‘Irresponsible conduct of India can trigger grave security threat’

Maleeha Lodhi says Prime Minister Imran Khan is willing to talk about terrorism as well as the Kashmir dispute


News Desk February 22, 2019
Pakistan's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi. PHOTO: TWITTER

Pakistan's Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN), Maleeha Lodhi said the irresponsible conduct of Indian leadership was destabilising an already fraught situation between Pakistan and India following the Pulwama incident.

In an interview with Al Jazeera television, she said the situation could turn into a grave security threat not only to the region but also to international peace and security.

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“Pakistan would like to see a resumption of dialogue with India to address all outstanding issues between the two countries, said Maleeha.

She stressed, “Prime Minister Imran Khan has renewed his offer of talks to the Indian leadership and he is willing to talk about terrorism as well as the longstanding Kashmir dispute.”

Responding to a question, Pakistan’s envoy said she believes electoral politics in India was coming in the way of holding talks with Pakistan to deal with the issues between them.

According to her, 2018 was a deadly year in Indian-occupied Kashmir (IoK) with five hundred civilian killied in the disputed valley.

The attack — around 20 kilometres from the city of Srinagar on the main highway to Jammu — reportedly claimed by the banned Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) was the worst in Indian-occupied Kashmir in three decades. At least 44 Indian security personnel were killed.

Prime Minister Imran Khan – in an address to the nation – offered India an olive branch and said Islamabad was willing to act upon ‘actionable intelligence’ after sections of the Indian government and media accused the country of being involved in the attack.

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