UNGA: Pakistan accuses India of war crimes in Kashmir

Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said UN Secretary-General should appoint a special envoy on Kashmir

india Updated: Sep 22, 2017 09:00 IST
Yashwant Raj
Yashwant Raj
Hindustan Times, Washington
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Pakistan's Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi addresses the 72nd Session of the United Nations General assembly at the UN headquarters in New York on Thursday(AFP)

Pakistan has accused India of committing war crimes in Kashmir and sought the appointment of a special envoy to settle the dispute and a commission to investigate alleged human rights violations in the restive state.

It also urged the world community to help end state-sponsored terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir, which has been witnessing a spurt in militancy following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in July last year.

In his first remarks to the UN general assembly at the UN headquarters in New York , Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was scathing in his attack on India.

The prime minister also took aim at the United States seemingly, harnessing a sense of distress felt at home by growing alienation from a one-time ally. Without naming the US or President Trump, Abbasi spoke of “rising racism and religious hatred” and “physical walls” and “psychological barriers”.

But Abbasi saved the most acrimonious allegations for India. “Pakistan demands an international investigation into India’s crimes in Kashmir,” he said and demanded the setting up of an inquiry Commission “to verify the nature and extent of India’s human rights violations, secure the punishment of those responsible and provide justice and relief to the victims”.

The prime minister went on to accuse India of violating the Line of Control in Kashmir, saying there were 600 such violence since January this year. He added that Pakistan had shown restraint but “if India does venture across the LoC, or acts upon its doctrine of ‘limited’ war against Pakistan, it will evoke a strong and matching response”.

India say it did “venture” across the Line of Control in 2016 when it carried out a surgical strike into Pakistan and destroyed terrorist camps in retaliation for two strikes carried out against Indian forces by outfits that came from across the border. Nineteen soldiers had died in one of those terror attacks.

Pakistan prime minister went on to say that as India was not willing to resume dialogue to resolve the dispute, the Security Council should “fulfill its obligation to secure the implementation of its own resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir”.

“To this end,” he added, “the UN Secretary-General should appoint a special envoy on Kashmir.”

First Published: Sep 22, 2017 08:59 IST