United Nations: India on Thursday said it hoped the new government in Pakistan under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan “will work to build South Asian region terror-free” rather than indulging in polemics. Also Read - Covid-19 Impact: Pakistan Fears Economic Losses of Rs 2.5 Trillion & Unemployment Of 18.5 Million People
Speaking at UN Security Council, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Syed Akbaruddin said, “We hope the new government of Pakistan will, rather than indulging in polemics, work constructively to build a safe, stable, secure and developed the South Asian region, free of terror and violence.” Also Read - COVID-19: With 336 Fresh Cases in 24 Hours, India's Tally Reaches 2301, Death Toll Climbs to 56
Referring top Pakistan’s repeated references to the disputed territories along the border, Akbaruddin, addressing a debate on ‘Mediation and Settlement of Disputes’, said: “I take this opportunity to remind Pakistan, the one isolated delegation that made unwarranted references to an integral part of India, that pacific settlement requires pacific intent in thinking and Pacific content in action”. Also Read - World Bank Group Earmarks $1 Billion Financial Support to India
“Regurgitating a failed approach, which has long been rejected, is neither reflective of pacific intent nor a display of Pacific content,” he said.
He added that the United Nations cannot be made the centre of mediation efforts and instead the international community should “lend encouragement to the most motivated and having the capacity to do so to settle these, as appropriate.”
Earlier this week, Pakistan’s Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari has said that newly-elected Imran Khan government in Islamabad is preparing a proposal which aims at resolving the Kashmir issue.
In his first speech after winning the general elections, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan had said that he wanted to have good relations with India and work to resolve all outstanding issues through dialogue. Mentioning Kashmir as the core issue of dispute between the two nations, he added that it was about time that the two countries sat across the table and discussed the issues of concern.
Earlier this month, a row erupted after reports claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote to Imran Khan indicating the beginning of talks between the two countries.
Pakistan Foreign Minister SM Qureshi had asserted that both the countries need to engage and said India and Pakistan have to move forward keeping realities before them. However, India had denied Pakistan Foreign Minister SM Qureshi’s claims.
Later, Pakistan also issued a clarification saying that his minister never said Indian PM offered a dialogue. “Foreign Minister hadn’t stated Indian PM had made an offer of dialogue but had said that Indian PM in his letter to PM Imran Khan, had also mentioned something similar to what Foreign Minister elucidated earlier i.e. the way forward was only through constructive engagement,” read Pakistan statement.