Kashmir among longest outstanding issues at UN: Aziz

Islamabad: Prime Minister’s Advisor on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has urged the United Nations to resolve the Kashmir issue in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions.

In a letter to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Sartaj Aziz recalled the role and responsibility of the world body and the international community to this effect.

The move came due to the current security situation along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir and the Working Boundary between Pakistan and India, after deliberate and unprovoked violations of the ceasefire agreement and cross-border firing by the Indian forces over the past weeks.

In his letter, Sartaj Aziz pointed out that the Jammu and Kashmir dispute is one of the longest outstanding issues on the agenda of the United Nations Security Council.

He said the UNSC in its resolutions had promised holding of a plebiscite in occupied Kashmir, under the auspices of the United Nations, granting right to self-determination to the people of Kashmir and these resolutions are still valid though unimplemented to date.

The Advisor said for decades, Pakistan has been reminding the United Nations and the international community to fulfill that promise, in the interest of durable peace and security in the region.

Sartaj Aziz said in his address to the UN General Assembly on 26 September, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had also emphasized that the core issue of Jammu and Kashmir needed to be resolved.

The Prime Minister had also reiterated Pakistan’s readiness to work for resolution of this issue through negotiations. Sartaj Aziz said India has now escalated the situation along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir and the Working Boundary.

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