefully and maintain peace and security in the region collectively and jointly,” he said.

Stop terror to start talks: India to Pakistan after UNSC meeting on Article 370

The outcome of the UNSC meeting will not be a formal pronouncement as the consultations are informal in nature. India and Pakistan did not attend the meeting, which was open only to the five permanent members and 10 non-permanent members. According to UN records, the last time “the Security Council addressed the dispute between India and Pakistan over the territories of Jammu and Kashmir” under agenda item ‘The India-Pakistan question’ was in 1965. On August 5, India revoked Article 370 of the Constitution removing special status to Jammu and Kashmir, and has also bifurcated the state into two Union Territories — Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. India has categorically told the international community that its move to scrap Article 370 of the Constitution revoking the special status to Jammu and Kashmir was an internal matter and has also advised Pakistan to accept the reality.

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