Dossiers on Indian sponsored terror in Pakistan handed over to UN: Sartaj Aziz
NEW YORK: Pakistan on Friday submitted evidence of Indian involvement in terrorism to the United Nations (UN).
Briefing the media men here, Sataj Aziz said three dossiers were handed over to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon by Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations, Maliha Lodhi.
He said the dossiers contained evidence of Indian involvement in the acts of terrorism in Balochistan, Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Karachi. “India is providing help to terrorists in Balochistan, FATA and Karachi,” he added.
“I was to deliver these dossiers to my Indian counterpart. But, after the cancellation of my India visit, I submitted them to the UN,” he clarified.
The Foreign Advisor said India has been violating the ceasefire agreement with Pakistan at the Line of Control (LoC) and that foreign ministers of 15 countries have been apprised of the Indian aggression in Pakistan.
The Foreign Advisor also stated that Foreign Ministers of 15 countries were informed of Indian obstinacy.
Aziz said that the Indian government was involved in state terrorism against Pakistan. He also stated that India was supporting the terrorist activities in Karachi and Balochistan.
Aziz stated that Pakistan wants to negotiate in an impartial environment while India has been hurling accusations against it.
According to sources, the dossiers handed over to the UN contained evidence in the form of audio, video and documents in connection with Indian involvement in spreading terrorism in Pakistan.
Pakistan demanded the international community to take notice of India’s unwarranted interventions into Pakistan.
Rejecting the Indian allegations of supporting terrorists, the adviser asserted Pakistan is engaged in a massive countrywide military operation against terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. He also highlighted that the country suffered the most in the anti-terrorism war, adding, “Our sacrifices for the sake of global peace have also been acknowledged by the entire world.”
Shedding light on the Kashmir issue, Sartaj Aziz noted that certain elements are making all out efforts to tap into the global war on terror as a pretext to tamp down struggle of the oppressed people for self-determination.
Meanwhile Pakistan has asserted that “core” issue of Jammu and Kashmir will always be on top of the agenda of any bilateral dialogue. It said that India was using the “terrorism bogey” to stall dialogue.
Pakistan exercised its Right of Reply to respond to Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s address at the UN General Assembly yesterday in which she had said that instead of the four-point peace initiative proposed by Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, it should address just “one issue” of giving up terrorism.
“Using the terrorism bogey, India has not only stalled the bilateral dialogue but also vitiated the overall atmosphere between the two countries,” Counselor in Pakistan’s Permanent Mission to the UN Bilal Ahmad said.
“The core issue of Jammu and Kashmir cannot be cast aside by empty rhetoric. It has been and will always be on top of the agenda of any talks between India and Pakistan.
“…It is therefore disingenuous of India to ignore the serious peace initiative proposed by the Prime Minister of Pakistan from this august forum,” he said.
He informed the UN General Assembly that Pakistan has handed over to the UN Secretary-General dossiers containing, “evidence” of alleged Indian involvement.
He said the dossiers include details of “Indian interference and support for terrorism in Balochistan and Karachi as well as its security and intelligence agencies’ link with the Tehrike-e-Taliban especially in FATA”.
A day after Sharif strongly raised the Kashmir issue at the UN, Swaraj used the same forum to raise the issue of what she called “illegal occupation of parts of the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir” by Pakistan and said terror attacks from there are engineered to legitimise it.
She claimed that terrorism emanating from Pakistan is hampering normalisation of bilateral ties and said that “talks and terror cannot go together”.
“We do not need four points, we need just one- give up terrorism and let us sit down and talk,” Swaraj had said in her 25-minute speech before the 193-member body.
Ahmad said the Pakistani Prime Minister’s peace initiative is in line with his vision of a friendly neighbourhood that he enunciated immediately after taking office two years ago.
“The international community supports dialogue between India and Pakistan. Despite India’s hostile attitude, it remains our desire to move forward in an open and constructive manner. We hope that India will respond positively in the interest of peace and prosperity, the cherished collective objective of our peoples,” he said.
He said India should “let the Kashmiris freely decide their future in the UN mandated plebiscite as promised to them by the UNSC resolutions.”
Ahmad also cited various UN Security Council resolutions, which he said call for an impartial plebiscite conducted under the auspices of the United Nations in accordance with the will of the Kashmiris.