India’s belligerence: Pakistan urges P5 to play role

WEB DESK : Pakistan on Friday called upon the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council to play their crucial role in making India put an early end to the escalation on the border and bloodshed, as civilian casualties reached 45, while 139 others got injured during the last two months.

According to Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria, Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz briefed Islamabad-based heads of Permanent-Five Missions of UN Security Council, including China, France, Russian Federation, UK and USA on the continued unprovoked cease-fire violations by the Indian forces on the Line of Control (LoC) and Working Boundary (WB).

Sartaj Aziz also addressed letters to the foreign ministers of the permanent members of the UN Security Council, on the escalation at the LoC and Indian cease-fire violations, adding copies of the letters were also handed over to the heads of missions. The Adviser called upon the permanent members of the UN Security Council to play their crucial role in maintaining global peace and security and urge India to immediately put an end to the escalation and bloodshed at the LoC.

Briefing the ambassadors, he said that the Adviser strongly condemned the reprehensible attack on the civilian bus in the Neelum Valley on November 23, 2016 in complete violation of the 2003 Cease-fire Understanding and international law, especially the international humanitarian law.

They were also told that the Indian occupation forces also fired upon the ambulances that had come to rescue the injured people on the site of the attack. “The deliberate targeting of civilian populated areas is condemnable and deplorable, and must be investigated,” Aziz added.

The Adviser referred to persistent cease-fire violations by India, especially during the last two months, resulting in the loss of more than 45 innocent civilian lives and injuries to more than 139 others at the LoC and WB in an effort to divert international attention from the continuing human rights violations in Indian-held Jammu and Kashmir (IoK). He stated that the Indian belligerence is a threat to the regional peace and security and can lead to a strategic miscalculation, which would be disastrous for the region.

The cease-fire violations by Indian forces have been more than 300 times during the current year and the tension intensified after the Uri attack on September 18 followed by Indian claim of conducting surgical strikes on September 29. Pakistan, however, rejected the Indian claims of surgical strikes on its side of the LoC and also warned against any such misadventure.

Former Ambassador Sarwar Naqvi while talking to Business Recorder said, “The deliberate heightening of the tension is just a frustration of Prime Minister Modi after Indian army’s claims of surgical strikes proved wrong as nothing like surgical strike was happened but a routine cease-fire violation, which India usually commits.”

According to him, the BJP government wants to fulfil certain objectives through escalation of the tension at the LoC and WB ie engaging Pakistan at the border after successful launch of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), diverting world’s attention from the Indian forces’ atrocities in the Occupied Jammu and Kashmir as well as fulfilment of the BJP anti-Pakistan election manifesto.

On the CPEC, he pointed out that Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s statement was on the record that the project is not acceptable to India. Naqvi, however, said that India would not make a blunder of going into a full-fledged war, as any war between the two nuclear neighbours would be a catastrophe not only for the two countries but also for the whole region.

Source : Business Recorder