Needling India, Pakistan on Thursday asserted that Kashmir is a “legal issue” and must be resolved through plebiscite as per the aspirations of the Kashmiri people.
Foreign office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam also made it clear that Indo-Pak talks were not a substitute to the UN resolutions on Kashmir which envisage plebiscite in the region.
“Kashmir is a legal issue also and its legal position demands that the dispute must be resolved as per the aspirations of Kashmiri people through plebiscite,” she said. Aslam also claimed India had never responded positively on proposals regarding the demilitarization of the Siachen Glacier. Aslam said a proposal to demilitarise Siachen and declare it as a Peace Park had cropped up during bilateral discussions in the past, but Indian policy towards resolution of this issue always remained inflexible.
The idea of Trans-boundary Peace Parks was developed in the 1923 with creation of the Waterton Glacier International Peace Park between Canada and United State.
Since then 169 parks have been developed in 113 different countries. Peace Parks have been introduced on the borders of India-Bhutan, India-Nepal as well as Pakistan-China and China-Nepal.