Kashmir issue left unmentioned in United Nations

Published: November 15, 2010
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A view of United Nations Headquarters in New York, New York. PHOTO: EPA

A view of United Nations Headquarters in New York, New York. PHOTO: EPA

Pakistan has objected to the exclusion of Kashmir from a list of disputes under the observation of the Security Council as mentioned by the UK’s top diplomat in an annual debate on UNSC reforms.

Speaking at a UN General Assembly session discussing the functioning and reform of the Security Council, Pakistan’s acting envoy to UN, Amjad Hussain Sial, said the Jammu and Kashmir dispute was not mentioned in the context of unresolved long-running situations.

He hoped this was an inadvertent omission, saying, “we understand this was an inadvertent omission, as Jammu and Kashmir is one of the oldest disputes on agenda of the Security Council.”

Speaking earlier at the General Assembly, the UK envoy to the UN, Mark Lyall Grant, said that “some long-running situations, including in the Middle East, Cyprus and Western Sahara remain unresolved, as do issues where the Council has become engaged in recent years, including Nepal and Guinea Bissau.”

“Huge challenges remain in Sudan, Somalia and the DRC,” he added.

The session was organised by the United Kingdom as it holds the presidency of the Security Council this month. Pakistan has been asking the UN to intervene to help resolve the issue but India has always maintained that it has to be resolved bilaterally between the two countries and without mediation of third party.

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  • Ravi
    Nov 15, 2010 - 3:41PM

    Guess, People around the world have realized that “Kashmir” is internal problem of “India”. There are others yet to come to terms. Many have their political career at stake if this issue die down. They will use all tricks of the trade to revive this.

    Let Peace prevail in Kashmir ….Recommend

  • SKChadha
    Nov 15, 2010 - 4:01PM

    This is a correct position as to Kashmir at least for Pakistan. Please read the ‘Shimla Agreement’ in its letter and spirit. Any mention of Kashmir unilaterally is violation of this agreement. At least PPP should respect the writings of its founding leader ZAB.Recommend

  • Nov 15, 2010 - 4:12PM

    Surprising. Pakistan should be arguing to have the Kashmir issue removed from the list. After all it is Pakistan’s non-compliance with the conditions of the UN-resolution that prevented the plesbicite from taking place.

    Please read the UN resolution before hollering about Kashmiri rights. Recommend

  • Post Human
    Nov 15, 2010 - 4:22PM

    Indeed. Kashmir is an “internal matter” for India. Just as Aksai Chin and Arunachal Pradesh are “internal matters” for China. Or Palestine for Israel. Or my neighbor’s yard is my internal matter.Recommend

  • Tony Singh
    Nov 15, 2010 - 5:32PM

    @Post Human
    As Tibet, Taiwan is for China, Sindh, Baluchistan, POK for Pakistan, Chechnya for Russsia,…do you need more examples? Can provideRecommend

  • Ben
    Nov 15, 2010 - 7:59PM

    It seems that Kashmir has been reduced to just a K-word for mentioning in statements. It was India who had requested UN that Kashmir is a dispute. Read more at: link textRecommend

  • Priya
    Nov 15, 2010 - 9:41PM

    If only Pakistanis think about themselves before others ( I am not suggesting that they should/should not support the Kashmir cause that they believe in). All of us have our own problems and yet we also have opinions about everything everyone else is doing (applies to everyone – Indians, Pakistanis, Americans…). But we should not get so carried away by the problems of others that we forget our own. If Pakistanis truly want to do something for Kashmir, get your own house in order, make a position for yourself in the world (and I don’t mean the 7th largest nation in the world, which is incidental) and then play the game from a place of strength. You will be able to REALLY help Kashmiris then (if thats what you REALLY want). There is a saying in hindi, dhobi ka kutta na ghar ka na ghat ka roughly translated neither here nor there. Support Kashmiris but not at the expense of your nation. SWAT and FATA are not disputed territories and yet more people are being killed there daily than in Kashmir. Kashmir has not been resolved for last 60+ yrs, forget about it for another 20. Invest your time, energy and money in your nation and donot be idealistic fools. Be pragmatic while you have time.Recommend

  • Kataria
    Nov 15, 2010 - 10:00PM

    Mr. Sial has got it right, an inadvertent omission.Recommend

  • Anoop
    Nov 15, 2010 - 10:44PM

    Dispute for Pakistan. Internal matter for India. Ultimately, the one who has control over the area that matters and he has all the cards. That, in this case, is India.

    With Pakistan crumbling, India will solve its problems and bring back the pre-1987 era in Kashmir.Recommend

  • Noor Nabi
    Nov 16, 2010 - 12:48AM

    Pakistan Zindabad! This is what happens when the military sticks its nose in defining and executing foreign policy. Have we forgotten the slap in our face in 1971?Recommend

  • Pardeep Singh
    Nov 16, 2010 - 8:17AM

    Call it ‘inadvertent omission’ or whatever you like. Chances are that this ‘inadvertent omission’ is going to occur more frequently – thanks to Pakistan for perpetrating the Mumbai Attacks. Right now, Pakistan’s credibility is non-existent after proof is being outed everyday of the involvement of ‘state actors’ in that ghastly crime. The UN chief himself has openly said that Kashmir is a bilateral issue and it is not up to the UN to intervene. So there it is. Don’t be so amazed about such ‘omissions’ in the future.Recommend

  • Anwar
    Nov 16, 2010 - 12:04PM

    I don’t know if I’m more amused at the fact that the UN forgot to mention the Kashmir issue or the fact that more Indians read Express Tribune than Pakistanis.

    AnwarRecommend

  • Anwar
    Nov 16, 2010 - 12:08PM

    …and to add,

    I’m also quite amused at how many scholars we have in India with regards to the situation along our Afghan border. I almost burst out laughing when one person commented about more people dying in Swat than Indian occupied Kashmir. It’s really sad how ill-informed and brainwashed Indian (and I would suppose Indian media are) when it comes to anything related to Pakistan. Apparently it’s Pakistan’s fault that some “guy” managed to use a rubberboat and sail right into India’s largest city and bring that country to it’s knees for 3 days. That’s Pakistan’s fault? Is it also Pakistan’s fault that this “guy” managed to recruit a dozen or so LOCAL Indians to aid in the “attack”.

    Arguing or debating with Indians is like talking to an annoying little 2 year old who’ll keep on repeating the same word they’ve recently learned.

    Grow up IndiaRecommend

  • kamal
    Nov 16, 2010 - 12:10PM

    India could have solved this problem in few hrs…Simple solution..Stop Pakistan’s water unless they stop militancy in J&K..they will come to term in few hrs…unnecessary India is talking to Pakistan,there is no need…Recommend

  • kamal
    Nov 16, 2010 - 2:52PM

    Anwar..if Pakistani militant coming from pakistan is not Pakistan’s fault then there is no river generating from pakistan can’nt be India’s fault…We should keep ur water supply according to ur logic…Recommend

  • kamal
    Nov 16, 2010 - 2:58PM

    U send militant to kill innocent persons and then lecture us that its not ur fault..We will grow up but u….U tried for last 60 yrs to compete with India and see the result what you got…Kasmir,Siachin,SirCrrek,Bagledesh,Water..what u got???.you keep trying to compete with us and exhaust all you resources…and see where we are..the most powerful person in world come and beg jobs from us whereas you are a global centre of militancy..You keep up this competition going,this competition itself is enough…Recommend

  • Anonymous
    Nov 16, 2010 - 3:49PM

    Come on UN you just can’t do this! You have robbed us from the daily dose of patriotism and amusement and the slinging matches on ET. This is just unacceptable to commentators of both the countries here. Please please please bring it back on UN list of unresolved issues, else how would we feed our families?Recommend

  • Priya
    Nov 16, 2010 - 8:21PM

    and to add (only excerpts) –

    PIPS Reports
    South Asia Conflict Report: October 2010
    Published: November 08, 2010
    An Overview
    During the month of October 2010, Pakistan stood to be the most volatile country in the South Asian region, where Taliban militancy, nationalist insurgency and ethno-political violence coupled with sectarianism claimed 667 lives and caused 643 injuries. Militancy related incidents killed 546 persons and wounded 189 others in Afghanistan making it the second worst-hit country. Political violence and militancy in Indian administered Kashmir is gradually escalating, where 31 individuals were killed, majority of them by the Indian security forces. Maoists in Indian north east are also gearing up against the state apparatus and showing no signs of restraint. The overall security situation in Nepal, Sri Lanka and Maldives remained stable and peaceful. (See Chart 1)

    Chart 1: Casualties in South Asia

    India – 37 killed, 30 injured
    Kashmir – 31 killed, 40 injured
    Pakistan – 667 killed, 643 injuredRecommend

  • Priya
    Nov 16, 2010 - 10:07PM

    @Anwar – You may be right and I may be misinformed about the no. of deaths in Swat, however I had recently read Pakistan security report 2009 by Pak Institute of Peace Studies ( an independent think tank based out of Islamabad (no brainwashing by Indian media here) )which said and I quote –

    The NWFP and FATA were the worst affected areas by the militancy throughout the
    year. Terrorist attacks were slightly up in 2009 compared to the previous year when 1,009 attacks were reported. Swat, Peshawar, Kohat and Bannu were the most affected districts of the NWFP during the year. (SeeTable 5)
    Table 5: Terrorist attacks in NWFP
    District No. of Attacks Killed Injured
    Peshawar 170 445 1,520
    Swat 248 223 295
    D. I. Khan 90 161 441
    Kohat 140 119 291
    Lakki Marwat 38 8 35
    Mardan 35 12 33

    and to add (only excerpts) –

    PIPS Reports
    South Asia Conflict Report: October 2010
    Published: November 08, 2010
    An Overview
    During the month of October 2010, Pakistan stood to be the most volatile country in the South Asian region, where Taliban militancy, nationalist insurgency and ethno-political violence coupled with sectarianism claimed 667 lives and caused 643 injuries. Militancy related incidents killed 546 persons and wounded 189 others in Afghanistan making it the second worst-hit country. Political violence and militancy in Indian administered Kashmir is gradually escalating, where 31 individuals were killed, majority of them by the Indian security forces. Maoists in Indian north east are also gearing up against the state apparatus and showing no signs of restraint. The overall security situation in Nepal, Sri Lanka and Maldives remained stable and peaceful. (See Chart 1)

    Chart 1: Casualties in South Asia

    India – 37 killed, 30 injured
    Kashmir – 31 killed, 40 injured
    Pakistan – 667 killed, 643 injured

    The objective of my comments earlier was not to be statistically accurate but was to drive home the point that if my house is on fire and so is my neighbours, whose house will I save first? My house is definitely on fire and I am trying to save mine. I am perplexed why are Pakistanis not trying to do the same. Also Indians read Pakistani newspapers because they are interested in knowing what is happening in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Arijit Sharma
    Nov 17, 2010 - 3:08AM

    @Anwar : ” ….. Apparently it’s Pakistan’s fault that some “guy” managed to use a rubberboat and sail right into India’s largest city and bring that country to it’s knees for 3 days. That’s Pakistan’s fault? …. Arguing or debating with Indians is like talking to an annoying little 2 year old who’ll keep on repeating the same word they’ve recently learned. …. Grow up India

    The number of Pakistanis killed by your non-state actors has far exceeded the number killed in Mumbai. Very comforting is it not ?Recommend

  • vasan
    Nov 17, 2010 - 3:29PM

    ” ….. Apparently it’s Pakistan’s fault that some “guy” managed to use a rubberboat and sail right into India’s largest city and bring that country to it’s knees for 3 days. That’s Pakistan’s fault? …. Arguing or debating with Indians is like talking to an annoying little 2 year old who’ll keep on repeating the same word they’ve recently learned. …. Grow up India”

    It shows the bloggers knowledge about all the revelations about the involvement of Pakistani terrorists/ Retired army personnel and possibly ISI in the Mumbai Mayhem. For your information some “guy” is your Ajmal Kasab, a Pakistani national . You may not know it because your army has blacked out his relatives, village and any news about him. You may know about one Mr Headly because US and India did not blackout news about his role with CIA/LeT and Mumbai massacre. If u dont know, please write comments after updating yourself with all the news .
    Sigh, Dear Pakistani bretheren when will u come out of the standard denial mode and confess.Recommend

  • Ahmer Ali
    Nov 22, 2010 - 12:58PM

    Assalam-o-Allaikum Warahmatullah.Now there’s any silver lining in the dark clouds left to resolve Kashmir issue according to the UN charter when UNO has discharged Kashmir issue from UN charter?This UN’s attitude has clearly defined that UNO is only the protector of non-muslim world related countries and there’s no importance of muslim countries in UNO.Now the muslim world must be reunited on their own platform and make more and more stronger to OIC to resolve their disputes with the non-muslim nations with bravery and courage.Recommend

  • Saba
    Nov 28, 2010 - 11:05PM

    Hold a plebiscite instead of threatenign to stop water coming into Pakistan. We all know India cannot pull that trick in the 21st century. It has to maintain a facade of a non-voilent country (!?!) that produced Gandhi. Also, I’m sure it does not want to invite world condemnation. Proposing such a thing is not only childish but also hampers intellectual debate. Hopefully sense will prevail.Recommend

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