Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday called for an expanded United Nations Military Observers Group (UNMOGIP) to monitor the ceasefire between India and Pakistan, as part of what he proposed would be a new peace process between the two countries.
“Global threat of terrorism cannot be defeated without addressing the underlying causes,” Sharif said, repeating an argument that has been largely discredited as validating terrorism.
Without naming India, he said some countries were suppressing the rights of self-determination in the name of fighting terrorism.
Sharif said he had reached out to the Indian leadership when the new dispensation took over in New Delhi last year, but things had gone south with the escalation in border tension in recent days.
Pakistan’s claims of Indian aggression on the border or interference inside Pakistan have lacked credibility and have no takers in the international diplomatic circuit.
Well, the grip of statements held by Pakistan couldn’t last for long and Vikas Swarup, Spokesperson of India’s Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) blasted back in a series of tweets.
”Pakistan is not primary victim of terrorism but of its own policies. It is, in fact, the prime sponsor of terrorism. Pakistan’s instability arises from its breeding of terrorists. Blaming neighbors is not a solution,” he said.
In response to Sharif’s statement that ”many generations of Kashmiris have lived their lives under occupation,” Swarup tweeted the following retort: ”Pak PM gets foreign occupation right, occupier wrong. We urge early vacation of Pak occupied Kashmir.”
When U.S Secretary of State John Kerry called on Sharif before his address, the “Prime Minister shared his views on relations with India and expressed deep concern over the Indian ceasefire violations on the LoC and the working boundary. The Prime Minister reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to peaceful resolution of all outstanding issues through dialogue,” a statement by the Pakistan Embassy said.
To avert the further escalation, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif proposed a new four-point “peace initiative” which includes demilitarisation of Kashmir and unconditional withdrawal of forces from Siachen.
Sharif suggested four ways in this initiative. “I want to use this opportunity today to propose a new peace initiative with India starting with measures that are simplest to implement,” he said.
Sharif’s four points are as follows:
- We propose that Pakistan and India formalize and respect the 2003 understanding for a complete ceasefire on the Line of Control in Kashmir. For this purpose, we call for UNMOGIP (United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan) expansion to monitor the observance of the ceasefire.
- We propose that Pakistan and India reaffirm that they will not resort to the use or the threat of use of force under any circumstances. This is a central element of the UN charter.
- Steps must be taken to demilitarize Kashmir.
- Agree to unconditional mutual withdrawal from Siachen Glacier, the world’s highest battleground.
“To de-militarize Kashmir is not the answer, to de-terrorize Pakistan is,” Vikas Swarup blasted back.
Looking at the things, the issue seems futile and never ending. Pakistan keeps raking up the same issue again and again, the difference comes only in the delivery, simply like this or that way, but the concern is same. The heat turned on!
Information Reference: The Times Of India