UNMOGIP Unable to function in Kashmir, Report

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday reportedly has told Pakistan that United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) was “unable to fully function in Kashmir”. Ban has cited “non-cooperation of India”.

“The UN’s military mission is only able to operate on the Pakistani controlled side of the LoC, as India refuses to accept its functioning on the other side and opposes its expansion,” The Dawn newspaper quoted the UN Secretary General as having said.

Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to UN Dr Maleeha Lodhi on Friday met the United Nations Secretary General in New York to inform him about the latest skirmishes on Line of Control and about Kashmir happenings, reports said.

The top Pakistan diplomat asked the UN Secretary General to ensure that UNMOGIP is able to report facts independently “regarding the situation in Kashmir to the UN Security Council”.

Lodhi told Moon in the meeting that Pakistan has “exercised maximum restraint but would respond forcefully to any acts of aggression and provocation”. “The responsibility for the escalating crisis rests entirely with India,” she added.

The news report said that the UN Secretary General urged both Pakistan and India to de-escalate tensions and offered the organisation’s assistance in the matter.

He also conveyed condolences on the deaths of two Pakistan Army soldiers.

Ambassador Lodhi said, “India has, by its declarations and actions, created conditions that pose an imminent threat to regional and International peace and security.”

“While India’s claim of carrying out a surgical strike across the Line of Control (LoC) was false, India had by its own admission, committed open aggression against Pakistan. The international community, and especially the United Nations, should not ignore this grave threat to international peace and security with possibly catastrophic consequences for the entire region,” said Lodhi.

She urged the world’s top diplomat to intervene “boldly and unequivocally by calling on India to halt its aggressive actions and provocations, lest these lead to an even more dangerous situation”.

“India has provoked this crisis to divert international attention away from the indigenous Kashmiri uprising against Indian occupation,” she said.

Lodhi also asked Moon to play a role in bringing “an end to the human rights violations committed by Indian security forces in held Kashmir”.

“If India did not heed this call, the UN’s relevant mechanisms, including the Security Council, must be advised of this imminent threat to international peace and security, as required under the UN Charter,” said Pakistan’s permanent representative during the meeting.

Moon also conveyed his dismay at the postponement of the Saarc summit, and said “it could have been a good opportunity for dialogue”.

Earlier, Lodhi met president of the UN Security Council, Gerard van Bohemen of New Zealand, and urged him to informally brief the 15-member body on her country’s dangerous escalation in tensions resulting from “unprovoked firing by Indian troops” across the LoC.

Urgent steps were needed to avert a full-blown crisis, she said.

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