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World community’s rebuff to Pakistan



K.N. Pandita


Nothing could be more farcical than the missive Pakstani foreign minister has sent to the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday last seeking his help to “reduce the tensions between the two countries”. Raising alarm over the threat of India attacking Pakistan, the foreign minister has, in his letter, alerted the UN Secretary General that the security situation was fast declining in the region. He says that he writes with a sense of urgency. Interestingly, the foreign minister has underlined that the Pulwama suicide attack was “ostensibly and even by Indian accounts carried out by a Kashmiri resident.” He goes on to argue that India has heightened tension to fulfil its domestic political agenda.


Handing out veiled threat, the minister has, in his letter, alleged that India has hinted at abandoning the Indus Water Treaty, which would be a “grievous error”. He has urged the UN to step in and defuse the tension and that India should institute open and credible investigation in the terror attack. He supplicates for UN intervention to prompt India for talks on Kashmir. And finally, he has requested the Secretary General to circulate the copies of his letter among the members of the UN.


Before we try to dissect the contents of this bizarre letter, let us inform our readers what has been the reaction of the UN agencies on Pulwama suicide attack that has taken the lives of 44 CRP personnel and wounded others.


In a PTI despatch carried by the DNA of 22 February it is reported that on Thursday, the 15-member UN Security Council including China, condemned in the "strongest terms" the "heinous and cowardly" terror attack perpetrated by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed in Pulwama and stressed on the need to hold organisers and financiers of such "reprehensible acts" accountable and bring them to justice. The press statement, issued by the most powerful UN body, names the Pakistan-based terror group headed by Masood Azhar. The press statement said,” "The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the heinous and cowardly suicide bombing in Jammu and Kashmir, which resulted in over 40 Indian paramilitary forces dead and dozens wounded on February 14, 2019, for which Jaish-e-Mohammed has claimed responsibility." It further said,” "The members of the Security Council underlined the need to hold perpetrators, organisers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism accountable and bring them to justice, and urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with the Government of India and all other relevant authorities in this regard,



This categorical statement of the Security Council has come a day after the letter of the Pakistani foreign minister was delivered to the UN Secretary General. The condemnation by the UNSC comes just a day after Pakistan's Permanent Representative to the UN Maleeha Lodhi met top UN leaders, including with Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the Security Council President Anatolio Ndong Mba, briefing them about the what she claimed “escalating tensions in the region in the wake of the Pulwama attack.”



Let us revert to the letter of Pakistani foreign minister and expose his frustration as well as his attempt of hiding behind a plethora of falsehood. What need has India for providing a pberoof of involvement of Pakistan in the attack when Jaish-e-Muhammad, the UN designated organization claimed l be behind the attack. Neither Pakistan government nor any Pakistani intelligence agency repudiated the claim of Jaish. And the Jaish, based in Bhawlpur, Pakistan is fondly patronized by the ISI and Pakistan army. Secondly, India produced a plethora of evidence in Mumbai attack and Pakistan took no action. It even disowned Kasab and declined to accept his dead body after he was executed.


As far as the creation of tension, this is precisely what India has beanden saying and proving that suicide bombers and infiltrators are sent from across the border to disrupt peace in Kashmir. Tension in the region is the handiwork of Pakistani jihadis raised as the front-line strike force against India. And there is not only the Jaish but so many known and unknown groups who change their nomenclature as the situation demands.



Four times resolutions were moved in the Security Council to designte the Jaish chief Azhar as the international terrorist. Every time China opposed it. Why is it so? The answer is that Masud has made a commitment to the Chinese of not recruiting Uighur dissidents for training in terrorism. On this assurance, China has imposed most reprehensible restrictions on the Uighur Sunni population of Xinjiang of not building new mosques, not holding congregations for religious preachings, not intimidating anybody unwilling to maintain Ramadhan fast etc. Obviously, China promotes terrorism abroad while mainatains a strict vigil against it at home. And finally, as regards the alleged threat India is posing to Pakistan in the words of her foreign minister, the fact is that Pakistan is indeed faced with difre threat but not from India but from its own people against whom it has adopted discriminatory treatment and most repressive aoppressivea policies. Pakistan, to be ;precise, the Pakistani Punjab are face to face with threat from the Baluch, the Sindhis, the :Pushtoons, the Kashmiris of PoK and the entire people of Gilgit and Baltistan.



The omity of nations is geared to the threats to the world society posed by the the power house of terrorism. Very soon, France is going to table a resolution in the Seacurity Council asking to declare Masud Azhar as international terrorist. This will be a befitting reply of the Security Council to the letter which the Pakistani foreign minister, in an act of bravado, dispatched to the UN Secretary General.







(The author is the former Director of the Centre of Central Asian Studies of Kashmir University, . Feedback- [email protected])





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